När man förra året letade efter en passande motståndare till Fedor Emelianenkos comeback under Rizin 2 i Japan blev Randy Couture erbjuden matchen, men tackade sedan nej eftersom han kände att det skulle bli för svårt att komma i form efter att ha varit bort från sporten under 4 års tid.
Det här berättade Couture, via ”MMAJunkie Radio”:
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It’s not a huge money issue. The kind of money they’re talking about is significant. But it’s more about doing the sport justice and doing myself justice.
At 52 years old, to put my body back through all that and do the things I know I need to do to do it right is a lot to ask. I’m more worried about sustaining an injury that’s going to affect the rest of my life.
This is not an easy sport. There’s a serious possibility that, not just in the fight, but in the training process trying to get my body back into the shape that I need, (I sustain a serious injury). I’m not sure that it’s up for that challenge, to be honest.
I’ve been focused on acting and traveling a lot. I’m in decent shape, but that’s not the same as being in fight shape. So for me to come out now after four years of layoff, it would be a big challenge.
If I was to seriously consider it, and they were to come up with a number that made that worth it to me, to put all the other stuff that I’m doing in my life on hold and get back into the gym and get back on the fight path, I would need some time, and I’d want to run in and do a tuneup, or two, before I fought a guy like him.