Randy Couture isn’t retiring just yet. He asked for Shogun Rua or Lyoto Machida and it looks like he’s getting the latter. MMA Fighting is reporting that Couture has verbally agreed to fight Machida at UFC 129.
Couture and Lyoto Machida have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 129 on April 30 in Toronto, MMA Fighting has learned from sources close to the fight. Couture also confirmed the fight when asked by MMA Fighting at UFC 125 on Saturday night.
It’s unclear if this will indeed be Couture’s final fight and marketed as such, or if a win would give Couture his shot at Shogun later this year.
Additionally, F4WOnline (aka Dave Meltzer’s The Wresting Observer) is reporting (subscription required) that Georges St. Pierre will likely defend his UFC welterweight championship against Jake Shields at UFC 129 as well. If anyone can fill out the Rogers Centre in Toronto, it’s GSP.
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Update: Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida has been downgraded to possible. The UFC says the fight’s “not even close” to being finalized.
However, another UFC source states that this fight has been discussed, but it’s “not even close” to being finalized as of yet.
When asked by MMA FIghting at UFC 125 if the fight with Machida was a possibility, Couture stated that he had not signed a contract, but had verbally agreed to face Machida in 2011.
Update 2: Dana White confirmed over the weekend GSP-Shields will headline UFC 129 in Toronto. Also, this tweet from Randy Couture seems to indicate that the Lyoto Machida fight is moving forward.