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Lyoto Machida: “Randy Will Be Leaving The Octagon As A Champion And Legend”

UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields takes place this Saturday, April 30 from the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario in front of 55,000. The event, which has already broken all UFC attendance and gate records, will mark the UFC’s first trip into Toronto.

In one of the featured bouts on the main card, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will be taking on fellow former champ and UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture in what is likely “The Natural’s” last fight inside the Octagon.

“I have so much respect for Randy Couture; I am honored to match up my skills with a legend, especially in front of the biggest crowd in UFC history,” Machida recently stated. “If this truly is Randy’s final fight, it is truly an honor, because people always remember the final fight of a legend.”

Known for his ability to formulate and implement a game plan as well as for his exceptional grappling/clinch fighting acumen, Couture presents a stylistic challenge to Machida and poses a real threat to the elusive Brazilian karateka. Machida is no failure of a tactician himself though and, realizing full well what Couture brings to the table, has formulated a game plan of his own to combat “The Natural.”

“Randy is known for always having a plan, for being able to figure out any style and always coming up with a battle plan,” said Machida. “I look forward to matching my skills and tactics against his, but regardless of the result, Randy will be leaving the Octagon as a champion and legend.”

Machida and Couture will face off this weekend on the main card of UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields, which is headlined by a welterweight title bout between champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Jake Shields. As always, we will be providing live coverage of the event here at For the latest card and updated news for the event, click here.

Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.