'Natural' progression: Randy Couture has had his 'wars' and he won't be making a 'run at the title' again

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At least, that's what he tells the MMA Hour:

"I think that realistically the end of me making runs at the title was a while ago. I've had a great year. I've had some great fights. Not too many of them really put me in line to be a number one contender or make a run at the title. To be honest, I just don't see myself doing that at this stage in my career. 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."

Randy Couture makes it clear that he's past his prime and in the future we might be seeing him solely on the big screen as opposed to the Octagon. He's already accepted a couple of movie roles for next year and also admitted on the show that he sees it as a 60 to 70 percent chance he won't be fighting at all in 2011. He's entered into Matt Hughes territory where the fights have to be "interesting" for him to consider accepting another go-round in the cage. Despite the fact that Light-Heavyweight Champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua has stated his desire to fight Couture on numerous occassions, the Hall-of-Famer believes his time has past and his run is over. The "Natural" originally retired after a knockout loss to Chuck Liddell at UFC 57 before coming back a year later to snatch the heavyweight title from the hands of Tim Sylvia. Do you believe him this time? Have we finally seen the last days of Randy Couture?

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