Randy Couture expects his upcoming fight against Lyoto Machida at UFC 129 on April 30 to be his last, “The Natural” recently told ESPN.
Win or lose, the UFC hall of famer and former five-time champion is planning to retire, even if the UFC tries to talk him into another fight.
“I believe this is my last fight,” Couture told ESPN.com. “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.”
“I will miss the competition immensely but I want to go out on my terms,” Couture continued. “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 (19-10) previously retired after a 2006 loss to then-light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, but returned one year later to win the heavyweight title from Tim Sylvia. After dropping the belt to Brock Lesnar and suffering a loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Couture earned wins over Brandon Vera and Mark Coleman before stopping James Toney in his most-recent win in August.