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Randy Couture Says He’s Going to Retire For Real This Time


(UFC 129 will be bittersweet for Couture fans.)

All good things must come to an end, and according to Randy Couture, so to must his career.

The 48-year-old UFC Hall-of-Famer who time and time again has defied the odds and laughed in the face of Father Time to win championships and fights he was meant to lose, says that win, lose or draw, his UFC 129 bout against Lyoto Machida will be his last.

“I believe this is my last fight,” Couture told ESPN.com’s Josh Gross on Monday. “I know the UFC is probably going to have other ideas, especially with acquiring Strikeforce and all that. They’re probably going to try to draw me into another fight but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I want to stick to my guns and this is the last one.”

What better venue for Couture, whose final bout will be the 30th of his storied career, to bid the sport adieu than Toronto’s Rogers Centre in front of 55,000-plus fans.

There’s no doubt that “The Natural” could continue to compete and that he has as good a chance of anyone at upsetting the former UFC light heavyweight champion, Machida to earn contendership status, but according to Couture, he wants to leave the sport on a high note.

“I will miss the competition immensely but I want to go out on my terms,” Couture said. “I want to go out when I think it’s time to go out and not because I lost this fight or lost that fight or because I had an injury that precludes me from training the way I want to train. I want to make the decision on my own.”

The former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion, whose focus will shift to acting after his fight with Machida, says he has no plans of stepping away from the sport completely. Besides taking on an active role in championing fighters’ rights causes when needed, and transitioning back into an analyst’s role like he did with The Fight Network in Toronto the last time he retired,  Couture says will continue to train and operate his Vegas-based Xtreme Couture gym and to mentor and coach his stable of fighters, including Martin Kampmann, Mike Pyle and his son, Ryan.

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Misfit29er- April 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm
RSparrow - Totally sick, yet hilarious at the same time!
TheHulkSmash- April 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm
Dude wears dentures, no? Them teeth aren't real.
fatbellyfrank- April 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm
Whatever I said last time he retired
RSparrow- April 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm
I want to dip Randy's ear in Velveta with Rotel.
KarmaAteMyCat- April 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm
@Din Mak

I didn't say hendo deserved his last title shot. I just said Fedor won't beat him.
dranokills- April 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm
I hope pisschida knocks captain douchebag OUT!
happy retirement.
jimbonics- April 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm
I’ll Say it; ‘Fedor wins against Hendo.’-me too
LOKI- April 19, 2011 at 12:02 pm
I'll Say it; 'Fedor wins against Hendo.'-me
dim mak- April 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm
@Karma--I'm not saying Fedor wins against Hendo, but I think it'll be more competitive than you're suggesting. Fedor gave up a ton of size against those Werdum and Bigfoot Silva. He should look a lot different against guys who are close to his own weight.

Besides--Hendo has lost two in row twice in his career, so isn't your logic kinda flawed?
Eyes red as Fedor- April 19, 2011 at 11:56 am
It's probably time to retire when its glaringly obvious you have in dentures.
KarmaAteMyCat- April 19, 2011 at 11:32 am
Fedor will not be Hendo. He has lost two back to back fights. In what world does the guy losing back to back fights get to fight someone who has won back to back fights? No it's not happening sorry guys M1 Global fucked you all again.
Uppercut Magnet- April 19, 2011 at 11:22 am
This dude is almost Matt Lindland ugly.
Mongrel- April 19, 2011 at 11:20 am
RWR, only one of your opening words applies to Randy and that's the main reason for his retirement.
JZ89- April 19, 2011 at 11:20 am
Money talks. If Fedor beats hendo, that matchup will still be relevant. Its a ploy for negotiations. He's like Hughes, old but will still do 'super fights'. I just hope it doesnt look like the WWE when they trot out Sgt Slaughter or the million dollar man once in a while. Maggots!
RwilsonR- April 19, 2011 at 11:08 am
Poor old fool. He can tell himself he is going out on "his terms" all he wants, but we all know he is going out on Jon Jones terms. Win or lose this fight, he still loses if he keeps winning at LHW and has to fight Jones. Smart move on Randy's part to get out now.
Mongrel- April 19, 2011 at 11:02 am
Couture vs Fedor should be his retirement fight, and not some meaningless match-up against a guy who leans so far back, that if he wanted, he could drink his own piss.
ExpectJesusBro- April 19, 2011 at 10:31 am
GOONIES NEVER DIE!
ExpectJesusBro- April 19, 2011 at 10:27 am
I THINK HE'D PUT A WHOOPIN ON FEDOR AGAINST THE CAGE.
MOM!! WHERE'S MY PROTIEN!??!
jimbonics- April 19, 2011 at 10:26 am
I'm with DarkHorse here.
nickyroose- April 19, 2011 at 10:19 am
There's no way he's passing an epic bout with Fedor. ZiffaForce make it happen.
Spicymeatball- April 19, 2011 at 10:17 am
HGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Eyes red as Fedor- April 19, 2011 at 10:13 am
Here's to hoping he's spending time with his family and gym and not working on his clothing line unless working on means scrapping every design and starting over without gold leafing, skulls, or gothic fonts.
LOKI- April 19, 2011 at 10:08 am
There he gos, one of Crom's own prototypes. Too small for heavyweight, too slow for light heavyweight.
Good riddance if its true but honestly the next time he gets married/divorced he'll be back.
italia furia- April 19, 2011 at 10:05 am
Does Couture win vs. Machida by anything other than Decision? I think he stifles Machida's striking and utilizes dirty boxing along the cage...but I mean, we've seen it before...if only it would've worked against Brock...
destinationblood- April 19, 2011 at 10:05 am
fake teeth?.....
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