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The Case For Randy Couture’s Title Shot

With his recent demolition of fellow UFC Hall of Famer Mark “The Hammer” Coleman at UFC 109, Randy Couture has strategically positioned himself for one last chance at championship glory.

Two consecutive wins over worthy opponents that had themselves been coming off of victories have separated Randy from the pack of an extremely talent filled weight division with no clear cut number one contender. Brandon Vera had two wins at the weight class going into his loss suffered at the hands of Couture, and of course Coleman was fighting on the heels of his one sided victory over Stephan Bonnar.

The recent ups and downs of the 205 pound division have created a scenario where “Captain America” – whether you like it or not – has established himself as a clear challenger to the title.

It is a commonly accepted fact hat the UFC’s 205 pound weight class is among the most ferociously stacked in the sport, and this may be a large part of the reason that many have trouble accepting the forty-six year old legend of the game as a legitimate challenger to the throne. But let me tell you, that’s exactly what he is.

So if not Randy; Who then? Let’s take a look at the others that could be considered worthy of championship contender recognition:

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson: As it stands right now it has been just shy of a full year since Rampage last saw action and the performance the former champion turned in against Keith (2-4 in his last 6) Jardine was far from impressive. Let’s not forget that the bout between Jackson and Jardine was hardly considered to be a blowout in Quinton’s favor. Based on Jackson’s inactivity and lack of a notable victory in his last three bouts I find it hard to get excited about an immediate title shot for the movie star if – and that’s a strong if – he can get past Rashad Evans at UFC 114 in May.

Rashad Evans: Evans showed nothing in his previous bout with Thiago Silva that made me believe the outcome in a rematch with Lyoto Machida would be any different. The only way I see Rashad being justified to bypass Randy for a title shot here is if the “Sugar” manages to carve through Rampage like a knife through butter during their anticipated UFC 114 match-up; And if Mauricio “Shogun” Rua walks away with the championship in his rematch with Machida which is expected for UFC 113. If Machida pulls out the victory in that bout I’d much rather see some fresh blood face off with “The Dragon”, at least until Evans makes a believer out of me through his performances in the Octagon.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: I feel like I may be grasping at straws here even throwing Nogueira’s name in the mix. It’s not that he’s not a worthy contender – he absolutely is – but more that he’s only fought once with the UFC at this point. However, UFC 114 should be a big event as far as determining the next challenger for the 205 pound crown is concerned being that Rashad and Rampage are expected to clash at the event, while Rogerio and Forrest Griffin also duke it out in a bout that carries just as much weight and relevance in the division as the previously mentioned match-up.

Forrest Griffin: Forrest is coming off of a big win over UFC legend Tito Ortiz, but let’s not forget that the man is 1-2 in his last three, and that’s the bottom line. With that being said, a win over Nogueira at UFC 114 combined with all of the star power that makes the case for Randy such an easy one to make, could tip the scales heavily in Griffin’s favor. I don’t think a bout with Machida would be a good look for Griffin… at all. But on the other side of that coin, if Shogun comes out on top a rematch between the two would make perfect sense.

Jon Jones: It’s going to happen sooner or later. This kid is talented beyond belief, and with a 3-1 record that should be 4-0, a decisive win over Brandon Vera during the first UFC on Versus would definitely propel “Bones” in the right direction. Is he ready to challenge for the title? Sure. But I feel like Jones needs to be built up just a little more with the masses at this point, and headlining status on a free event on a major cable television network should go a long way in doing just that.

Perhaps the one decisive difference between Randy and the previously mentioned challengers to the light heavyweight championship in the UFC that stands out the most is that all of those other guys will have other opportunities to get a crack at the belt at some point. Most likely all of them will if they keep winning. But honestly, at a soon to be forty-seven years young, how much longer should we have this living legend prove that he’s worthy to challenge for the title one last time? Should we wait until he suffers a defeat and expect for him to work his way back up? That’s not going to happen. The time is now.

In my opinion Randy Couture has earned his shot at the title one last time, not only due to his recent back-to-back victories over more than worthy opposition, but through a lifetime of sacrifice and dedication to insuring this amazing sport we have all come to love would flourish for years to come when we needed him the most.

So why wait? I say make Couture’s next bout a championship bout. The man’s not getting any younger, and how cool would it be if the legend could pull it off one last time? Stranger things have happened.

37 COMMENTS
  • fanoftna33 says:

    The ufc will give Randy a shot now because he does not have long left and they want to make as much off him as they can while they can, plain and simple. Does he deserve it, yes he does based on two wins in the division and all his past wins in big matches. I think his chin is starting to really show his age but unlike Liddell he is much better at defendind himself and avoiding the ko.
    And for Rogerio only having one win and maybe not being in the mix I have two words for you
    Lesner and Belfort.
    Thoes two got title shots after one win( In Beforts case it was one win back) But Rogerio should be up for a title shot for sure if he beats Forrest.
    I think the winner of Rampage vs Evans needs just 1 more win to get a title shot, hopefully vs the loser of Machida vs Rua.

  • crisis182 says:

    I think you are right that Randy will get the next shot. In actuality I think it should be Rampage because there was controversy when he lost to Forrest two years ago (although I thought the judges got that one right) and since then he has gone 2-0. He annihilated a perhaps over the hill Axe Murderer and only slipped by a tough Keith Jardine who has lost a lot lately. But he really screwed himself with this acting stuff, so I am ok with him being skipped because Randy basically has one shot left in him. I find it odd that such a stacked division has no clear cut contenders. I eagerly await Jon Jones trip to the top though. He is a dominate force who is essentially undefeated. If he steps up in competition and keeps winning, he shouldn’t be more than 2-3 fights from his title shot.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    yep i’m with you, doesnt deserves a title shot per se, but then neither have a lot of the UFC challengers of the last couple years. Its about numbers, Randy will get them, and i’ll support him

  • hindsightufuk says:

    Fan agree with Randys chin too, it’s looking like he really cant take a decent shot any more.

  • HeadkicksROCK says:

    Another who could be thrown into the mix is Ryan Bader, IF he gets a stoppage against Jardine at 110. A boring decision victory or loss and he’s out, but an impressive finish puts him right there with everyone else IMO.

  • Kuch says:

    Do it now while he is still healthy. Despite questions about his worthiness of a shot, I think folks would tune in to see him try.

  • retrofitting123 says:

    agreed on everything. the mans a living legend and ive gained so much respect for him over time.The other guys have long careers ahead of them (especially bones)and on the off chance randy could win it would be nothing short of a miracle!!Moreso,everyone else is booked for a fight already

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Headkicksrock Bader is a very good up and commer but I hope they dont throw him in the title picture just yet. I think he may need a few more good challenges before he steops up and fights the top 5 guys like Rogerio, Rampage or Evans, but he has all the talent it takes to be one of them for sure.

  • HeadkicksROCK says:

    fanoftna33: Headkicksrock Bader is a very good up and commer but I hope they dont throw him in the title picture just yet. I think he may need a few more good challenges before he steops up and fights the top 5 guys like Rogerio, Rampage or Evans, but he has all the talent it takes to be one of them for sure.  (Quote)

    I can’t disagree, that’s why I think he can ONLY be considered if it’s a convincing win. By all means, give him at least one more top tier guy before throwing him in with Machida or Shogun. Let us not forget how hot and cold Jardine can be…did he ever find his mouthpiece after the Houston Alexander fight?

  • Rich S. says:

    I’m kind of annoyed that Randy will probably get a title shot because of his name, and without actually fighting anyone dangerous.. But, I suppose it’s OK seeing as how he doesn’t have much time left in this sport..

    Kind of a crappy way to go out though, right? I think whether he fights Machida OR Shogun it will end pretty badly..

  • jim7283 says:

    Dude you completely left off Shogun Rua, Thiago Silva and Vitor Belfort all of whom would murder Couture in minutes given the opportunity, and all of whom are significantly better than any of the other light heavyweights you named with the exception of Rampage who is definitely suspect these days.

  • jim7283: Dude you completely left off Shogun Rua, Thiago Silva and Vitor Belfort all of whom would murder Couture in minutes given the opportunity, and all of whom are significantly better than any of the other light heavyweights you named with the exception of Rampage who is definitely suspect these days.  (Quote)

    He left off Shogun because Shogun DOES have the next title shot. Vitor Belfort murder Randy? Are you new to MMA kid? Because the last three times they’ve met, Vitor got one freak win and was OBLITERATED two times by the natural. Not just beaten, but beaten badly. Thiago Silva, everyone needs to get off his junk. He’s solid but the two times he’s fought top 5 guys he’s lost. And besides the way he lost to Evans made me lose alot of love for him. He was down two rounds had Rashad wobbled and chose to taunt the crowd. If you’re that oblivious to how the fight you’re competing in is going, you have no right to challenge for a title. I think Thiago Silva and Luiz Cane should fight next. Cane got exposed for not being the phenom we all thought he was against Lil Nog and Silva needs a win badly.

  • Based on Jackson’s inactivity and lack of a notable victory in his last three bouts

    and come on Cory….That decapitation of Wandy wasnt notable?

  • KRS 27 says:

    Randy can not get the next shot.

    Rashad/Rampage winner will get next title shot.

    But after that, Randy def could.

    I think Randy needs atleast another big fight. And considering the best LHW seemed to be locked in for fights, I think Randy should and will fight Thiago Silva, i could see it happening around June, UFC 115, would be the perfect co main event for the Chuck/Tito card, wouldnt it?

    He wins that fight, then we can talk about him getting a title shot. I know he is popular, but Rampage is every bit as big a draw as Randy is, maybe not as likable, but Rampage is a star.

    Randy picked the wrong time, he came to the LHW div when the LHW div in the UFC was the most stacked and competitive div going right now.

    SHogun
    Machida
    Lil Nog
    Forrest
    Rashad
    Rampage
    Chuck
    Tito
    Jon Jones
    Bader
    Jardine
    Thiago Silva
    Luiz Cane

    LHW div is stacked. truely Rampage is the top contender, he should have gotten his shot last year. If he wins vs Rashad he should get it. The question is, he did fuck the UFC, he said he will finish out his contract and then is done, how many fights does he have? If its only a few, does the UFC give him a title shot if he is planning on leaving and not signing a new deal? WHats worse then him winning the title and walking away, maybe walking to SF to fight Mousasi? So could they just use Page for a big fight main event with Rashad, then give him a fight with chuck/tito winner? And give Randy a title shot instead? I dont know, alot will depend on what happens in the Rampage/Rashad fight and is Rampage planning on sticking around. Remember he fucked them once already, they dont want to set up a fight with Machida/Shogun and Rampage and have him walk away before the fight, or win and then walk away. So alot depends on how many fights he has left on his deal, will he sign a new deal etc.

    But I still think Randy is one more big fight away from a title shot.

    Also if say Shogun wins, I think most MMA fans would love to see Shogun vs Anderson Silva.

  • Lethal Liquid says:

    Dude put your Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture kool-aid away. Did you objectively look at his opponent Saturday?

    I mean Mark Coleman looked like a man ready 4 the rocking chair. He was not competitive by any stretch. He is worthy opponent by name only. He needs another victory over a real opponent not a washed up old fighter. I’m not ready to see him completely destroyed.

  • Angry Mike says:

    There’s politics and then there are facts. Politics dictate that Couture gets a title shot. The facts are that he’s behind several other fighters who have proven more than he has with a debatable win over Vera and a win over Coleman, who’s past his prime.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    Agree 100%

  • cagefan says:

    Based on the talent level that The Natural has beaten in his last couple fights I think he is a step closer to the title shot but a couple of things need to be established first. First the winner of Jackson vs Evans will and should get the next title shot. Then Anderson Silva should fight either Couture or the loser of Rua vs Machida ( although the later would never happen). Since Anderson Silva totally dismantled a top 5 light heavyweight contender/former champ has to have some merit here. Couture, in my opinion, needs to fight a top 5 guy next to get a title shot.

  • cagefan says:

    money trumps politics

  • RearNakedRadioPugs says:

    Randy Couture vs Anderson Silva should be next. Forrest is in the conversation and I think we saw that Forrest isnt in Andersons league.

    That would be a true SUPER FIGHT! ANDERSON SILVA vs Randy Couture. Make it happed UFC.

  • MacBatty says:

    Just want to STOP all the Rampage getting a title shot any time soon talk. After what Rampage did when he walked away from the UFC in the middle of their biggest TUF show… Then basically talked SHIT about them for 6 mos….. I seriously doubt Dana is going to give him a title shot ANY time soon.

    Rampage has said he has 3 – 4 fights on his contract and that he is walking away after that……So why would Dana in his right mind give Rampage a shot?

    He would be better off giving Rampage fights against guys like Tito, Wanderlei, & Chuck.

    NO WAY he gets a title shot without signing a new iron clad contract

  • LiverPunch says:

    “The recent ups and downs of the 205 pound division have created a scenario where “Captain America” – whether you like it or not – has established himself as a clear challenger to the title”

    No it hasn’t Randy couture has not faced any of the 205 top talent. If that makes him a “clear” no.1 challenger i give up. i cannot beleive you are trying to create a scenario where he is. 2 losses and then 2 wins fighters means that you are ready to take on a tougher opponent and not the title holder. You act as if well it is him or bla bla bla. how about having Randy take on 1 of about 10 top. If we go by your reasoning. i don’t think Randy is a top talent now and was hardly 5 years ago. He came into the UFC LHW division when it was very thin with only 3 other LHWs of note. And still only went 3-3 against those guys with another victory over Mike Van Arsdale to bring it to 4-3. Now he comes off 2 losses at HW, beats Vera in a lackluster affair where many thought Vera won and then beats Coleman in a fight in which Coleman, a wrestler attempted no wrestling and stood there with his chin in the air.
    If you are trying to say that he deserves it, which you are and have, you Cory Brady are dellusional. Randy Couture has fought times 22 in the UFC and has only ever fought 3 times when a belt was not at stake. That is f#cking stupid, considering he has lost 10 times during that period.
    Not only is your argument flawed but you try and validate it by saying that other title shots were not earned either so why not his one.

    ” that many have trouble accepting the forty-six year old legend of the game as a legitimate challenger to the throne. But let me tell you, that’s exactly what he is”

    So he doesn’t need to face any other top 205 guys for you to conclude this. Wow you are psychic. Tell me who would win between Bruce Lee and Mike Tyson.

    How about instead of saying it is randy or A,B or C, you use common sense and say Randy is now in the mix and should be fighting for a shot and not he deserves one having come off loss, loss, split dec victory and win over an opponent that was little short of a joke. I find it hard to beleive that you try and rationalize that Randy deserves a shot, he doesn’t and you know it, using excuses that he should get it because he doesn’t have much time and that others did not look good. Out of Randy’s 9, that’s right 9 title shots he has earned them with 5 non title victories in the UFC. I am not sure but a ratio of nearly 2 title shots per non title shot victory is a little unusual is it not? just to give you some perspective Frank Mir would have had about 22 title shots by now at the same ratio.
    Truth is he is not worthy but you want it to happen.

  • BillyWarhol says:

    It’s Time for Randy to move on. If they wanna add him on the UnderCard to draw Fans fine but his Fights are Boring now. He uses his Superior Wrestling and Grappling Skills just to Hold Opponents against the Cage + get in 1 or 2 of his “Dirty” Punches – Big Deal – Snore Me a River……..

  • LiverPunch says:

    I should read trough what I have said before I post.
    Before I go here are some other facts about Randy. In the last 10 years he has a record of 11 and 8 with 5 or 6 title shots!. Machida has had to get 1 more than Couture has ever had to get his first. Couture has lost 6 title fights in the last 10 years. Of Coutures 5 non title victories 3 were over Tony Halme, Arsdale and Coleman. Couture has been awarded 2 title shots without having any victories in that division for over five years or ever and after coming off losses.
    This is absurd full stop. Randy although a legend is not worthy of a title shot until (for once) he earns it.

  • crane_style says:

    If the champ only fought the top couple of contenders, we’d see the same people fighting over and over. I haven’t followed boxing for awhile, but I remember it being no big deal for the champ to fight anyone ranked in the top ten.

    He isn’t the number one, but how can you not put him in the top ten? Dudes only won 5 belts.

    Couture is an incredibly adaptive fighter. He fought man-beast Lesnar and only weighed 225 pounds. How many other light heavyweights could step in the ring with a wrestler who out-weighed them by 60-70 pounds? A few, but not many.

    If Couture gets a title shot, no matter who he fights, you know he’ll have a good game plan. Sure, he’s slow enough to get knocked out, but if he doesn’t, I could see him taking a decision.

  • crane_style says:

    LiverPunch: I should read trough what I have said before I post.
    Before I go here are some other facts about Randy. In the last 10 years he has a record of 11 and 8 with 5 or 6 title shots!. Machida has had to get 1 more than Couture has ever had to get his first. Couture has lost 6 title fights in the last 10 years. Of Coutures 5 non title victories 3 were over Tony Halme, Arsdale and Coleman. Couture has been awarded 2 title shots without having any victories in that division for over five years or ever and after coming off losses.
    This is absurd full stop. Randy although a legend is not worthy of a title shot until (for once) he earns it.  

    Uh, before you start tossing around words like absurd, maybe you should check your facts. Sure he lost 6 title fights in the last ten years, but then he won 8 of them. Or don’t you count title defenses?

    Just the fact that he has fought in 14 title matches EVER would make him not only a legend, but someone who deserves some serious respect.

  • islandguy says:

    ” Two consecutive wins over worthy opponents… ” Cory? Coleman was a “worthy opponent?” I’m sorry man but you have a tendency towards hyperbole at times. That fight was totally non-competitive. I respect Coleman for what he’s done… (and I respect anyone who gets in there and fights) but to use that fight as an argument for building up Couture… sheesh. The Vera fight maybe.. though Vera has not looked that good lately but still… I give Randy credit for that one. To say that the Coleman fight meant anything at all .. is outrageous!

  • justjohn says:

    As much as I admire Randy, there is just no way he can prevail in the stacked LHW. He didn’t outfight Vera, he outpointed him. Props to Coleman for trying, but he’s way past his prime. While Randy can hold his own against any wrestler and his fight with Nog was amazing, he has been noticeably slower in his striking. A top level striker like Machida, Rampage or Shogun would beat the hell out of him. I like a Randy/Forrest fight; Forest is a relatively slow striker and Randy could do well. I like a Rashad/Randy fight as well. If he can neutralize Rashad’s speed, the wrestling goes to Randy. For all Rashad’s speed, he’s not nearly as good a boxer as he thinks he is.

  • mu_shin says:

    Cory,

    Haven’t read any of the other comments yet, but have to say how much I appreciate how well you stated your case. So many articles these days are either blatant fan partisanship or illogical unreasoned arguments. You presented your feelings as to Randy’s deserving a title shot, and while I disagree with your conclusions, its a pleasure to consider your position.

    Couture’s victory over Vera was earned and valid, if somewhat less than overwhelming. The win over a fellow hall of famer and former champion is also indicative of a fighter who is still relevant and a force to be reckoned with in the light heavyweight division, but to receive a title shot stricly on fighting merit and not strength of name recognition, it seems to me like Couture needs a decisive victory over a current top competitor like Rampage, Evans, Jones, or Thiago Silva. Personally I think Machida or Rua would be a very tough challenge for Randy, but with one more solid win, then I think Randy would be a deserving title contender, strictly on fighting merit.

  • edub says:

    As Mush in said above its good to see you backing up your argument with a lot of information. However I have to completely disagree with your opinion.

    “Evans showed nothing in his previous bout with Thiago Silva that made me believe the outcome in a rematch with Lyoto Machida would be any different.”

    Lets’s get this out of the way now. I think a Rashad win against Rampage in their next fight should make him the #1 contender in the division if Lyoto wins. His victory over Silva while not dominant was a clear unanimous decision. The same can not be said for Randy’s win over Vera. Thiago was also a top 10 opponent at the time as high as 7 on a few rankings at the time. A win in any measure against rampage would be a W against a top 5 or top 3(depending on the website)opponent. If rashad wins against Rampage he would have back to back wins against top 10 opponents. This situation with the division how it is should more than make him worthy of the title shot. Lil Nog vs. Forrest is a great match up but dont lie to kid you self in to thinking it holds more relevance in the 205 lb division. Griffin #5 vs. Lil Nog #7 or #8 up against Rashad #3 or #4 vs. Rampage #3 or #4. The rankings tell the case of who should be the next contender to the title out of that argument.

    Another situation is if Lyoto loses Anderson should get the chance to fight for titles in two weight divisions. When he has spoken in the past of the 205 lb divsion it was always reserved for Lyoto. If Lyoto is not in the picture you would have to believe that Anderson would take the fight(especially if Shogun beats down Lyoto). As for Anderson being deserving I feel all you need to do is look at his fight with Forrest. Griffin was the #2 or 3 LHW in the world at the time of their fight. While some would argue that is was a favorable style matchup for Anderson in the fight, I would have to agree. I tend to think that any fight in the world right now would be a favorable style matchup for Anderson. He’s too good.

    “Perhaps the one decisive difference between Randy and the previously mentioned challengers to the light heavyweight championship in the UFC that stands out the most is that all of those other guys will have other opportunities to get a crack at the belt at some point. Most likely all of them will if they keep winning. But honestly, at a soon to be forty-seven years young, how much longer should we have this living legend prove that he’s worthy to challenge for the title one last time? Should we wait until he suffers a defeat and expect for him to work his way back up? That’s not going to happen. The time is now.”

    You sound like nothing more than a fan here brother. The title is going to be fought for in about a month or two. There is really no reason for it to be challenged for again for another 6 after that. There is no immediate need for a title shot. Just because his name is Randy does not mean he is all deserving. You also said earlier that he has just gone through two “worthy” opponents. Either you didnt watch the fight against Coleman or you know in the back of your head that last statement is a lie because Coleman is less than a shell of his former self. One more win against Thiago or maybe Anderson Silva in a superfight would make him validated for a title shot. As of this moment Randy Couture should not be considered for a shot at the title. His name and starpower will be the reasons he gets the shot which is kind of sad.

    In saying all that Randy is a mastermind. No matter if he deserves it or not if he can avoid exchanging with Lyoto or Shogun those become two fights he can win. Neither have a Greco back ground which must be what has Randy salivating at the mouth for those fights.

    Lastly while I don’t fell he is deserving I will still be rooting for Randy. I will always root for Randy.

    War Captain America

  • Rece Rock says:

    DW & UFC owe Randy a undeserved title shot any way beingthat he gave a undeserved title shot to Brock Lesner when he was what 2-1… one hand washes the other, keep telling everybody this is a business as well as a sport.

  • Dufresne says:

    Rece Rock: DW & UFC owe Randy a undeserved title shot any way beingthat he gave a undeserved title shot to Brock Lesner when he was what 2-1… one hand washes the other, keep telling everybody this is a business as well as a sport.  

    They gave Lesner an “undeserved” title shot in a completely anemic division when beating 2 people in a row was considered cleaning out half of the weight class. Randy hasn’t cleaned out near half the weight class and is fighting in one of the more stacked divisions in all of MMA. The comparison doesn’t hold up.

  • submit662266 says:

    I agree with edub.

    Also, Randy has not fought anyone who is close to a top contender. He barely survived Vera, who is middle-of-the-road (could be great if he’d pull his head out). It was mentioned that Rashad’s win over Silva was less than impressive: Couture’s over Vera was unimpressive (and Vera is a notch or two below Silva, ranking wise).

    Cory, I expect this kind of propaganda from the UFC’s skewed publishing department: not from 5 oz’s!!! Say it isn’t so!!!

  • LiverPunch says:

    Lidell 22 fights in the UFC and 2 title shots. Randy 22 fights in the UFC 9 title shots (you want to make it 10) a record of 11-8 over the last 10 years which since sep 2002 goes…title shot loss, title shot loss, title shot win, title shot win, loss, title shot win, loss, title shot loss, win, title shot loss, title shot win, win, loss, loss, win, win…title shot?
    =11 wins 8 losses and 10 title shots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
    Absolutly f#cking stupid. He has defended his title 3 times ever as far as I can see.

  • neijia says:

    Another situation is if Lyoto loses Anderson should get the chance to fight for titles in two weight divisions. When he has spoken in the past of the 205 lb divsion it was always reserved for Lyoto. If Lyoto is not in the picture you would have to believe that Anderson would take the fight(especially if Shogun beats down Lyoto). As for Anderson being deserving I feel all you need to do is look at his fight with Forrest. Griffin was the #2 or 3 LHW in the world at the time of their fight. While some would argue that is was a favorable style matchup for Anderson in the fight, I would have to agree. I tend to think that any fight in the world right now would be a favorable style matchup for Anderson. He’s too good.

    Anderson would simply destroy any of those guys, save for maybe a few surprises from Bones. But he’s not fighting Lyoto so if Rua wins, let’s go to the dream matchup of Silva vs. Rua. Otherwise, giving Randy a chance, ok sure. If it’s Randy vs. Lyoto, it’s Lyoto’s sumo defense against Randy’s clinch-heavy style. I’d predict TKO by head kick by Machida after knockdowns of Randy at will, but whatever. Gotta love Couture’s heart and inspiration to us old guys.

  • Rece Rock says:

    @ Dufresne-

    My point was that the guy was 2-1 going for a belt… I’m sure they could have found Brock at least one more fight but no let’s get that money now….my comment has nothing to do with the roster and it’s depth and i’m sure there were more than 4 HW’s runnning around those days…Randy didn’t even get a warm up fight to knock the rust off…because IT’S A BUSINESS and they wanted that match… just liek they want Coutore to headline another championship PPV match to GET AS MUCH $$ AS THEY CAN BEFORE HE RETIRES!

  • jasonah says:

    All who forget Captain America can win, at any time against anyone, anytime.Granted he has lost alot of muscle at his age. I would say if he could beat Rampage he should get a Title shot again.styles make fight’sBasicly if Randy can get U down and you cant get up u will lose. but to the U.F.C this will be his last run for gold and they will treat it as so.for one of the best Fighters of all time in M.M.A

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