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Randy Couture’s Next Retirement Tentatively Scheduled for April 30th

(“Why yes, I *am* getting too old for this shit. Thanks for asking!”)

During his 14-year MMA career, Randy Couture has ditched the UFC no less than three times — once in 1998 to pursue opportunities in Japan, the second time due to a short-lived retirement in 2006 following his second knockout loss to Chuck Liddell, and finally in 2007 due to a money disputes and a perceived lack of respect. Each time, the lure of competition has brought him back to his home in the Octagon. But there’s only so much a 47-year-old can take, and after a series of vague hints in recent months, it seems like Randy is preparing us for his final departure, seriously, for real this time.

During an appearance on the ESPN UFC podcast, Couture stated that his upcoming UFC 129 fight against Lyoto Machida will very likely be his last, win or lose. As he put it:

“There’s a big chance this is my last fight. I’m not going to be making any official announcements, I don’t think anybody would buy it – I already did that once! But I’m in terrific shape, I’m feeling confident about Lyoto and dialling into the attack and how we’re going to get our hands on him. There’s a lot of other things calling me now, and there’s a chance this is the last one. I’ve got several other movies lined up, The Expendables 2 is coming up in September, and I’ve got my other businesses like the clothing company and the extension of the gym. Frankly, I’m tired of grinding it out, it’s time to enjoy life.”

Some fans have wondered if a win over Machida would short-track Couture to one last title-shot in the light-heavyweight division. And maybe that’s part of why Randy feels it’s a good time to exit stage left. Said Couture of reigning champ Jon Jones:

He’s got a ton of great tools, he’s very very impressive to watch. Anytime I’m facing a guy with a wrestling background, which he has got, it makes for a much tougher fight for me. It tends to cancel out my strength, which is my own wrestling background, and then you get down to the other stuff. I don’t know if that’s the kind of battle that I need in this stage of my life, and it would definitely be a battle.”

If Randy feels it’s finally time to hang ‘em up, we have nothing but respect for him. But hell, if they can drag Royce back in

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LOKI- March 31, 2011 at 5:37 am
This myth about Handy being a genius gameplanner is very puzzling to me. Who has he beatten who didnt turn out to be a scrub with his brilliant wall'n stall gameplan? He out wreslted Chuck when he had just got back from having his soul crushed by Rampage in Japan; he out Tito'd Tito, he couldnt do in 25 minutes what it took Abe Wagner all of 30 seconds to do to Timmay, he head-butted a guy nic-named 'big-nose' and broke his nose, its now common knowledge that Gonzaga has no heart. Handy has twice tapped to strikes, got subbed by Enson Fucking Inoae and Valentijn G'D Overeem!!! I know Vitor right? See Gonzaga above. Despite what the record says he lost to Pedro Rizzo BOTH times and Vera tooled him as well. Handy is the most overated fighter of all time and Machida is going to fucking own him from bell to bell.
Hesh to Steel- March 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm
It will? Machida has som KOs on his resume, and Handy CAN be concussed. The thing with Machida is, he has a distinct style, but guys know how to prepare for it now. Shogun figured it out, Hampage figured it out, and despite his age, Handy is one of the all-time great game-planners. This isn't as much of a lock as it seems. At least I don't think it is.
Fried Taco- March 30, 2011 at 3:57 pm
Why put Randy up against Machida for his last fight? Because if he loses, at least it will be a decision and not being KO'd. The wanted to have him fight Maynard if it wasn't for the weight difference.
Sopapo- March 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Mayb if machida looses he could go to strikeforce, thers tons of match ups id love to see. Against Gegard Mousasi or Rafael Cavalcante. Those would be nice .
Waxedpants- March 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm
Waxedpants- March 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm
I actually winced at the very thought of Couture vs Jones.
Waxedpants- March 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm
I concur
Smitty- March 30, 2011 at 3:25 pm
@ RwilsonR
Good shit bro.
intercept440- March 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm
i can just hear michael buffer now
intercept440- March 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm
win or loses lyoto still drinks piss.....but i predict in the near future lyoto will start chugging his own cum, all the while touting the natural benefits of inducing natural testosterone....then he will change his name to " Lyoto the Bukkake Killer Machida"
El Guapo- March 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm
I love Randy, I really do. How can you not, y'know? But if he does manage to get under those arms he'll then have to contend with the Dragon's piss breath. Never a good thing.
sPeLLcHeCkEr- March 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm
Definitely some potential in seeing an old white man's version of the "Stanky Leg", but I don't want to see The Natural go out like that.
agentsmith- March 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm
Yeah, but it's funny that they went from declaring "THE MACHIDA ERA!!!!!!!!!!!!11" to putting him in a fight that basically offers him nothing.
Uppercut Magnet- March 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

If Machida loses, he needs to fuck off back to his dojo teaching 10 year olds.
agentsmith- March 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm
This fight makes even less sense now. If Machida wins, it means little... because let's face it, a young former champ SHOULD beat Couture. But if Randy wins, that gives Machida 3 losses in a row, and then Couture just fucks off to Hollywood anyway.
DangadaDang- March 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm
If Couture fights Jones he's not going to have an option for retirement.
Bootylam- March 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm
Um no, do you guys watch the same Randy I do? Because the guy I watch has a tendency to get dropped. Machida is pinpoint and it equals a bad combo, doesn't matter where the fight goes.
ReX13- March 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm
I predict Couture will un-retire one more time to face Fedor Emelianenko. Not soon, though. Probably 2012.

And then the world will end.
Booosted- March 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm
@Romanhelmut. LOL that comment made me laugh, you never know with that Handy, he'll surprise people and maybe give Jones a fight with his game planning.
rcj5019- March 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Randy won't let Machida's dumb ass run all over the cage.
LOKI- March 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm
Handy cant afford to retire, he has too many ex-wives. After Lyoto is finished with him, gramps is gonna drop to casket weight.
Uppercut Magnet- March 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm
Maybe a fight with John Jones will help Couture's career as a character actor.
Romanhelmut- March 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm
He has a shot against Machida IF he can get him against the cage and I hope he does it....against Jones though....could be the first death in the UFC....
RwilsonR- March 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm
If Randy wins he should fight for the title one last time against Jo...... uh, yeah... maybe it is time to just hang 'em up.