Randy Couture Discusses Inevitable UFC Retirement

Written by Tom Ngo
October 11th, 2010

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture

At the sprightly age of 47, UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture is old enough to be some peoples’ father, and in a few cases their grand pappy. Couture was considered “old” five years ago, however has rattled off three consecutive wins and appears to be fending off Father Time better than ever.

Regardless, the Fountain of Youth will inevitably run dry and “The Natural” will be forced to hang up his iconic MMA gloves once and for all. Because of that, Couture has already started to make the transition over to a less physically demanding Hollywood career.

“I think [acting] is certainly what my interest is right now,” Couture told MMA:30 Radio Hour. “I’ve had an amazing year, and I think it’s time to start looking at that, for sure. That’s probably what’s going to carry me through for the next 10 or 15 years.”

“Captain America” was seen last month cruising to a 1stRound submission victory over boxing legend James Toney at UFC 118. To have that victory stand as his final Octagon appearance wouldn’t be all that bad, although it isn’t nearly as nice as seeing him hoist up another championship belt.

“I’ve always taken the fights one at a time,” Couture said of his MMA future. “We’ll just see what happens. [The UFC has] been keeping me pretty busy these past couple of months, so I know they’ll probably throw something else at me and we’ll go from there.

“I don’t know. I’m not sure what the UFC has in store for me. I’ve been working on trying to find a new movie part recently, but little success there, so we’ll just kind of wait and see.”

The Hall of Famer has three fights remaining on his current UFC contract. While he knows he would like to give it at least one more go, he isn’t quite sure if he’ll be around to complete his commitment to the world’s premier mixed martial arts show.

“I just don’t know,” Couture admitted. “I’m trying to honestly evaluate that now and see how many wars I’ve got left in me.

“There’s definitely some wars in the [205-pound] division.”

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