(I guess we’re not the only ones.)
Well, you can’t ever say that Randy Couture is an underachiever.
In an interview with MMA Weekly Radio this week, the former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion said that he wants a title shot within the next six months against the winner of this weekend’s bout between 205-pound kingpin Lyoto Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
"I think within the next six months I’d like to be in line to fight the winner of the Machida/Shogun fight," Couture told MMAWeekly Radio host Damon Martin. "I’m going to be in Montreal to watch that fight very attentively. I think it’s going to be a great fight."
Like "The Natural," I too have some lofty goals that will probably never come to fruition, like hitting my lottery numbers and winning a Pulitzer for my CP body of work.
I know that asking for a title shot is nothing new in the fight game, but come on Randy. In your last four fights at 205, you subbed two aging veterans in Mike Van Arsdale and Mark Coleman, were knocked out by Chuck Liddell and stole a decision from Brandon Vera. Your next fight is against an MMA newcomer, who is no spring chicken himself and who a win against will neither raise nor lower your stock in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. Why not ask for a contender so you can earn a title shot, instead of resting on your laurels, past performances and name to get one?
I can’t see him getting his wish, but stranger things have happened. Regardless of whom the UFC decide to match Couture up with after Toney, they have no shortage of apt opponents. I realize that the sun is setting on his career, but I’d like to see him convincingly get by a few legit fighters like Rashad Evans, Quinton Jackson or perhaps, more intriguingly, a guy like Anderson Silva, before putting him in line for a title shot.