King David here. In case you missed it Randy Couture fought this past weekend at UFC 129 but got “crane kicked” KO’ed by former 205lb UFC Champion Lyoto Machida.
Many people feel he will retire after this loss.. and he announced his retirement… but he’s announced his retirement before and came back..
So what do you think? Will he hang up the gloves for good? He’s still a BIG MONEY draw for the UFC.. Will Dana White make him an offer (a payday) he can’t refuse?
Here’s what Randy himself has to say to sportsillustrated.cnn.com
Randy Couture said he was never more certain about retirement than when he exited Toronto’s Rogers Centre Arena as a professional fighter for the 30th and final time at UFC 129 on Saturday.
“There wasn’t a sentimentality about it. There was kind of a sense of relief,” said Couture, who took his final bow in the Octagon after former champion Lyoto Machida knocked him out with a rarely seen crane kick in the second round. “I felt like it was the right decision long before this and I felt more secure walking out that this is the right time and the right thing for me to be doing. There was no doubt in my head.”
While touched by the heartfelt reaction he got — which began when he heard his name being chanted as he waited to enter the arena — Couture said it wouldn’t sway his decision to walk away from competition.
“Definitely, it’s the last fight,” he said from Toronto on Sunday. “I know they’re going to try to throw me something and get me to come back, but it’s not going to happen.”
Here’s a video by thefightnetwork talking to him about the fight and his possible retirement
Ultimate Fighting Championship is making history on Saturday night when the Octagon gate closes for UFC 118 in Boston. The first time UFC has ever held an event in Boston. BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar rematch for the 155lb UFC title and James Toney takes on Randy Couture in a grudge match titles “Boxing vs UFC”.
My pics are inRED
Frank Edgar vs BJ Penn (BJ Penn by SUB)
Randy Couture vs James Toney (Randy Couture by GnP)
Demian Maia vs Mario Miranda (Demian Maia by SUB)
Kenny Florian vs Gray Maynard (Kenny Florian by KO)
I’m a HUGE Mike Tyson fan. And in this video you see UFC President Dana White sit down and talk with Mike Tyson about the UFC, Mixed Martial Arts, Randy Couture vs James Toney and what it takes to become the greatest boxer of all time.
I can’t WAIT to see James Toney vs Randy Couture!! UFC 118 is coming to a movie theater near you!
Check out this article and video I found on UFC.com
UFC® 118 TITLE FIGHT ACTION BURSTS BACK ONTO BIG SCREENS NATIONWIDE AS FRANKIE EDGAR AND BJ PENN THROW DOWN THE GAUNTLET IN THEIR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED REMATCH THIS AUGUST
Centennial, Colo. – August 9, 2010 – Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and NCM Fathom have once again joined forces to give fans the front-row treatment with the high-definition broadcast of UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2 in 369 select movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, August 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT. Broadcast live from the TD Garden in Boston, the much anticipated rematch between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn will be the first-ever UFC event in Massachusetts.
UFC fans can catch all the action in their local theaters by purchasing tickets at www.FathomEvents.com and at presenting theater box offices. Visit the NCM Fathom website for a complete list of theater locations and prices (theaters and participants are subject to change). Fans who purchase four tickets to the in-theater event can receive a free TapouT t-shirt. Redemption details are available at www.ufc.com/4pack.
Theatergoers across the country will be part of history as mixed martial arts (MMA) comes to Massachusetts for the first time following a two-year effort by legislators to bring the sport to the Bay State. Signed into law in December 2009 by Gov. Deval Patrick, the regulation of MMA enables the UFC to bring a full schedule of exciting events to Massachusetts including UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2.
“UFC 118, with the rematch between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, and UFC legend Randy Couture and three-time boxing champion James Toney, is going to look and sound amazing on the big screen in theaters,” said Dana White, UFC President.
The title fight is a rematch between Edgar and Penn, who last met in the Octagon at UFC 112 on April 10. That back-and-forth fight kept fans glued to their seats and ended with a razor-thin win by Edgar; Penn’s first loss in the 155-pound division since 2002. Despite controversy among fans and critics over the close scoring, Edgar walked away with the title as judges called the match 50-45, 48-47 and 49-46 in his favor. Given the near-even matchup and tremendous competitiveness of these two fighters, the rematch bout is shaping up to be one of the biggest fights of the year.
Also on this card, UFC Hall of Famer, Randy Couture goes toe-to-toe with boxing legend James Toney. The 41-year-old Toney makes his UFC debut against Couture who has been a mainstay of MMA for over a decade and has been a three-time former heavyweight champion and a two-time light-heavyweight champion, as well as a former US Olympic wrestling team alternate in his pre-MMA days. Toney got his start in boxing in 1988 and fought professionally until 2009, winning his way through Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Cruiserweight, and Heavyweight championship titles.
In addition to these two highly-anticipated fights, UFC 118 : Edgar vs. Penn 2 will also feature the battle between Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard. Boston hometown favorite Florian will pit his impressive 13-4 professional record against Maynard’s flawless 9-0 with the next top lightweight contender spot on the line.
“Fathom and UFC present another grouping of bone-crunching matches for the delight of hungry MMA fans this month with UFC 118 : Edgar vs. Penn 2,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. “If you can’t be ringside in Boston, be front-row center in your local movie theater for the ultimate UFC experience.”
UFC 118 : Edgar vs. Penn 2 will be shown in select movie theaters including AMC Entertainment Inc., Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark USA Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, National Amusements, Rave Motion Pictures and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as The Arlington Theatre (Santa Barbara, CA), Carolina Theatre (Asheville, NC), Palace Cinema 9 (South Burlington, VT) and Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA), through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network – North America’s largest cinema broadcast network.