Though there are few sure things in MMA, especially when it comes to retirement, UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture is very much looking at his upcoming bout against Lyoto Machida as his last.
“The Natural” has hung up the gloves before, retiring after his third bout against Chuck Liddell in 2006, but he recently told ESPN.com that he believes the decision will stick this time.
“I believe this is my last fight,” Couture said. “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.”
The 47-year old explained that he simply doesn’t want to get to the point where people are calling for his retirement out of concern for his health or where he is forced to call it quits because his body will no longer comply to the rigors of MMA training.
“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.”
Couture takes on walking Rubik’s cube Lyoto Machida on the 30th of this month on the main card of UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields, which will be taking place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.