After starring in countless Octagon classics, it appears UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture is finally prepared to call it a career. “The Natural,” who turns 48 this June, told ESPN late Monday night he intends to hang up his MMA gloves for good following his UFC 129 fight with Lyoto Machida – win, lose or draw.
“I believe this is my last fight,” Couture stated. “I know the UFC is probably going to have other ideas, especially with acquiring Strikeforce and all that. They’re probably going to try to draw me into another fight, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.
“I want to stick to my guns and this is the last one.”
Couture launched his illustrious career at UFC 13 back in May of 1997. He owns an underrated 19-10 record, with 15 of his fights coming in championship affairs. In March 2007, Couture became the oldest Octagon champion when he dominated Tim Sylvia at UFC 68. He had initially retired 13 months prior to posting the lopsided unanimous decision victory.
“I will miss the competition immensely but I want to go out on my terms,” Couture said. “I want to go out when I think it’s time to go out and not because I lost this fight or lost that fight or because I had an injury that precludes me from training the way I want to train.
“I want to make the decision on my own.”
Couture’s career in Hollywood has blossomed over the last several years, so it’s understandable why he’d opt for the less physically demanding occupation at this stage of his life. He’s scheduled to resume his role as ‘Toll Road’ in “The Expendables 2.” Filming for the blockbuster movie starts this August.
Couture’s swan song will play at UFC 129 on April 30th inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada.