Monday, March 5, 2007

Randy Couture - UFC 68

Tonight I watched one of the greatest sporting moments I have ever seen.....EVER
Randy Couture, the 43 year old 2 time heavyweight and 1 time light heavyweight champion, came out of retirement, one year after hanging up his gloves to go toe to toe in the octogon once again. His opponent was the reigning champion Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia, the strong favorite to win and put the old man 13 years his senior back into retirement.

As the match got under way, the size difference was obvious for all to see, Couture gave a good half foot and over 40 pounds to his opponent, but within the first few moments BOOM, couture struck and knocked Sylvia on his ass! The "fight" that ensued saw Couture truly dominated his larger opponent by using his agility to dodge the akward punches slung by Sylvia, and used his superior clinch and wrestling skills to get the big man on the ground.

The match was a perfect example of "Fail to prepare, prepare to fail" Randy had spent the last few months training with bigger opponents and had planned down to a tee what he was going to do and how he was going to do it, and in terms of fitness, he had certainly prepared to go the distance and even as the fight neared its end, his energy was unstoppable, his hunger visible to all.

As the end of the fifth round came about, and the seconds ticked down, the crowd got to their feet and cheered for "Captain America" filling the arena with an electricity missing from UFC of late. The bell tolled, the match was over, at 43 years of age Randy "The Natural" Couture was the THREE time Heavyweight champion of the world and the legacy continues.

The fight shows us more than just a clash of two mixed martial artists, it shows us that no matter what the age, the odds, they hype, the man with the fire in his belly and the work ethic of a champion (did you see the shape Randy was in!) will always win.
"Not bad for an old man, huh?" were the first words out of the new champs mouth, not bad for a guy in general regrdless of age, I say congrats to the man, and long live the reign of Randy Couture, and inspiration to us all


Macka said...

ooooo weee what a hero

barrie said...

i saw the match, and yes, it was amazing. couture dominated the whole match. he was joe rogans hero, now he is my hero.