The timeless saying about all good things coming to an end rang true for MMA fans today when former double-divisional champion, and icon of the sport, Randy Couture confirmed his intentions to hang up his gloves for good after mixing it up with Lyoto Machida at UFC 129.
Couture’s decision to retire was first reported by ESPN and elaborated on during a conference call with media relating to the April 30 event.
“It’s time to focus on the other things I’ve got going on in my life after this fight,” Couture explained. “I’ve pushed it pretty far. I don’t think anyone is going to push it as far as I have over the last fourteen years.”
As far as his reasoning, “The Natural” made it clear it was simply time to move on rather than a forced issue, saying, “I feel healthy, I feel great. I can still compete at this level. I just don’t want to stretch it. I don’t want to wait until I have that injury and have doctors telling me I can’t fight anymore. I want to enjoy the rest of my life right now. I don’t want to wait too long.”
“Win, lose, or draw doesn’t factor into the equation,” he concluded after being asked whether or not a victory over Machida could change his mind.
Future endeavors for Couture include roles in a pair of upcoming films, including the sequel to The Expendables which starts filming in August, as well as a possible return to the broadcast booth alongside Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg.
Pending the outcome of his fight with Machida, Couture will exit MMA with a 19-10 record (plus/minus the performance) and memorable wins including those over Tim Sylvia, Vitor Belfort, Tito Ortiz, and Chuck Liddell in addition to many others.