Randy Couture content with retirement, looking forward to new role in MMA

by Loretta Hunt | source: sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Randy Couture said he was never more certain about retirement than when he exited Toronto's Rogers Centre Arena as a professional fighter for the 30th and final time at UFC 129 on Saturday.

"There wasn't a sentimentality about it. There was kind of a sense of relief," said Couture, who took his final bow in the Octagon after former champion Lyoto Machida knocked him out with a rarely seen crane kick in the second round. "I felt like it was the right decision long before this and I felt more secure walking out that this is the right time and the right thing for me to be doing. There was no doubt in my head."

While touched by the heartfelt reaction he got -- which began when he heard his name being chanted as he waited to enter the arena -- Couture said it wouldn't sway his decision to walk away from competition.

"Definitely, it's the last fight," he said from Toronto on Sunday. "I know they're going to try to throw me something and get me to come back, but it's not going to happen."

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jimbobyeaboy site profile image  

5/2/11 4:18 PM by jimbobyeaboy

I'm content with it too. Good riddens, I'm sick of this guy being handed unworthy title shots.

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5/2/11 4:07 PM by damaebushi

 I can think of only a few people who have given as much to this sport over such a long period as Randy.  Any true fan of MMA owes him respect and gratitude, and he deserves to retire w/his head held high.  Thanks, Randy, for all you have done to make the sport I love grow and become better, and for the example and inspiration you have provided to so many over the years. Respectfully: Fred

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5/2/11 4:00 PM by TravisLogan

This man has made mixed martial arts for me, being as humble as possible while literally smashing men young and old into the ground for over a decade- RANDY "THE NATURAL" COUTURE, MUTHA FUCKIN CAPTIAN AMERICA is the true definition of a World Class Champion win or lose.

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5/2/11 11:46 AM by BrockbackMountain


JBob300 site profile image  

5/2/11 11:45 AM by JBob300

Thanks Randy for the years of inspiration and great fights, it has been a pleasure. I look forward to following ur post fight career as intently as a followed ur fight career.

Keith Hackneys Mullet site profile image  

5/2/11 11:04 AM by Keith Hackneys Mullet

Randy still has what it takes to hang with the top dogs. i hope he will change his mind and come back

Bat21 site profile image  

5/2/11 11:02 AM by Bat21

 Good. Stay retired, Randy. You're one of the best ever, you have nothing more to prove.

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5/2/11 10:59 AM by Immaculata

TTT for "The Natural".

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5/2/11 10:57 AM by ShogunTappedJesusDidn't

I'm only posting in this thread because every other thread I clicked gave me an error.