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Randy Couture Minimizes Retirement

Written on April 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Randy Couture talks and thinks less of his retirement as of the moment, while gearing up for his duel against Lyoto Machida at UFC 129.

During last Tuesday’s conference call, asserted that his was just one of the many qualities associated with the tournament in Ontario.

“I already had [retirement] on my mind, and somebody asked me about it, and I answered the question honestly. Last time, I had a lot of personal things going on, and I kept the decision to myself because I didn’t want [the event] to be about [a retirement announcement]. But this card is so huge that me retiring is not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. What’s most important is this fight card and the amazing crowd that is coming together for this huge event in Toronto. It’s an honor to be a part of this show.”

UFC 129 will feature George St-Pierre’s welterweight title defense against . In addition to this, will make his promotional debut, as he defends his featherweight championship belt from Mark Hominick. As for Randy Couture, he will square off with another former champion in Lyoto Machida on April 30 at the Rogers Centre.

Albeit the former five-time UFC champion admits that makes sense as his last fight, he clears out that his decision to retire was based primarily on his internal feelings.

“One of the things I’ve struggled with is that my body was not a factor [in my decision to retire]. I’m as healthy as ever. I feel great, and I can compete at this level. But I just feel like I’ve stretched it and pushed it, and I don’t want to wait until I have those [physical] issues to think about and weigh into training camps or a fight. That’s part of going out on my terms. I don’t want to wait until I have that [hypothetical] injury and doctors tell me that I can’t fight anymore. I like to do a lot of other things [that aren’t fighting]. I’m healthy, and I can enjoy the rest of my life right now. So I don’t want to wait too long.”

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