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Randy Couture is out of the rotation

With two movies and his 48th birthday coming up in 2011, Randy Couture has asked Dana White to give him some time off. Via MMA Fighting:

“I think some of it boils down to what I really want to do,” Couture said. “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.”

Couture added that he might consider another fight if the UFC were to offer him something “interesting,” but estimated that there was about a “60 to 70 percent chance” that he wouldn’t fight at all in 2011.

“I’ve had very candid discussions with [UFC president] Dana [White] about where I’m at and what I’m focused on,” Couture said. “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.”

I’ve still got 20 bucks on Randy fighting in 2011. But it’s official: you better appreciate every fight we get out of the Natural now, because they’re gonna be his last. That means no groans if he ends up fighting Mirko Crocop, kay?

  • agentsmith

    In other words, his last few fights will be about as relevant as his movie roles.

  • Symbul

    Makes a ton of sense. This is how legends of the sport should go out – not on a fifteen fight skid in local promotions.

  • Reverend Clint

    id much rather see Randy die in a movie than die in a cage.

    btw The Expendables was a good movie.

  • Tanhauser

    Bah, i want to see him get knocked the fuck out before he leaves.

    Guy is so overrated it hurts.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ dumb

    you are the same type of goofball that says rashad evans hasn’t fought anyone

  • P W

    Randy vs Sakuraba and after the fight both can retire.

  • CAP

    If Handy doesn’t fight in 2011 I doubt we see him in action again. I can’t see another year layoff from fighting. He may just end with a gimme from James Toney.