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Couture cut no corners for Machida match

4/19/2011
Justin M. Bowen for ESPN.com

Something we learned this week: Randy Couture will step into the cage against Lyoto Machida on April 30 at UFC 129 in Toronto, and no matter the outcome, he won't be fighting again. One thing that remains the same: Couture’s prefight approach. He's determined to go out victorious and has not cut a single corner during preparation.

“This camp has been no different from any other camp that I’ve had with regard to its intensity and its direction,” Couture told ESPN.com during a UFC conference call on Tuesday. “Everybody’s been talking about this announcement the past week or two, but all the work’s done pretty much for this fight.

“We’re in the last week of our training, so I’ve done my job. I’ve done the work that needed to be done.”

Couture had no difficulty staying motivated to fight Machida as he's had his eye on the former 205-pound titleholder for a while.

“I’d been offered a couple of other guys, but I turned them down,” Couture said. “I’ve watched Lyoto for a couple of years now, and I’m very appreciative of the way he competes. He has such a unique style as an athlete. These are the kind of fights that are intriguing and interesting for me to try to figure out and test myself.”

When this fight is over, Couture will turn most of his attention to acting. He is scheduled to begin work on "Hijacked." Couture is also expected to begin filming of "The Expendables 2" in August. He appears in two movies that have yet to be released, "Setup" and "Geezers."

“It’s time to focus on the other things I have going on in my life after the fight,” Couture said. “It’s been an ongoing transition for me.

“I kind of want to go out on my own terms and decide when enough is enough. That time has come.”

Couture will turn 48 in June. He will enter his final mixed martial arts fight with a professional record of 19-10-0.