PDG: So youâ€™re definitely planning on fighting Fedor at the end of the year?
Randy: Yeah, the last quarter of 2008 I expect to be in a position to find a way to make the Fedor fight happen. I know heâ€™s going to have competition in between, and I hope those go well for him, and the status [of the fight] remains the same as it is now. I certainly have some acting and training to do between now and then that I am excited about. Iâ€™m going to focus on those things and stay in shape and stay sharp and be ready for that fight after my contracts have expired.
PDG: So that is the only fight left that you want?
Randy: At this stage of things, yes that is the only fight I want. I think that if that fight doesnâ€™t happen then you will see me retire. I have been competing not to win titles, but purely for the love of competition and fighting guys that I thought were interesting to fight. Out of all the guys out there right now Fedor is the guy I want to fight. Win or lose Iâ€™ll probably retire after that fight and focus on all of that other stuff. At 44 right now, Iâ€™ll be 45 when that fight happens, that will be the best fight in my opinion to go out on either way.
Couture makes a bold statement “I’m not really going to settle with the UFC”.
PDG: Well Randy thatâ€™s it. I appreciate you taking the time to do the interview; I know you didnâ€™t really want to do any. I also wasnâ€™t planning on bothering you about your issues with the UFC, but thank you for the comments.
Randy: Well I didnâ€™t really want to do any interviews that would inflame the situation or prevent me from settling with the UFC in a positive way. But the ground work has kind of been laid and now the situation is Iâ€™m not really going to settle with the UFC so it doesnâ€™t matter. People are getting the word now though, but itâ€™s all good.