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Randy Couture: ‘It’s Probably Time to Move on From Fighting’

(As long as Stallone keeps making "The Expendables" sequels like he did with Rocky and Rambo, Randy will  have years of work ahead of him.)

Well, it looks like Randy Couture really is planning to walk away from fighting *for good* in favor of a movie career. 

The UFC Hall-of-Famer and the promotion’s former heavyweight and light heavyweight champ spoke with John O’Regan from Fighters Only over the weekend while in London to corner Mike Pyle for his UFC 121 fight with John Hathaway and he said that it’s likely that his days of fighting are behind him.

“I don’t know what is gonna happen on the fight front. I have had my wars, done my thing. I’ve been having fun, I can still fight, but I am not sure I want to make another run at the title or anything like that," Couture explained. “I enjoy the sport, I enjoy fighting, but its probably time to move on."

I’m not sure if retiring coming off of a win to James Toney is the way I’d want to go out, but I’m not a professional fighter with a storied MMA career like Randy, so what do I know?

Although he admitted last week that Hollywood producers aren’t knocking down his door because of his roles in The Expendables and The Scorpion King, Couture says that he has at least one upcoming movie role locked in for 2011.

“I’m not sure what I am gonna do. I am definitely gonna make some more movies there is no question about that. We start shooting the sequel for The Expendables in March, this next Spring, so I am excited about that," he said. "I hope to diversify [my roles], I would like to try a little bit of everything, we’ll see. Its a fickle business, so you never know what is going to happen."

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Fishkeeper- November 19, 2011 at 1:10 am
Too bad for this guy but we just have to accept it. Everyone has ups and downs
Fisicoculturismo- September 26, 2011 at 8:15 am
Randy should just stop fighting. Fisicoculturismo y la Salud
fatbellyfrank- October 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm
All the best Randy, absolutely nothing left to prove and genuine legend in Fighting circles, Karmaatemycat said it beautifully
hooligun- October 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm
why don't you wankers like Bloody Elbow?
Clyde- October 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm
Ninja nerd does have a point. Yeah, I'd like to see Randy go out after winning both titles again and spanking Shogun, Rashad, Rampage, Jones, Velasquez, Lesnar, Carwin and Dos Santos in quick succession. But, this will not happen.

It's not the best way to go, but it's a dignified way and he deserves that. He's a legend and he shouldn't be remembered as another stubborn old bastard who refused to accept that he isn't what he used to be. Cash in on your fame Randy. Milk it for everything it's worth and get out with your brain still intact and enough assests to survive your next few divorces.
Elentius- October 20, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Not so sure that he will only be remembered for the Toney fight... ya know being 5 time world champ and all. He is a great actor and all. Made me feel like a woman when he yelled at me from the body-by-jake commercial.
Joedirt- October 20, 2010 at 12:05 pm
Expendables kicked so much ass they had to fly in colons from other countries just to try to meet the demand.
jimbonics- October 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm

It took you 14+ weeks to realize we're all haters and shit talkers? To the 'tard farm with you!

And by 'tard farm, I mean Bloody Elbow.

Talking shit about us talking shit is counter-productive.
FreddyFangers- October 20, 2010 at 10:56 am
He should have retired about a year ago. His fights are terrible to watch now. All couture does these days is push his opponent against the fence and then hold them there. He is a HOFer and was great for the sport, but I dont really think anyone is really clamoring to see him fight anymore. Ride of into the sunset of B-movies, playboy.
Goog- October 20, 2010 at 10:46 am
I remember a handsome young Mexican fighter who "moved on" to acting a couple years ago. His big role was [maybe?] the lead in a hand-held cell phone video defending the honor of some woman on a sidewalk outside the bar and beating down a college football player.

Then there was this other fella [who should be in jail], but instead of fighting, he decided he put the sport on the map and was too good to waste time with all this crap [or honor his contract] after losing a few fights, so he "moved on" to disgrace acting itself with his betrayal... er, portrayal... of one of the biggest icons of the 80's. Not even the popularity of the character was enough to make people believe this turd had potential, so he, too, is back fighting.

Randy, you've done it all. You're awesome. The only thing I wanna see you fight again is the urge to prove you still have it. Thank you for a storied Hall of Fame career. Best of luck. Stay involved in the sport somehow... if only to corner or promote some new talent. You are not the next big thing to cross over to the big screen. Or any screen. If Gina Carano's tits aren't putting asses in seats, your whiskered dome ain't gonna do it. Love you, buddy.

[I should add... I do think he's got a few good fights left in him. He's by no stretch showing signs of being steamrolled.]
steampunk22- October 20, 2010 at 10:43 am
I'd like to see him fight Matyushenko before he goes out. Good matchup.
danomite- October 20, 2010 at 10:25 am
I thought Couture was actually a decent actor when he did an episode of the Unit, but that might have been because he had a limited amount of lines. In my opinion 90% of being a successful actor is how you look and how you sound. The other 10% is your actual acting talent. I don't think Randy has the voice to be a serious actor, and the cauliflower ears and scars kind of limit the roles he'll get (i.e. i don't think he'll be portraying a doctor anytime soon) but good luck to him. I will say that he wasn't the worst actor in the Expendables, so you know, he's got that goin for him.

Also, can we just go ahead and start calling people's bluffs when they say they aren't coming back to CP anymore? I'm getting tired of seeing a "that's it! I'm never coming here again..." comment in every article. From now on if people say they aren't coming back, do them a favor and ban them or something. Voicing disagreements with the articles or the writers is fine, but you don't have to threaten to leave to get your point across.
El Famous Burrito- October 20, 2010 at 10:16 am
Don't go, NinjaNerd8!

You forget about the best reason to check CagePotato:

To see who wants to kick Ben Goldstein's ass today.

KarmaAteMyCat- October 20, 2010 at 10:11 am
Randy Couture has more then payed his Due's he has set the way for many others. Xtreme Couture is a training camp that in my Opinion is one of the best in the business. It produces solid Fighters with well rounded games and yet has a sense of family value and brotherhood. Randy is leaving nothing in the cage and no questions unanswered this is how I see this situation. His son Ryan has just started his own Legacy. To be honest though this could be the best thing for Xtreme Couture as a company and and Captain America as an Individual going out on top. Considering he has been in the fight game for well over 15yrs now. He can write a book(I know I'd buy it) Have some interesting experiences in life that don't involve training camps and recovery time from fights. I say Au revoir and good luck Captain America you represented wrestlers globally everytime you stepped into that cage. They call Colemen the Godfather of ground and pound, I call you the godfather of Dirty Boxing and Cage work. Thank you for Evolutionizing our sport. Gods speed. Let the man be now. Oh and I cannot wait for Expendables Duece
NinjaNerd8- October 20, 2010 at 9:39 am
Actually, I'm done. Goodbye CP. Everything on here is a repost of shit I read the previous day on the UG anyway.
NinjaNerd8- October 20, 2010 at 9:37 am
Jesus fucking christ, CP. Nothing's good enough for you is it? Nah you know what, you're right. He should get 4-5 more KO losses before he goes out.

Whether you're going out like Liddell or going out like Couture, CP is bashing you along the way.
Fried Taco- October 20, 2010 at 9:36 am
Any chance we can get Kim Couture to move on, too?
Kimbos Bread- October 20, 2010 at 9:31 am
Randy should quit now.

Quit while you're ahead. It's more than just a phrase you know.
Sho Nuff- October 20, 2010 at 9:29 am
If he retires here, Randy goes out after a storied career, a hall of famer, who had one last great war in the ring with another living legend (Minotauro) and who's last act was to defend the sport he loves from a trash talking boxer who thought MMA guys couldn't stand up to a real boxer.

And you think that might not be the best way to go out? Who should he emulate, Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, Ken Shamrock?
Dubbs- October 20, 2010 at 9:19 am
Focus on acting huh? I guess these are the kinds of decisions one makes after a night of pinning HGH and full body electrolysis at Sly Stallone's house. Don't worry about side-effects Randy, face paralyzing mini-strokes add character....
newdeal- October 20, 2010 at 9:18 am
Better he retire on a high note than after multiple embarrassing knockouts like liddell
David_Banner- October 20, 2010 at 9:14 am
Beating Toney was the best exit for Randy,imo. I prefer that over watching him get grinded to a bloody mess or getting knocked out by one of Shoguns head kicks. Really, I don't want to watch Randy get chewed up by and spit out. As much as we all hate to admit it, Randy, as game as he is, doesnt have the chin or quads to handle the abuse the upper 205 division will give him. I'd rather see him at UFC fan expos, cage side, and doing some Fight analysis for ESPN ect ect. He is, after all, a master of both.