Randy Couture’s fighting future is continually called into question anytime it is announced that he will step into the cage. The UFC Hall of Famer and multiple-time champion will face former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida in just under two weeks at UFC 129, and told ESPN.com that this bout will likely be his last.
“I believe this is my last fight,” said Couture. “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.”
After reneging on his previous retirement — which came in 2006 after his rubber match with Chuck Liddell — Couture has opted never again to publicly announce when he hangs up his gloves, preferring to let the end speak for itself.
“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.”
UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields will take place in front of 55,000 fans at Rogers Centre on April 30 and will mark the UFC’s first trip into Toronto. Headlined by a welterweight title bout between champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Jake Shields, the event has already broken all UFC attendance and gate records.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.