Sunday, November 16, 2008
LESNAR TOOK RANDY'S BELT.
The legendary UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture lost in his comeback to Brock Lesnar in the main event at UFC 91 tonight in Las Vegas, as the younger, stronger man delivered a series of brutal punches and won a second-round TKO.
In the first round, they had a rough, tough wrestling match in which Lesnar spent more time in the dominant position, but neither man did a lot of damage. But in the second, Lesnar landed a brutal punch that knocked Couture down, pounced on him and continued bashing him until the referee had no choice but to step in.
It was the 45-year-old Couture's first fight in 15 months, and he looked rusty, while the 31-year-old Lesnar looked just as big and strong as ever. Lesnar also looked more patient than he had in his previous fights -- he picked and chose his spots and didn't rush into anything.
Couture will always be one of the all-time greats in MMA, but today was probably the last day he'll ever be the owner of a UFC title belt. Couture's record falls to 16-9; Lesnar's record improves to 3-1.
Up next for Lesnar will be the winner of the Frank Mir-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fight at UFC 92. Lesnar's battle with Mir or Nogueira will unify the UFC heavyweight title, and will be one of the biggest fights of 2009.
Posted by Doug Jefford