This feels like a little bait on Couture's part to see if the UFC and Machida's camp are willing to give it a shot. He's not calling Machida outright, but seeing if he'd get a response that Machida'd be down.
I said it a while ago, but the Machida matchup is win-win for Randy. A retirement match in defeat vs. a top five LHW where he goes out guns blazing against one of the best OR a feelgood upset victory against a top contender, which would be a sound argument for a retirement title fight vs. the LHW champion.
I understand IF Machida's camp and/or the UFC are tenative to give Randy a match vs. Machida because between the dirtyboxing, grappling, cardio and really underrated boxing, that could definately spell trouble or at least a legitimate challenge for Lyoto and three straight isn't something anybody wants. With that being said, right now Machida is faaaaaar better than your Franklins or Forrests at the moment, so a Randy matchup not only spells money, but is a solid LHW main event.
And as I always say, there's always interest and support for Randy Couture and a showdown with Machida is promising for all sides IMO, especially Randy.
MY MMA RANKINGS
HW Velasquez Cigano Werdum Cormier Bigfoot Barnett Mir Browne
LHW Jones Machida Evans Hendo Davis Goose Teixeira Shogun Mousasi Bader
MW ASilva Rockhold Belfort Weidman Jacare Okami Kennedy Consta Belcher Boetsch
WW GSP Hendricks Condit MacDonald Diaz Maia Fitch Kampmann Ellenberger Pyle
LW Bendo Alvarez Maynard Melendez Thomson J.Miller Diaz Pettis Chandler Grant dos Anjos
FW Aldo Mendes Curran Lamas Frankie Zombie
BW Cruz Barao Fernandes Faber Moraes