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VCURamFan 04-27-2011 03:40 PM

Nine Ways of Looking at Randy Couture's Final Fight
From I really like these "Nine Ways to Look at . . ." articles they put out:


According to Randy Couture, his fight against Lyoto Machida at UFC 129 will be his last. After nearly fourteen years in the cage and a couple failed attempts at walking away from the sport for good, the importance of this fight all depends on how you look at it.

I. Will he or won't he? When Couture says that, win or lose, he'll hang it up after this fight, it's hard to take him at his word. Not to question "Captain America's" credibility, but we've heard this song and dance before. His reasoning is perfectly sound. He can still compete at 47 years of age, but he's also still healthy enough to enjoy the fruits of his labors and he'd like to keep it that way. That makes perfect sense. Then again, it's not like that's a new development in his life. Couture hasn't needed the money for a while now. He's been doing this because he loves it, and maybe just maybe because he's addicted to the feeling he gets from standing in the cage on a Saturday night, listening to an arena full of people chant his name after he's physically broken another human being. You can't buy that kind of rush, but you might, if you're not careful, go looking for it just a little too long.

II. Couture enters this fight with a career record of 19-10, which, on paper, seems pretty mediocre. There are 28-year-olds with similar records getting turned away from 'Ultimate Fighter' tryouts. Tim Sylvia has a career mark of 28-7, for crying out loud. Keith Jardine is 17-9-2! What does it all tell us? That it's not just how many fights you won, but who you beat. Sure, Couture's record benefited from the Steven Grahams and James Toneys of the MMA world, but of his 29 pro MMA bouts, 15 were UFC title fights. If he really does