While most believe Brett Favre’s insistence on prolonging his NFL career is fueled by his infatuation for hoarding the headlines, don’t expect for UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture to be throwing himself any retirement or un-retirement parties anytime soon.
“I don’t think I’m going to make any public announcements because I don’t think anybody’s going to buy it,” Couture told ESPN2’s MMA Live of his inevitable farewell speech. “I did that once and came back. I don’t want to be like Brett.
“I do feel like I’ve had my wars, I’ve had my battles. I’ve been there, I’ve done that. I am competing and training and feel better than I ever felt physically, but I don’t see myself making another run at the title – at heavyweight or light heavyweight, being honest.”
The 47-year-old has three fights remaining on his current UFC contract. While he would like to give it at least one more go, “The Natural” isn’t quite sure if he’ll be around to complete his commitment to the world’s premier mixed martial arts show.
“I think at some point, I’ve got to call enough, enough,” Couture said. “I’ve had an amazing year. My last few fights, in honesty, were more novelty fights. Not to take anything away from my opponents, but that’s the truth of the matter. They didn’t really matter in the division, they didn’t really put me any closer to a title, and I have to make a decision at some point.
“So I think I would entertain another novelty-type fight. I could still compete, but I don’t see myself making a run at the title any time soon.”
“Captain America” has posted a pair of consecutive submission wins over Mark Coleman and James Toney, respectively. Couture owns a respectable 19-10 record, however those numbers don’t do his illustrious career justice when you consider all but four of his fights have been for the UFC, with the majority coming in championship affairs.
With nothing left to prove in the sport he’s helped build, parlayed with a budding silver screen future, it’s sounding as though the game’s most beloved figure could be close to calling it a day.