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Check Out This Tweet from Randy Couture, You Guys

Do you realize what this means?  Randy Couture uses emoticons.

It’s been anticipated and speculated upon for some time, but it looks like "The Natural" has officially called it a career via Twitter.  He actually seems kinda surprised that we expected him to fight again.

If he doesn’t get tempted to try it again maybe just one more time, Couture will ride off into the sunset with a 19-10 record and a Hall of Fame legacy.  He will presumably continue running gyms, training fighters, and making movies  "when something interesting comes up".  (Ed. note:  He’s come a long way since "Fighter #8".)

Years from now, you will probably slap a kid who says "Who is Randy Couture?" in a snotty tone you won’t care for, which will of course make Thanksgiving 2031 awkward for everyone involved, especially when your daughter shows up, drunk, and with that loser again.  She could clearly do better, but at that point she’s only keeping him around to annoy you, and predictably, it works.  I tell you, those kids in the future, they won’t have any respect. 

Feel free to share your warmest memories of Captain America in the comments, or, if you’re really brave, you can venture over to the forums



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DazedNConfused- December 15, 2010 at 10:03 am
Irish Dan, he's a legend, give it up.

His record isn't amazing, but he was always up for fighting anyone, jumping up and down weightclasses. He whooped Belfort when no one else could, beat Ortiz' ass when he was the best LHW in the world, fucked up Liddell when he was knocking everyone else out, and knocked out a giant Tim Sylvia who was ruling (albeit a weak) heavyweight division. He has a lot of upsets in his record, wasn't a flashy guy, and has been in the UFC forever. He has also fought in Rings, where he was one fight away from fighting Fedor (damn, the only fight that I would've liked to see Randy fight).

Now, what some people don't get (I don't know how:S) is Tito Ortiz of now, is definitely not the same as comparing to the one Couture beat. Tito was a legit fighter, freakishly strong, young, with a great gas tank, and scary GnP. That's like me saying Rich Franklin knocked out Chuck Liddell, as did everyone else in the last year, so of course Chuck wasn't thaaat good. It happens to all fighters, especially CroCop, holy shit haha.
MoonBelly- December 15, 2010 at 9:37 am
Nice caption, but you really missed a golden opportunity...
jimbonics- December 15, 2010 at 8:26 am
Yep, saw that Rusty. Couture v Machida.

RustyShackleford- December 15, 2010 at 8:04 am
ESPN front page today:

"Randy Couture says he's not retired"
jimbonics- December 15, 2010 at 7:38 am
Dear IrishDan (James Toney).

5-time champion. And he literally spanked Tito's ass.

Yes, legend.
Fried Taco- December 15, 2010 at 7:30 am
My favorite memory is the time he saved all those people from the burning building, and then caught the school bus just as it went over the cliff. What a guy!
IrishDan- December 15, 2010 at 7:28 am
@Canadian Chronic
Spanking Tito Ortiz's ass does not define a legend. Otherwise...half of the current UFC Light Heavyweights would be legends including...Matt Hamill, Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans!! I'm not saying the guy wasn't a good fighter...but!
LOKI- December 15, 2010 at 7:22 am
...Never really liked the bastard.

Good riddance.
Bill Clinton- December 15, 2010 at 7:10 am
My favorite memory of Randy is being nervous when he fought Gonzaga. Then he performed that high single and planted Gonzaga right on his head. That was awesome my whole family thought Randy was gonna lose but when that happened you should have seen there faces lol. I was like, the old man still has it!
Canadian Chronic- December 15, 2010 at 6:46 am
Wow, Irish Dan is an idiot.

who gives a fuck about his record, look at the names he fought and how many times did he fight for a title? at how many weight classes?

and he did it with class, style and integrity.

the definition of "legend".

spankin titos' ass in the ring has gotta be one of my fondest memories of capn america

kudos sir

IrishDan- December 15, 2010 at 6:30 am
Alright, I know people will disagree with me but 19-10 is not that great of a record for how highly regarded Randy is. For a fighter that's been around for a long time it's not even that many fights. I'm not saying he didn't have some great fights but to me he isn't the supposed 'Legend' everyone makes him out to be.
GILL-uh-TEEN- December 15, 2010 at 6:26 am
When he rescued us all from Tim Sylvia. Tim was a staller and Couture punched him in the mouth.

He was too old and too small to beat the giant, and he owned him in no time to win the title. It was almost like MMA's 'Foreman Comeback'. Old guys were overlooked and discarded until he made everyone take notice.
RSparrow- December 15, 2010 at 6:05 am
Randy isn't dead...

And you know he'll be back to do commentary

*Favorite memory - him jumping around on the trampolines on countdown show
cecils_pupils- December 15, 2010 at 5:14 am
Always better to go out on top. Props Randy.
Yazloz18- December 15, 2010 at 5:10 am
It really is a sad day. In a sport where you are paid to beat the shit out of people, where the most popular athletes are often guys who do more shit talking than exciting fighting, there was Randy. I can't remember once in his career that he spoke ill of anyone. In his career he was thrown to Vitor Belfort when Belfort was just earning his "Phenom" nickname, we lost his HW title to a roider in Josh Barnett, came back against a much larger Tim Sylvia and dominated and then lost his title to a freakishly large man with a .500 record in the promotion, and never once did he make his grievances known. You will be missed Randy
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- December 15, 2010 at 4:55 am
Mu brother once said(and he may have heard it somewhere else) that Greco roman/freestyle/what ever you wanna call it wrestling was the american martial art. well Randy you where the Bruce Lee of that shit. MMA has come a long way with the help of guys like RC and many others adapting boxing (yea I still love the sweet science) BJJ and all other styles.
The Tito ass spanking was the best. Randy, Ali, and Jordan. The three sports figures I would like to meet some day.
Best to you Cpt. Thanks for the memories
Red Baron- December 15, 2010 at 4:12 am
Although Mr. Couture came from wrestling, not martial arts, he epitomizes the martial spirit of honor, respect, and dignity that is sorely lacking in MMA. Mouthy, doofi like Leben, Ortiz, and the Diaz brothers are the final impediment to MMA/UFC breaking through to be mainstream enough to be the biggest sport in ther world that Dana White thinks it will be.

And right there at the top you have Dana, leading the charge to show to the uninformed/unconverted potential MMA fan that MMA is full of high energy low IQ leaders and followers for whom a degree of success has come in spite of themselves, due mostly to their work ethic and/or God-given ability.

Randy Couture should have Dana's job...and his jet, and Ferrari...
BuckWild- December 15, 2010 at 3:17 am
I just scratched the inside of my nose and made it bleed! You know what I've learned from this?

Gotta cut them finger nails!

Oh yea.. Randy... why on twiter? I mean, you could have pimped this out on a ppv special called... I don't know.. "The decision" !!!

DARKHORSE06- December 15, 2010 at 12:11 am
Randy going in as a 10-1 underdog against the seemingly unbeatable Vitor Belfort and beating the fuck out of him.

KINGMADE- December 14, 2010 at 11:47 pm
I had sex with the love of my life for the first time the night I watched him destroy Tim Silvia.
Ballkick- December 14, 2010 at 11:15 pm
My favorite memory of RC aka Captain America was when he cut loose that Sukkubus move he ever made.
Komodo- December 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm
Enjoy the fruit Cap'n.
Sudos KFC- December 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm
I liked the part where he threw stonecold into the fire. mma> wwe
Prometheus- December 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm
Thank god he beat Toney. Imagine going out after a loss to him...
Socal Tot- December 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm
Kind of funny how this happens the day after Brett Favre's consecutive NFL start streak ended. Favre played one too many years. Captain America left on a high note after defending MMA from a disrespectful boxer. Good move by Randy! Stay classy.