UFC 129 Fight Card: Will Randy Couture Be Influenced by Fight Result?
As UFC 129 approaches tonight in Toronto, time appears to be running out on the UFC career of Randy Couture. The UFC Hall-of-Famer has said that tonight's fight against Lyoto Machida will be his last, saying that he doesn't want to find himself in the same situation as longtime rival Chuck Liddell, who heard - and ultimately answered - calls for his retirement following his knockout loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 115.
However, that might well be the reason why UFC 129 winds up not being Couture's last fight.
After suffering back-to-back losses to Mauricio Rua at UFC 113 and Rampage Jackson at UFC 123, it's amazing to see how far Lyoto Machida has fallen in the estimation of MMA fans. This is still a man who is two years removed from back-to-back knockouts of Thiago Silva and Rashad Evans, and a fighter who, as Dana White once told Esquire magazine, "throws feet like they're hands." If those feet find a home on Couture's skull tonight, Couture's "retirement" fight could end with the former five-time, two-division UFC Champion lying on the mat unconscious, and that's not the way anyone wants to remember him.
At this point, Couture certainly believes that tonight will be his last fight, win, lose or draw. However, there may well be a difference between a knockout or TKO loss and a decision or submission loss that no self-respecting fighter should be considering right now.
Do you think tonight's fight ends in a knockout? If so, do you think it will change Couture's retirement plans? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
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