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Posts by tag: Randy Couture

2 years ago

Randy Couture Says UFC Had Chances To Keep Him

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Dana White had his say and now it’s time for Randy Couture to speak out. A week after Dana brutalized his former UFC champion in the press, The Natural is fighting back. Randy has a different take on his departure from the UFC than his former boss.

It was an all out war a week ago when Bellator and Spike announced that they had signed UFC Hall of Fame fighter Randy Couture away from the UFC. Couture will not only be a part of Bellator’s new reality show, but will also be a fixture on Spike TV. Dana White wasn’t impressed and unloaded on Couture shortly after the news was announced.

“I’m happy that he’s gone. I’m happy that he’s gone forever and that he’s with them. I don’t respect him at all. Not even a little. The only time that Randy Couture is ever a man is when ..click here to read more , , , ,

2 years ago

Looking Back At The Ultimate Fighter Season One

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The Ultimate Fighter returns this week on FX. Lost in all of the excitement is the impact that this show had on MMA 17 seasons ago. As much as UFC will try, they will never have another class and show as exciting as The Ultimate Fighter Season 1.

I watched back the entire season of the first The Ultimate Fighter show recently. I remember at the time being hooked on the show the first time I watched it. I felt the same way re-watching the season all over again. The season was filled with drama, tremendous fights, and a cast of characters that has never been quite as engaging as the cast from this season.

First of all, the format was entirely different on the show. The show featured weekly physical challenges ala Survivor. Unlike today where it was as simple as winning teams picks next fight, fight choices were determined by ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

UFC Heavyweights Analyze Dos Santos Vs. Velasquez II

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UFC 155 will feature one of the most anticipated heavyweight clashes in UFC history. Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez will fight a second time and even after a convincing KO win, not everyone is convinced that JDS can do it twice…especially his peers.

It is easy for a blogger like me to sit here and make UFC predictions but even I’ll admit it is more interesting to hear them from the pros themselves. So let’s hear what the heavyweights that have stepped into the UFC octagon have to say about Velasquez vs. JDS II.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture is going with the challenger.

“The rematch is gonna be interesting, I think you’ll see Cain back at the top of his game and sharp it was a question with the shoulder issues he had. Coming back and fighting a guy the caliber of Dos Santos. he was just ..click here to read more , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Lyoto Machida: The UFC Rise and Fall of the Dragon

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A long time ago Eric approached me with the idea of writing a blog about “The decline of Lyoto Machida.” I was instantly intrigued, but thought that we might be of two different minds on the subject. With his recent victory over Ryan Bader and his upcoming title shot, I thought it might be worthy of discussion.

My original idea was to talk about what happened to the Era of the Dragon reigning with terror over the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division. Many people were so drawn in by his style and his seeming invincibility that he was heralded as an undefeatable champion after signature wins over Thiago Silva and Rashad Evans. Both wins were massive for Machida. They were both nasty knockouts over top competitors, and the second one over Evans actually earned him the UFC Light Heavyweight title. What has happened since? He’s gone 3-3, earning a close decision over ..click here to read more , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

10 Main Events Worse Than UFC 147

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The UFC 147 headliner featuring Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin 2 has been dubbed by many the worst main-event in UFC history. However, a look back tells us that there have been far less interesting fights sold as UFC main-events.

I am certainly not thrilled about the fight but at the same time I think it is absurd to call this the worst headliner in UFC history. I have watched UFC since the start and I can tell you that there have been far worse mismatches passed off as main-events by Zuffa. This got me to thinking and with a little refresher help from Wikipedia, I was able to easily come up with ten fights that were far worse main-events on paper than the UFC 147 headliner.

Now to be fair not all of these fights were sold on pay per view. Some of these fights were given away for free on ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Does Brock Lesnar Belong In The UFC Hall Of Fame?

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Does Brock Lesnar Belong In The UFC Hall Of Fame?

Brock Lesnar walked into the UFC with one MMA fight under his belt & left almost four years later as a former UFC world champion with wins over elite heavyweights. Now retired, Brock’s UFC run begs to question whether or not Brock Lesnar should go into the UFC Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is one of the most debated topics in sports. Whether it is football, baseball, boxing, or even the UFC, there is no shortage of opinions as to what a true Hall of Fame athlete is. Yet a look at Hall of Fame athletes in sports all over the world makes the criteria more muddy every day. The UFC Hall of Fame is no exception.

Brock Lesnar is a name that will always remain polarizing in MMA. Lesnar had the dual distinction at one time of being the most hated fighter in MMA yet being the biggest drawing ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

Former UFC Champions Talk Jon Jones Vs. Rashad Evans

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Jon Jones vs. Rashad EvansUFC.com has a fantastic article previewing the UFC 145 showdown between Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans. The UFC rounded up all of the former UFC light heavyweight champions to break down the fight and predict Saturday’s championship showdown.

Before I get into the quotes, there was one thing that immediately came to mind after reading this article. The article is a reminder as to how new the UFC really is as an organization. In the history of the company, there have only been 11 different UFC light heavyweight champions. Call me naïve but if you would have asked me before reading the article as to how many different light heavyweight champions the UFC has had in its history, I probably would have guessed much higher.

It also looks like that out of all of ..click here to read more , , , , , , ,

2 years ago

A Look Back At Brock Lesnar’s MMA Career

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Brock Lesnar officially retired from MMA after suffering a TKO loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 & is back in the WWE. In just a short span of four years Lesnar conquered the world of MMA competing at the highest level and winning a world championship. Lesnar’s run in the world of MMA is nothing short of remarkable.

It is entirely possible that Brock Lesnar’s UFC career is over. Choosing not to get surgery is practically announcing his retirement. Even if Lesnar does get surgery, the operation is invasive and could put Lesnar on the shelf for over a year, missing a critical amount of time at this stage of his career. In all likelihood the world of MMA has probably seen the last of Brock Lesnar as an elite heavyweight.

So today I look back at one of the most amazing short careers in MMA history. His ..click here to read more , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

UFC 73 Flashback: Tito Ortiz Vs. Rashad Evans 1

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It may have taken four years but MMA fans are finally getting three more rounds of Tito Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans. The former UFC light heavyweight champions face off once again at UFC 133. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at their first fight and how it could play into their rematch.

Evans vs. Ortiz 1 took place at UFC 73: Stacked on July 7, 2007 in Sacramento, California. Ortiz vs. Evans was a co-headliner on an event that included two UFC championship fights. At UFC 133, Ortiz and Evans will be the main-event, as Ortiz steps in on less than a month’s notice after Phil Davis pulled out of the fight. Unlike UFC 73: Stacked, UFC 133 is all about Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans.

A lot has changed in four years for these ..click here to read more , , , , ,

3 years ago

James Toney Fighting Former UFC & WWE Champion In MMA Return

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I guess James Toney enjoyed being humiliated in front of an MMA audience by 47-year old fighters. Toney has signed to fight former UFC Superfight champion Ken Shamrock in what has to be the biggest farce since…Toney’s last fight.

BJPenn.com reported on Thursday that the two former champions have signed to face off in an MMA bout on September 23. No place or promotion has been attached to the fight according to reports. To make this one an even bigger freak show, Toney’s reps told MMAFighting.com that a reality TV show is also on the table as part of the fight package.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news for the good MMA fans of Texas, but according to reports Texas is closest to getting the fight. This news comes less than a week after ..click here to read more , , ,

3 years ago

Top 20 Biggest Upsets In MMA History

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I don’t think it gets much more exciting in MMA than seeing a big upset. There is something about seeing an upset that electrifies a live crowd and can put you on the edge of your couch at home in seconds. Today I look back at twenty of the biggest upsets in MMA history.

All of these upsets were based on odds and reputation coming into the fight. Yes, in hindsight years later some of these wins weren’t exactly big upsets after all. However, at the time the handicapping of the fight prior to the event told a much different story. It is hard to believe seeing Tim Sylvia fight today that anyone would consider the loss to Randy Couture an upset, however the MMA community thought much different at the time as an example of what I am talking about.

So today in no particular order I go ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 years ago

15 UFC Main-Events That Needed Five Rounds

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Dana White announced last week that all UFC main-events will be five rounds going forward. I have seen mixed reaction on the move in the MMA community. Yet in my opinion, I don’t think there is anything wrong with more fighting.

The move is certainly a big game changer. Fighters will now have to come into to non-title main-event fights with a bigger emphasis on cardio. Fighters who are known to strike early and fast will now have to pace themselves for a potential grueling two additional rounds. Fans will also get more bang for their buck with the addition of more rounds to their headliners. It seems good to me.

This isn’t to say that there aren’t drawbacks with the change. With the addition of two more rounds, we probably will see less classic non-title headlining fights as guys will be more cautious with their pace. The intrigue ..click here to read more , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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