UFC 129: Randy Couture on Lyoto Machida and Retirement

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent IApril 19, 2011

Randy Couture has been a symbol of how hard someone can push themselves and still be at the top of their game.

At age 47, Couture has been able to fight quality opponents for the last seven years. 

Now, Couture has pushed himself hard to retire on a good note—beating Lyoto Machida at UFC 129 and retiring with one last win.

"It's been an ongoing transition for me. Kinda want to go out on my own terms and decide when enough is enough. I think that time has come," said Couture in a conference call for UFC 129.

"I've had a great camp...I can't wait until next week."

Couture has wanted to solve the puzzle that is Machida and break open a new way to beat the former light heavyweight champion.

Machida has been able to be as elusive as possible and use great takedown skills (both offensively and defensively) to beat his opponents.

"It's been a fight I've been looking forward to for a long time, and it's finally gonna happen. I think it's time to focus on the other things I got going on in my life after this fight. I've pushed it pretty far. I don't think anybody gonna's probably push as far as I have the last 14 years," said Couture.

"I've thought about [retiring] the last couple camps and made the decision this time."

Couture was asked if he was retiring after UFC 129 because of its record-shattering status. UFC 129 sold out in Toronto instantly filling the entire Rogers Centre.

The card also features two title bouts that contain the two top pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

"It's certainly exciting to be involved in a card like this with the guys who are on this card, and have it be before a crowd of 55,000 or more. It kind of set a new attendance record, and the first fight in the province of Ontario," Couture said.

"There's a lot of firsts here, so it's certainly fun for me being a part of that whole thing and part of that historical event. It really played no factor in the decision that I made...it's been coming for awhile. I realized I've pushed it a lot further than anyone's gonna push it and I want to go out on my terms...now's the time."