|Posted by SteveFicca on November 30, 2010 at 12:36 AM|
By Steve Ficca, The Mouth Of MMA Editor
As the days go by, it seems more and more possible that we've seen the last of Randy Couture inside the octagon. One of the greatest heroes in the history of MMA, its beginning to look as if "The Natural" is about to call it quits. With several film possibilities on the horizon, it looks like the old war horse may be once again ready to ride off into the sunset.
“I’ve had my battles. I’ve had my wars. I think there are a lot of guys out there who are hungry and out there and ready for those kinds of wars. I’m kind of in transition and still enjoying competing at a high level, but I think I’m going to definitely focus on making some more movies and heading in that direction.”
“I think some of it boils down to what I really want to do. I’m trying to make smart decisions. I have all this other stuff going on, and timing is everything. The timing seems right for me to look at those things and to be rational and to really look down the road.”
“I’ve had very candid discussions with [UFC president] Dana [White] about where I’m at and what I’m focused on. I think he understands. I think he gets the timing of it and I think he gets where I’m at and where I’m coming from. He’s been very supportive. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have his own ideas about what he’d like me to do, but I think he’s been very understanding.”
“If that’s the way it goes, I’m absolutely happy. I’ve been having a blast. It was amazing, this last twelve months and fighting four times from August to August was incredible. Some of those fights were very memorable and they were a lot of fun to train for. So, if [Toney] was the last one, then I’m absolutely okay with that.”
If this truly is the end of Randy Couture's fighting career, it really will be a shame to see him go. While not the first time, it most likely will have to be the last. At 47 years old, the Oregon native has accomplished everything there is to accomplish in the sport, and will be ending his career on a 3 fight winning streak. If Randy Couture in the octagon is no more, it can definitely be said that "The Natural" went out on top.