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Randy Couture: The Legend's Final Fight

Randy Couture

  • Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, left, and challenger Jake Shields face off for a photo opportunity in advance of their UFC 129 Main Event bout Saturday in Toronto at the Rogers Centre.

    UFC 129 live blog: Both champions keep belts; Couture goes out with KO loss

    April 30, 2011

    TORONTO — How the biggest event in UFC history is remembered will likely come down to personal preference. The three featured bouts at UFC 129 all ended with a defining image. Two champions atop the pound-for-pound rankings kept their titles while a legend had an inglorious end to a career. Many of the 55,000 fans at the Rogers Centre will recall Canadian superstar Georges St. Pierre standing on top of the 170-pound class once again. St. Pierre won his ninth straight and succeeded in defending his title for the sixth time against Jake Shields.

  • Randy Couture throws a punch towards Tim Sylvia during their heavyweight championship bout on March 3, 2007. Couture won the fight by unanimous decision, marking the third world title of his career.

    Randy Couture’s Greatest Hits: A history of defying the odds

    April 29, 2011

    TORONTO — Randy Couture could conceivably never open his mouth during a press conference and still address what everyone wanted to hear at this point. All he’d have to do is press "play" on a recorder with the audio from one of his many pre-fight media appearances in the past. The theme from most of Couture’s fights during his 14-year career has been exactly the same. He’s the old legend challenging a younger hotshot who’s billed as quicker, stronger, faster or all of the above.

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  • Lorenzo Fertitta: Randy Couture is a mixed martial arts pioneer, good friend

    April 30, 2011

    The term “legend” is thrown around generously in professional sports. However, if you step back and think about the magnitude of the word “legend,” you can’t help but to wonder if it’s a bit abused. Legendary status to me means excelling at a level that is not only above your peers, but also higher than anyone has ever achieved. To me, it means winning multiple world titles, defeating the best competition of your time, all while blazing a trail and inspiring a nation of fans along the way.

  • Randy Couture takes a breather during a workout Thursday, April 21, 2011 in preparation for what he says will be his final fight at UFC 129 on April 30.

    UFC 129 weigh-in: Randy Couture nears end of ‘remarkable’ journey

    April 29, 2011

    TORONTO — Randy Couture is the only headlining fighter on Saturday’s UFC 129 card who can claim to have true perspective on what the mega-event means to the world’s top fighting organization. Friday’s weigh-in serves as a perfect example why. Fans filled the Ricoh Coliseum, which has a capacity of 7,000, and only standing room was available.

  • Randy Couture merchandise is seen in the pro shot at his Extreme Couture gym Thursday, April 21, 2011.

    Randy Couture has become much more than a fighter — he’s a brand

    April 29, 2011

    On any given weekday evening, the entrance of Xtreme Couture martial arts gym off Sunset Road is brimming with wannabe mixed martial arts fighters who have just left their nine-to-fives to train alongside six-time UFC champion Randy Couture.

  • Randy Couture spars with Caesar Ferreira during a workout Thursday, April 21, 2011 in preparation for what he says will be his final fight April 30 at UFC 129 on April 30.

    Desire to leave ‘on my terms’ leads reasons for Couture’s retirement

    April 29, 2011

    Randy Couture jogs into the middle of a sea of nearly 50 flying fists and immediately adds two more. It’s the start of evening practice for a handful of professionals and hopefuls at Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas, which means a round of shadowboxing is in order for everyone to get loose.

  • Randy Couture, left, and Lyoto Machida, right, face off for a photo in Toronto before their UFC 129 light heavyweight bout. Couture and Machida have both said they've wanted this fight for a long time.

    UFC 129 Notebook: Lyoto Machida also asked for Randy Couture

    April 29, 2011

    TORONTO — According to Lyoto Machida, he wanted to face Randy Couture as badly as “The Natural” wanted to fight him. Couture has asked for a bout against Machida for at least two years. But it was more than the 47-year old’s persistence that finally got the matchup as one of the featured contests at UFC 129, which airs on pay-per-view at 6 Saturday from the Rogers Centre.

  • Randy Couture gets a drink of water from Vitor Belfort in between rounds during a workout Thursday, April 21, 2011 in preparation for what he says will be his final fight April 30 at UFC 129.

    Randy Couture hasn’t allowed injuries to slow him down

    April 29, 2011

    Since announcing his retirement from mixed martial arts last week, Randy “The Natural” Couture has repeatedly said he made the decision because he didn’t want a serious injury to dictate the end of his career. Perhaps the 47-year old Couture feels fortunate to have escaped such situations throughout his career in the UFC. In a sport where injuries with long recovery periods are as common as leg kicks, Couture has stayed remarkably healthy. “The guy is pushing 50 and never gets injured,” UFC President Dana White said. “It’s incredible.”

  • Darian Castillo looks back at Randy Couture after Couture came out of the Octagon to greet him before a workout Thursday, April 21, 2011. Couture will face former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida in what he says will be his final fight at UFC 129 on April 30.

    Randy Couture’s career helped open doors for other fighters, inspire another generation

    April 27, 2011

    With sweat dripping down Randy’s Couture’s face, his form-fitting shirt drenched from a demanding workout and sticking to his body, and a few bumps and scratches obvious on his forehead, the legendary mixed martial artist appeared in no shape to be photographed. Couture, in preparation for his farewell fight Saturday against Lyoto Machida during UFC 129 in Toronto, was in the middle of one of his two-a-day training sessions last week when he spotted 6-year-old Darian Castillo observing a few feet from the cage at Xtreme Couture.

  • Randy Couture celebrates after defeating James Toney in a UFC heavyweight fight on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at the TD Garden in Boston. Couture defeated Toney by first-round triangle choke.

    Randy Couture will retire after UFC 129 bout next weekend

    April 19, 2011

    The biggest event in UFC history will also serve as a farewell to one of the fight promotion’s biggest stars. Randy Couture, the 47-year-old former champion who fights out of Las Vegas, announced Tuesday that he will retire following his UFC 129 bout against Lyoto Machida on April 30 in Toronto.