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Randy Couture sounds like he’s made up his mind


It’s been several days since the Randy Couture Wheel of Retirement stopped spinning and it looks like it’s gonna stay on ‘Retire.’ So I guess we can say with some certainty that his fight next weekend is definitely maybe going to be his last MMA fight ever. Possibly. He’s done a slew of media interviews recently and in every one he’s stayed firm: that’s all, folks!

“I think that was one of the things that I struggled with, is that I am healthy as ever. I feel great, I absolutely have the ability to continue to compete at this level. [But] I feel like I’ve stretched it and pushed it and don’t want to wait until I have those [injury/health] issues to think about and to weigh in to training camp or weigh in to a fight,” he explains.

“I think that’s part of going out on my terms, is to [just] go. I have a whole bunch of other things that I enjoy doing in my life and I don’t want to wait until I have that injury to have doctors telling me, ‘look, you can’t fight anymore.’

“I know that’s going to affect all the other things I like to do. I like to hunt, I like to ride my bike, I like to do a lot of other things and I’m healthy and can enjoy the rest of my life right now. I don’t want to wait too long [before retiring.]”

There’s also the realization that he’s always one Hulk Smash away from being considered washed up, which is no way to end a career. Thanks for the life lesson, Professor Iceman!

“I felt horrible for Chuck. Everybody was chatting about him retiring. He’s been such an amazing champion and he had such an aura around him. To have him drop the last couple in the way he did, it just sucked. The way the fans talked about him, it was very disappointing. I felt bad for him. There had to be an end. I’m not crazy. I’m not nuts. I realize it’s not going to last forever. So why not take control and do it on my terms? When I want to do it and not because I’ve been knocked out the last three times and nobody wants to see me get beat up again? I never want to have that conversation with anybody.”

It probably wasn’t that much fun the first time around, after he got knocked out twice by (oh the irony) Chuck Liddell in under a year. That kicked off Randy’s first retirement, which lasted … 13 months. I’m figuring this time he might actually manage to stay away for nearly two years!

  • Mixed Martial Adam says:

    Randy is 48 years old. It’s incredible that he’s still able to compete within the top 10 of his weighclass and I wish him the best.

    It’s time to hang it up though – even Randy will be caught by Father Time eventually and it’s better to be far away from the cage when that happens.

  • Mixed Martial Adam says:

    (that being said I’m still picking Randy over Machida by old man strength and overall gameplan)

  • Reverend Clint says:

    We need to have a rematch of chuck and randy in like 10-15 years… i bet randy would win that shit

  • Capt.Shank says:

    This guy will always be my favorite fighter. No other fighter besides maybe Forrest takes me through huge fan panic watching him fight more than Randy.

  • agentsmith says:

    @ Clint:

    I bet Randy would win it now.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    yeah but a wheel chair bound chuck would be so much funnier… over hand right to the thigh

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  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble says:

    Never been a Randy fan (/Team Liddell), but It sucks that he has to go out on a loss. At least the UFC is giving him a real fight, Dinosaur Coleman and Toney were a fucking joke.

  • iamphoenix says:

    clint you suck at photoshop. funny. but it sucks.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    its not photoshop its

  • iamphoenix says:


  • Letibleu says:

    I also use It is made by the same people that don’t make photoshop. It’s free and easy like your mom.

    Funny stuff Clint. Was that taken after the 3nd knock out loss or the 4rd?

  • frickshun says:

    I want to be funny & creative. How does that work?

  • Reverend Clint says:

    be poor… wealthy people are not funny