The UFC’s oldest fighter, 46 year old Randy Couture still has a strong urge to compete, and it seems he still harbors ambitions to hold the light-heavyweight title – and sooner rather than later if possible.
In a new interview with MMAweekly the former champion admits he’s hoping to face the winner of Saturday night’s headline bout.
“I think within the next six months I’d like to be in line to fight the winner of the Machida/Shogun fight,” Couture says.
I’m going to be in Montreal to watch that fight very attentively. I think it’s going to be a great fight.”
While it’s admirable to hear the legendary fighter plotting yet another title bid, it’s questionable whether he should actually be entitled to one at this moment in time.
To be fair, since moving down to light-heavyweight after back-to-back defeats against Brock Lesnar and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at heavyweight he has went two fights undefeated. The Brandon Vera win was controversial though, and his most recent fight against a long past his sell-by-date Mark Coleman was practically a gimme.
Next up for Couture is rumored to be boxing star James Toney, and again that’s a fight that may pose an interesting challenge for ‘The Natural’, but it in no way qualifies him for a shot at the light-heavyweight title.
Realistically that honor should instead fall to the winner of Rampage Jackson vs Rashad Evans later this month at UFC 114. The Forrest Griffin Vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira match-up could also have produced a viable contender but unfortunately that has now been scrapped due to an injury sustained by Griffin.
At this point in his career I think that ‘fun’ fights with the likes of Toney, and other UFC veteran stars like Rich Franklin, or Tito Ortiz for instance are where Couture is best served.
Having said that, with his drive, determination and ‘superstar’ credentials it certainly won’t come as a surprise if he does get one last crack at the title before he finally calls time on his career.