UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture launched his illustrious mixed martial arts career 14 years ago. Despite the wealth of knowledge he has locked away in his memory bank, Couture claims he really had to crack the books to prepare for his “last” professional fight.
The former multi-divisional champion faces Lyoto Machida tonight at “UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields” in Canada. While “The Dragon” is known for is elusive ways, his striking and jiu jitsu game aren’t too far behind.
“It was an interesting camp,” said Couture. “I had to learn some new things and he certainly has a complex and unique style. It’s been fun to study that and try to figure out what I think will work and how to get the job done.
“He’s a tremendous fighter and a tremendous athlete, so hopefully our training camp was on and we got the right answers.”
Couture owns a 19-10 record, with 15 of his fights coming in championship affairs. In March 2007, “The Natural” ended his 13-month retirement and became the oldest Octagon champion when he dominated Tim Sylvia at UFC 68.
If Machida is able to right the ship and uphold his 3-to-1 favorite status, Couture appears completely content with leaving on a losing note.
“It’s about the journey, it’s about the performance, and as long as I have a good performance, I’ll be satisfied and happy,” he said in closing.
Couture’s swan song plays tonight inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The pay-per-view broadcast airs live at 9PM ET/6PM PT.