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Randy Couture is Back

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I saw commercials this week for Inside the UFC, which I haven’t seen yet because I’m usually in bed when it airs. This week’s commercial for it said Randy Couture was going to make an announcement. I also saw an article about Randy participating in Pros vs. Joes, and figured that would be the announcement.

Boy was I wrong.

On March 3, 2007, Randy is going to fight for the UFC Heavyweight Title! The dude is a Hall of Famer, and 43 years old. He kind of reminds me of Rocky, when Drago says “He is like a piece of iron.” You look at the guy and you can tell that he probably wouldn’t flinch if you hit him in the face with a sledgehammer. Anyway, I’m excited to see him fight again. He hasn’t fought in the heavyweight division since I started regularly watching the UFC, even though he was twice the title holder in that weight class.

From what he said in the interview (link below) with the UFC, he feels like his techniques and skills have changes, giving him a chance to still be on top of the UFC. Reminds me of how Michael Jordan came back as a mid-range jump shooter after his retirements, and was still the league’s best player…well, at least after the first retirement.

Couture Returns to Face Sylvia at UFC 68

Great Finale

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Tonight was the final for The Ultimate Fighter season 2. Rashad Evans beat Brad Imes and Joe Stevenson beat Luke Cummo. Both were great fights, both went to decisions. The main event was also a great fight that went to the judges. It was a great night of fighting, the UFC is getting better all the time.

Mental Toughness

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After watching UFC 55 recently, the mental toughness of the fighters became very apparent to me. Some of the fighters scheduled for UFC 56 were interviewed, but it was different than other fighting sports I’ve seen. Two pairs of fighters were interviewed. Each pair that was matched up with each other were sitting side by side and discussing strategy witn the interviewer. Now, in boxing, I’ve seen competitors be friendly towards each other, but they always shy away from strategy. This was different, they were asked how they planned on beating the opponent (who was right next to them) and they would go on to explain weaknesses they saw in the other’s game.

I’m becoming more and more of a fan of the UFC. It has less feaux hype than almost any sport I’ve seen. When fighters say what they plan on doing right in front of their opponent, then go into the ring and somehow manage to still win the fight, that’s pretty impressive to me. Another thing I’m impressed by is the genuine mutual respect most fighters have for each other. It seems as though the fighters truly just love to fight, that they are in it for the love of the game. After most fights, each fighter will show their genuine respect to the other fighter and make sure they’re alright.

I’m liking this stuff more and more each time I watch it.

Ultimate Fighter – Episode 6

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I’m a regular viewer of SpikeTV’s Ultimate Fighter, now in its second season. Tonight’s show was the best yet. Jorge, who I picked to win the Welterweight class, finally fought. He fought the loose cannon of the show, Jason. Well, at first he was a loose cannon, since he showed up though, he’s really mellowed out.

Jason impressed me with his honesty before the fight. He admitted he was very nervous, excited, and had no idea how he was going to beat Jorge. The first round belonged to Jorge, but Jason wasn’t backing down. In the next two rounds, Jason did just what he needed to get the advantage. Jorge did all he could, but in the end, Jason put up the better fight. Very impressive.

Jason fights freestyle and has glimpses of last year’s Light Heavyweight champ, Forrest Griffin. Both fighters tonight have tons of heart, and I expect to see both of them in UFC fights when the show is over. Jorge will get surgery on his knee, then he can fight at full strength again.

Great show!