“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?