Despite dropping major hints that he was considering retiring, Randy Couture couldn’t resist the opportunity to fight former light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 129 in April.
In a new interview Couture talks about his strategy for the fight against the Brazilian.
“The goal for me is to cut him off, to force him to fight me, to not let him run around and avoid two rounds of fighting [like he did against Rampage Jackson],” Couture says. “So, I think he’ll engage. I’m going to force him, hopefully with the cage, to play a little clinch game and pin him against that and make him work from there, and that’s always been a strength of mine. So, the key is to get my hands on him, he’s not that easy to catch up with.”
That’s no great surprise. The clinch game against the fence has been Couture’s route to victory in a number of his fights, with his fight with Brandon Vera where he spent as little time as possible in the center of the Octagon, being a good indication of what to expect here.
I’m more interested to see what, if any, tweaks to his gameplan Machida will bring. Personally I think this is a good fight for him to show a little more aggression in his offense.
Couture’s striking is relatively predictable and slowing with age, he’s never been a heavy-hitter, and his own chin has shown significant signs of deterioration in recent years.
While Machida will still have to use movement to ensure Couture doesn’t just clinch, I think he should be prepared to engage a little more in the middle of the cage as this could be a fight he can finish definitively if he connects cleanly.
Watch more of Couture’s interview below courtesy of mmainterviews.tv.