"I felt horrible for Chuck," Couture related to ESPN about Liddell losing five of his final six fights at the end of a career that helped define the sport. "Everybody was chatting about him retiring. He's been such an amazing champion and he had such an aura around him.
"To have him drop the last couple in the way he did, it just sucked. The way the fans talked about him, it was very disappointing. I felt bad for him."
"There had to be an end. I'm not crazy. I'm not nuts. I realize it's not going to last forever.
"So why not take control and do it on my terms? When I want to do it and not because I've been knocked out the last three times and nobody wants to see me get beat up again? I never want to have that conversation with anybody."
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