Randy Couture: “If James Toney was the last one, then I’m absolutely okay with that”

Five-time UFC champion, UFC Hall of famer, and all time MMA legend, Randy “The Natural” Couture speaks further on his decision about whether or not to hang up his gloves, explaining he’s made no major decisions but would be fine stopping right now.

Couture, speaking via MMAFighting.com, said:

“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.”

“I think some of it boils down to what I really want to do. I’m trying to make smart decisions. I have all this other stuff going on, and timing is everything. The timing seems right for me to look at those things and to be rational and to really look down the road.”

“I’ve had very candid discussions with [UFC president] Dana [White] about where I’m at and what I’m focused on. I think he understands. I think he gets the timing of it and I think he gets where I’m at and where I’m coming from. He’s been very supportive. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have his own ideas about what he’d like me to do, but I think he’s been very understanding.”

“If that’s the way it goes, I’m absolutely happy. I’ve been having a blast. It was amazing, this last twelve months and fighting four times from August to August was incredible. Some of those fights were very memorable and they were a lot of fun to train for. So, if [Toney] was the last one, then I’m absolutely okay with that.”

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