Last night from the Mandalay Bay is Las Vegas, we might have seen the best fighter in UFC history.
UFC 74 was titled Respect and every time Randy Couture fights, he earns more and more respect from fight fans everywhere. If anyone doesn't think this guy is amazing, they're simply crazy and don't know anything about competition.
Randy Couture easily defended his UFC Heavyweight title last night as he dominated Gabriel Gonzaga. Couture just kept up a great pace as he always does and ended the fight in the 3rd round when referee Herb Dean stepped in.
The beginning of the end was in the middle of round one. Couture secured a takedown and when he drove Gonzaga into the mat, Randy's head collided with Gonzaga's nose splitting it wide opened. The blood started to flow and it never stopped. After the fight, Couture said he heard a crunch when he slammed Gonzaga down. He knew his nose was busted and it would affect the stamina of the challenger.
Gonzaga earned respect in defeat and he was clearly running out of gas towards the end of round one but didn't stop throwing bombs. He looked to have Randy rocked on a few occasions. Couture's will and determination to be the best just doesn't seem to stop. He just piled up good shots and kept taking the fight to the ground. The fight was stopped when Couture was on top on Gonzaga dropping bomb after bomb after bomb.
Amazing. There isn't much more to say about a champion that is 44 years olds and actually looks to be getting better then he ever was.
Georges St. Pierre looked better than ever last night also. This guy to me is the best fighter in the world. He proved it again as he manhandled up and coming superstar Josh Koscheck. The former champion dominated on the feet which was expected. GSP was able to take down the former four time wrestling all-american at will also, which I don't think any UFC fan would have thought was possible.
St. Pierre looked more focused than ever light night as he easily won a three round decision. After the fight he said that the loss to Matt Serra was the best thing that could have happened to him because it will make him better than he was before. If that's the case, the rest of the welterweight division is in trouble.
Two lightweight fighters made claim for the number one contender spot last night. Joe "Daddy" Stevenson looked awesome again on his way to a unanimous decision over Kurt Pellegrino. The fight was never in doubt and Stevenson is one more guy who impresses me every time out.
The other lightweight contender who might be the most exciting fighter in the UFC is Roger Huerta. He manhandled Alberto Crane and forced the referee to stop the fight in the 3rd round. Huerta showed he has awesome submission defense to go along with superior standup as he proved too much for Crane.
Clay Guida def. Marcus Aurelio via split decision
Thales Leites def. Ryan Jensen via Submission (armbar) -- Round 1, 3:47
Frank Mir def. Antoni Hardonk via submission (kimura) -- Round 1, 1:17
Renato Sobral def. David Heath via submission (anaconda choke) -- Round 3, 3:30
Patrick Cote def. Kendall Grove via TKO -- Round 1, 4:45
Joe Stevenson def. Kurt Pellegrino via unanimous decision
Roger Huerta def. Alberto Crane via TKO -- Round 3, 1:50
Georges St. Pierre def. Josh Koscheck via unanimous decision
Randy Couture def. Gabriel Gonzaga via TKO -- Round 3, 1:37
Another UFC event and one more time that I walk away in awe. Randy Couture is a legend in this sport and the guy is just something to marvel at. Not only is this guy a world class fighter, but the way he prepares himself is just amazing. He wants to compete and be the best, and he just might be the greatest fighter in the history of the UFC.