It appears Randy Couture may not be finished with his long and decorated mixed martial arts career after all.
The word emerging from UFC 125 last night was that Couture has verbally agreed to fight another former 205lb champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 129 in Toronto on April 30th.
The fight is not locked in just yet but it’s heading in that direction and should form part of what’s expected to be the biggest UFC event of all time for the promotion’s first visit to Ontario, Canada.
Following an easy victory over boxer James Toney back at UFC 118 in August, his third victory in a row, the 47 year-old hall-of-famer had given strong hints that he was planning to bring his days in the octagon to an end in order to pursue his acting career.
Recently however he suggested that an offer to fight with either current champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua or Lyoto Machida could be enough to tempt him to step back into the cage, and the UFC have duly obliged.
Meanwhile Machida is in need of a change of fortune after a disappointing 2010 in which Shogun took his title and brought his 16 fight unbeaten run to a close, followed by Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson defeating him by the narrowest of split decisions at UFC 123. A win over a legend like Couture would certainly be a step in the right direction.