Las Vegan Kim Couture,

Women's Ambassador to Combat Sports,

Added to Kickboxing Empire World Championship Card


July 30, 2011

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada



Las Vegas' Kim Couture, one of the most prominent female

figures in combat sports, has been added as a special

attraction women's bout on the nationally and internationally

televised world championship Kickboxing Empire card

Saturday, July 30, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las



Promoted by Martial Arts Association of Las Vegas, the

eight-bout event also includes five current and former world

kickboxing champions, headlined by Alain "The Panther"

Ngalani of Hong Kong against Dzevad "BH Machine" Poturak

of Sarajevo, Bosnia, in a clash for the International Kickboxing

Association super heavyweight championship.


Other Las Vegans on the card include Chidi "Chidi Bang Bang

Njokuani and Shawn Yarborough.


Known, perhaps, as much for being the outspoken ex-wife of UFC great Randy Couture as she is for her own

fighting career, the attractive 35-year-old mother of two and admitted adrenaline junky says she's excited

over her lightweight bout July 30 against Jessica Bartness of Monroe, Washington.


"Everybody I know is freaking out that, finally, after four years, I have a fight here in Las Vegas," said

Couture, who goes by the nickname "Sugar Free."


"My pro debut was at home in Vegas and I haven't fought here since," said Couture. "It'll feel good to fight

here, because I'm always going to the hometown of my opponent to fight. It'll be a rush to be fighting in front

of so many friends. I'll feed off the support I get."


Having found success in diverse industries, including working as a casino executive and a law-enforcement

officer, before she began fighting, Couture isn't content to just fight her own ring battles. She also works

tirelessly promoting women's fighting, is in the process of opening her own gym, advises other fighters and is

hoping, eventually, to become a television commentator.


"I'm not out there trying to be a pinup model," said Couture, who could pass for one. "I don't care about

being the face of females in combat sports. But I do like being ambassador for the sport.


"I try to stay as busy as possible," said Couture. "I've been training kickboxing for six years. That's my most

dominant area, and I wouldn't take this fight if I didn't know I could win."


Throughout her career, Couture has had to deal with injuries, including a broken jaw sustained just a few

seconds into her grueling June 2008 professional MMA debut. But she says recent and much-needed

surgery has her feeling like an all-new fighter.


"I haven't fought since last October," said Couture. "I had to get as second surgery on my jaw. It was exactly

what I needed. I got kicked pretty hard in practice and it popped a part loose. There's a steel plate in the

front of my jaw, but I got the top part, by my ear, tightened up and it's all good as new now."


Couture will be working with female Cristiane "Cyborg" Santosfor the final portion of training for her

kickboxing bout July 30 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.


Other international fighters on that July 30 card include Denis Goncheronok of Minsk, Belarus; Sergio Cario

of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Edwin "El Tigre" Aguilar of Tijuana, Mexico; Pavel Turuk of Minsk; and Tim

Thomas of Birmingham, England.


The card starts at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) July 30 with doors to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

opening at 6:30.


Tickets-priced at $25, $35, $50, $75, $100 and $125-are available at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box

office daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and through Ticketmaster, either by calling 702-474-4000 or 800-745-3000

or going on line at


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