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Randy’s not coming back any time soon

The latest chapter in the Randy Couture saga comes not with a bang, but with a strange ambiguous whimper. No comebacks. No legal threats. No running off to work for another company. No Fedor. Just a weird “Everything is good but no I’m still not coming back“:

“We’ve cleared the air, and hopefully we’ll move forward with some sort of relationship,” Couture said. “I’ve got a lot of fighters and a lot of things that hinge around mixed martial arts and the UFC as well. I want to continue to work with them and I think that they want to continue to work with me, so we’ll figure out how that happens.”

“I think more than anything at this stage of things I want to slow down a little bit,” Couture said. “I’ve been burning it for three or four years now – I want to take some time and go on a vacation, spend some time with my wife. We’ve been married a year now and we’ve been together very, very little in that year; it’s been crazy. It’s been difficult on us. I’ve got a nice house and I don’t even get to spend any time in it hardly, so take a little time now and just smell the roses so to speak.”

I think the overall translation of all this is “It’s not worth fighting the UFC juggernaut, especially since my entire life is entwined with the company.” Fighting the UFC when you’re Randy Couture would be like punching your Siamese twin in the kidney you share. Which sucks because Randy’s Siamese twin is an evil bastard who deserves a few whacks.

  • pauli

    mma needs more siamese twins.

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy)

    I can easily buy the entire escapade basically being a situation where he got completely stressed, spiraled into depression, and just crashed and burned his way to a place where he didn’t really want to be.

    I’ve been there several times before.

    Moral of the story: stay on your fucking meds.

  • Accomando

    Give randy 3 weeks, he’ll change his mind. Couture will get enough “wife” time on vacation and randy will be fighting again soon enough.

  • marshal

    I agree Accomando, but he has to wait at least a year. Then it will be an exciting come back to take out Rampage. UFC 90 “Father Time”.

  • EdenMachine

    See – just think if he had said that initially instead of this BS “Zuffa/Dana is screwing me out of money… err… I mean ‘respect’.” He’d still be the baddest man alive to me. Now, he’s just a puss in my eyes.

  • Jersey Tomato


    If you submit Siamese twins, do they both have to tap?? Just a thought….

  • RoB

    Aman needs MORE time with his WIFE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? wtf. i call bullshite!

  • islandguy

    Randy has had his last MMA fight. He’s retired.

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy)

    There’s no way that Randy is finished yet.

    You’ve still got guys like Dan Severn and Ken and Frank Shamrock from the stone age banging around in various promotions. For some guys, just teaching isn’t enough, they’re always going to want to compete. Randy is one of them.

  • fightlinker

    Yup, I give it 2 years max before he steps into the ring

  • nem0

    Maybe he’s at the point where he realizes the only other way out is by going down in a fight, losing the belt and getting disgraced, because the UFC has a shit-fit whenever someone tries to retire while holding a title. So he either runs like hell now and remains a champion on paper, or he goes back in another 2-3 times, gets his ass kicked, and leaves in disgrace. Well, semi-disgrace. Probably less disgrace than after this WAH WAH RESPECT POOT bullshit. Kinda like Muhammed Ali at the end of his career, but with less brain damage.