Randy Couture is settled into that pre-fight groove he knows so well. The only difference this time around is the lack of title up for grabs.
At 46, Couture has contended for more UFC titles than any competitor in the promotion’s history. On Saturday, he faces Brandon Vera at UFC 105 in a non-title bout, his second since losing the heavyweight strap to Brock Lesnar at UFC 91 and fifth overall.
It’s Couture’s second re-invention as a light heavyweight after falling short to heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102. His first cut came in 2003, when he fought Chuck Liddell for the interim belt when then-champion Tito Ortiz was unable to defend his undisputed title.