BOSTON - AUGUST 28: Randy Couture reacts after defeating James Toney in the first round of their UFC heavyweight bout at the TD Garden on August 28 2010 in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
"I know he was chirping, he was mad at me earlier, but listen. Randy Couture, I've been saying it and you guys have been standing in front of me when I said it. This guy is one of the top 10 best in the world. And I think he's one of those guys that says, 'Yeah, I'm retiring. I'm done.' It's hard to do. You see Chuck Liddell. You don't know what I went through to get Chuck Liddell to retire. And I don't think anybody would disagree that it was time for him to retire. Who knows with this guy? I'm not saying it's not time for him to retire but who knows? He's such a competitor that every time there's something out there and he says, 'You know what? I think I can beat this guy,' I think he's going to come out and try to do it ... Right here and now, we're so used to him that we really don't celebrate the f---ing incredible journey this guy has had and the incredible athlete he is. I can't get on the treadmill. I'm 42. Everything hurts. My leg hurts, my neck hurts, my back hurts. This guy is going out and fighting 22 year olds. Who does that? Look throughout history. Everyone went apes---, it was on the cover of everything when George Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer. This guy is still doing it. Now we're all used to it and numb to it. In 10 years, we're all going to look back and go, 'That guy was a freak. Holy s---, he was incredible.'"
UFC President Dana White tells MMA Fighting that Randy Couture's final match at UFC 129 might not be so final if "The Natural" can't retire his competitive spirit after mixing it up with Lyoto Machida on Saturday night (April 30) in Toronto. The five-time champion and UFC hall of famer has retired before, but found himself drawn back to the Octagon to challenge himself against opponents that "intrigue him." Would a loss to "The Dragon" help seal the deal? Or only compel Couture to keep going in an effort to "go out on top?" MMA fortunetellers, let's hear your predictions.