UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture is starting to be considered by many as MMA’s version of Brett Favre. While Father Time is telling the icons one thing, their championship hearts are pushing them to do another. At least in Couture’s case, he’s conceded he’ll never again sit atop the mountain.
The Internet went crazy last week when Couture tweeted he might hang up his fighting gloves for good. However, both his lawyer and Couture himself were quick to spotlight it’s the same song “Captain America” has been singing for several months now.
With a title shot out of the realm of possibilities, the 47-year old has stated he’s more concerned with “interesting bouts.” That’s why he jumped at the opportunity to welcome former boxing champion James Toney into the cage at UFC 118 this past August.
“The Natural” admits his focus has shifted to projects outside of combat sports, but has been working on his strength and conditioning in the event UFC brass offer him a scrap he can’t refuse.
That being said, does the living legend have the burning desire to still go out and try to school fools like back in the day?
“I’m still having fun, but is there the desire to go out and win another title? No. I’m having a blast, which is why it’s more about intriguing match-ups,” Couture told MMAWeekly. “That’s why I’m interested in [Mauricio “Shogun” Rua] or [Lyoto Machida] rather than going out and proving I’m a better wrestler than Jon Jones, Rampage Jackson or Rashad Evans.
“If the right fight came along, and again by the right fight I mean, probably the one or two guys that I’ve really been interested in fighting for quite a while now had been Shogun or Machida.”
We’re sure Couture is well aware Shogun is the reigning 205-pound king, but we get his drift, nonetheless.
With more doors opening up outside of the cage for Couture, it’s not that far fetched to think that his submission victory over Toney could very well be the last we see of the sport’s most beloved athlete. If Shogun gets his way, the two will tango before Couture calls it a career.
“Randy Couture has more to give to MMA and shouldn’t retire yet! I would be [honored] to fight him, he is a legend of the sport!” Shogun tweeted.