Cagewriter - Mixed Martial Arts

Randy Couture's role in mixed martial arts is so much bigger than just a main event fighter next week at UFC 109. The 46-year-old has really set the standard for maturing fighters on how to train, stay in shape and get better with age. Couture fought Chuck Liddell, three times, losing twice, yet his career is steaming along while "The Iceman's" time in the Octagon appears to be on life support. Couture doesn't believe it's quite that bleak for the guy who has lost 4-of-5 five fights.

"Chuck can do anything he sets his mind to. I think there were some lifestyle issues that were more the issue with Chuck," said Couture. "It's not that he doesn't have the ability to fight anymore."

It's interesting that Couture mentioned "lifestyle issues." It was just four days ago during the season 11 "Ultimate Fighter" media day that Tito Ortiz flippantly threw out the allegation that Liddell, 40, was alcoholic who needed an intervention back in November.   

"He's trying to clean up some of that extracurricular stuff and focus more on what he really wants to do," Couture said, certainly not going as far as Ortiz.

Couture suggested if Liddell can regain his focus and drive, hitting 40 isn't all that bad.

"That's the nice thing about getting older. We tend to get smarter. Hopefully he's made the adjustment. He sees the opportunity here so he can rally and keep things simple in training and go out and perform."

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