Randy Couture at UFC 109
Former UFC champion Randy Couture’s retirement has been a hot topic of conversation several years now. He is questioned about being at the end of his run after every fight.
Couture himself sees the end of his career as, well, open-ended.
He came close to calling it quits after his last fight, a first-round drubbing of heavyweight boxing champion James Toney, saying that if he couldn’t get a fight that excited him, Couture would walk away.
One of the fights he wanted was former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Couture sees Machida as an interesting puzzle to solve.
For a time, it didn’t look like the fight he wanted would come to fruition, but eventually, the UFC brass made it happen.
Couture doesn’t see the Machida as the next step to another title run.
“(Another title run would be) just the icing on the cake. That’s not really what it’s about for me at this point,” he told MMAWeekly.com.
Without a title run in his plans, will the Machida fight at UFC 129 on April 30 be Couture’s swan song?
He’s not quite ready to make that declaration either, not wanting to become “the Brett Favre of MMA.”
MMAWeekly.com conducted the following video interview with Couture where he talks about how the Machida fight came together, his interest in the fight, all the retirement talk, and how the 47-year-old former champion sees the twilight of his career…