UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture may very well be making his last march into battle next weekend at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada when he takes on fellow former champ Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida on the main card of UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields.
“The Natural” has made every indication that he plans on hanging up his four ouncers for good after UFC 129 win, lose or draw — though he recently revealed that he has no intention of fully walking away from MMA or the UFC and would like to take an active role with the company following the end of his fighting days (props to FightersOnly.com).
“I’m sure they’re probably going to have ideas for other fights, they’re going to try to entice me into coming back and fighting again and I anticipate all those decisions,” said Couture. “But, we’ll see how that goes. I see myself hopefully being with the UFC and Zuffa and getting involved in some other way, shape or form.”
As far as how he sees himself playing into the further expansion of the company and of the company, Couture said that he is enticed by the idea of furthering the push for MMA’s legalization in New York and also that he would not be opposed to hopping into the commentator’s booth again alongside the current team of Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan.
“I know there are a lot of things to be done politically in a lot of places, certainly New York State comes to mind. But I enjoyed commentating when I did that for a couple years, that’s someplace I see myself going back to and kind of continuing to give that fighter’s perspective in the booth for Pay-Per-Views. So, we’ll see what Zuffa wants to do and how they want to keep me involved,” he said.
Though it is difficult to imagine Randy Couture doing anything other than laughing at Father Time by besting his younger peers time and again in the cage, either or both of those positions he listed would certainly suit “The Natural” well.