Former UFC heavyweight champion, light heavyweight champion, and UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture last stepped into the Octagon back in 2011.
He was knocked out in the second round by Lyoto Machida, and following the bout, he officially retired, stating that he was "finally done fighting."
Since his retirement, Couture has turned to TV and film to keep himself busy. He's appeared on several TV series, filmed three Expendables movies, and did a stint on Dancing with the Stars. Yes, it seems as if the Couture was done with the fighting life....
At least it seemed...
Couture has been approached by a major promotion with an offer to return to MMA fighting. Couture did not reveal WHICH company approached him, but it's safe to say it's probably Bellator MMA, who has been signing legends such as Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie, and Tito Ortiz, among a slew of others.
Couture spoke to Inside MMA on Friday about the offer:
"I was approached when Fedor [Emelianenko] threw his hat back into the ring after a four, five year layoff. I was the first one they came to. It's certainly something you have to consider and take seriously, but it's not really about money. I think one of the more rational decisions I've probably made in my life was the decision to step down and hang them up."
Considered by many as one of the greatest of all time, Couture feels that his best days were in the past... No matter how "serious" the offer.
"You want to be remembered as somebody that had integrity and that represented the sport in a positive way. I think I accomplished that."
More important to Couture, is how the fans remember him:
"I'm happy with how the fans seem to remember me and the ones that come up to me all the time and talk to me, want a picture. I'm very happy with how that's come out."
Couture's life in the UFC was a busy one. He was a three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion, two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, an interim UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and the UFC 13 Heavyweight Tournament Winner.
I'm pretty sure there's nothing left to prove.