Randy Couture has stated almost certainly that this Saturday’s bout against Lyoto Machida will likely be his last as a professional mixed martial artist.
However, the fact that Couture has “retired” before and still sounds less than one hundred percent sure that he won’t return to action makes UFC president Dana White believe that “The Natural” might be sticking around past his date with Machida.
“The press started calling me and saying, ‘What do you think about Randy Couture retiring?'” White said at yesterday’s pre-fight press conference. “And my answer to that was, ‘I’ve heard this before. And I’ve actually seen it before.’
In addition to explaining his belief that Couture still rests among the top ten best light heavyweights in the world, White told the gathered media what his expectations for the fight are and what he thinks of the bout’s importance.
“This is a big fight for both guys,” he said. “I expect fireworks. Couture’s the master of going out there and figuring out a game plan to beat anybody with any style. And Lyoto Machida has proven he has the style to do a lot of damage and knock people out.”
Couture says he’s done win or lose after Saturday, but what does White think the future holds for “The Natural” if he takes out Machida?
“We’ll see,” he said.
Couture and Machida will meet at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the main card of UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields. As always, FightLine.com will provide live, ongoing coverage of the event.