Posted On:8/01/2009 12:33pm
I don't know how many of you were Pro Wrestling fans back in the 1980s and watched wrestling on the Superstation, TBS, but in the old NWA they used to have 'Loser Leave Town' matches where the loser leaves the organization or retires. Dusty Rhodes, Magnum TA, Ric Flair, and Tully Blanchard would have been likely competitors in these matches. After Couture and Nogueira's last matches and considering their age, the UFC 102 bout has taken on this feel.
Couture's last match ended in a hard knockout at the hands of Brock Lesnar. Couture is 46 years old, yes I said 46 and it surprised me too. He has fought in many hard wars including two brutal knockout losses to Chuck Liddell. Albeit, Randy looked great in his two victories over Tim Sylvia and Gabriel Gonzaga prior to the Lesnar match; father time may have finally caught up with Randy Couture. A victory in Randy's home area would be a great way to end a legendary MMA career, and Randy still has much to give to the sport through his training and commentary.
Nogueira is only 33 years old, which was surprising to me based upon his amount of fights and his appearance in last bout. He looked heavy and slow in last appearance in which he was dominated by Frank Mir. Mir handed Nogueira his first stoppage in his career. Nogueira did not resemble the fighter in the Pride Fighting Championships that mixed it up with the top Heavyweights in world like Fedor Emeliamenko, Mirko CroKop, and Josh Barnett to name a few. Nogueira made for difficult matches for each of these Heavyweight icons, holds victories over CroKop and Barnett, and was nearly impossible to stop by KO or submission.
The Couture Nogueira bout could prove to be the end of one of fighters careers or at the very least their current run in the UFC as a top contender. Conversely, an outstanding performance could earn one of the fighters a title shot with Brock Lesnar, although it is unlikely that a Couture rematch will spark much fan interest. The bout has a lot riding on it for the future of these two MMA legends, and the loser may very well be pursuing other interests outside of actually fighting in the Octagon.
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Posted On:8/01/2009 1:09pm
I disagree with this article.
it's all vanity
Posted On:8/01/2009 1:11pm
Posted On:8/01/2009 1:54pm
If it was, I'd think Dana White would hype it more. Consider how long he spoke about Liddell retiring.
Posted On:8/01/2009 3:23pm
Style: MT, Judo & BJJ
Holy balls, Nogueira is only 33!?
His face looks like old leather and sadness.
Posted On:8/01/2009 4:17pm
Style: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
good god, what an absurd, useless article, and I love watching late 80's NWA.
Posted On:8/01/2009 6:07pm
Style: BJJ, MT, Yoga
Ice Cube was a wrestler?
There is no cheating, there is only jiu-jitsu.
Posted On:8/01/2009 7:54pm
Style: Gym drifter
Wasn't Nog inable to train due to staff before the Mir fight?
Originally Posted by MrBadGuy
The Dog kid's mom is parked next to me in the parking lot. He runs up and asks me a question. "Hey dude, where did you learn that stuff?"
"That was grappling. Real MMA."
"Where do I go for that?"
I was a little shocked. Sure, he changed sides quickly, but I guess even a dog can realize it has more in common with the wolf than with the shephard.
I give him the names of some BJJ schools in the area, and we go our separate ways.
Posted On:8/01/2009 10:00pm
Originally Posted by Siniq
Wasn't Nog inable to train due to staph before the Mir fight?
You should be ashamed.
Posted On:8/01/2009 10:02pm
Originally Posted by Hesperus
You should be ashamed.
That caption I did a whyle back confused me.
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