All good things must come to an end, however don’t tell that to UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Although the 46-year-old will be taking center Octagon tomorrow night against a talented Brandon Vera at UFC 105, it isn’t the toughest fight “The Natural” is battling.
“I am still focused on getting better, becoming a better fighter and a better athlete, and physically I’m holding up very well,” Couture said. “I get asked about my age all the time and I’ve kinda gotten used to that, and because of that, people are kinda waiting for that other shoe to drop. ‘When’s he gonna slow down, when’s Father Time gonna catch up to him’, and all those things have become the norm for me.”
The reason why people make such a fuss out of Couture’s accomplishments at his advanced age is because nobody else has done it, in any sport. Is Couture proof that decades of dedication to your body and health can extend your mixed martial arts career numerous years?
“I don’t really compare myself to anybody else. I’m sure there will be guys who compete well into their 40’s as well and do very, very well,” Couture said. “We’ve seen it in a lot of other sports, and again, I try not to think of it too much. I just kinda enjoy what I do and just go out and do it.”
Couture has retired and un-retired more times than Brett Favre, but just like his NFL counterpart, he is still kicking ass because there’s nothing else that he would rather do.
“I’m doing this because it’s fun, it’s what I love to do, and I definitely have a deep-seated passion for the training and the competition,” he said. “That doesn’t make it feel like work. It makes it feel very, very good.”
And that is why the former champ has been able to successfully postpone his inevitable defeat to Father Time.
You can catch Couture take on Vera tomorrow on Spike TV beginning at 8PM ET/PT.