One of the most anticipated fights in UFC history takes place tonight in Las Vegas. The MGM Grand is where the action will take place and it's going to be huge, as in the largest man to step into the octagon and probably the biggest name in the mixed martial arts world.
The main event is Randy "The Natural" Couture taking on Brock Lesnar. The fight will be for the UFC heavyweight title and is the first bout in what is a three fight tournament to become the undisputed champ of the division. The winner tonight will move on to face the winner of Frank Mir vs Antonio Nogueira which takes place next month.
Randy Couture is one of the most recognizable names in the world of mma. He owns one of the biggest gyms in the game and has had a great fight career. The fighters he has faced is a who's who in the sport. That all being said, I don't know if you can be prepared for what he is about to take on tonight.
Brock Lesnar is a freak of nature. He is 6 foot 3 and weighs in at 265 pounds. I don't know if he has an ounce of fat on him. The speed he possesses on the ground is similar to a 155 pound fighter.
Couture is known as the most prepared fighter you will ever see. His overall knowledge of the sport is second to none. The way he game plans is what sets him apart for anyone else that has ever stepped into the cage. Now at age 45, he has seen almost everything there is to see in the fight game. The only thing he hasn't seen is someone like Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar only has three pro fights which is a huge disadvantage when taking on a fighter the caliber of Randy Couture. The wrestling ability of both guys will never be questioned and will be pretty close to even. The speed and power factor is where I see Lesnar having a very decisive advantage over Randy.
Lesnar weighed in at 265, the max allowed in the heavyweight division. Couture tipped the scales at 220 pounds. That is a ridiculous difference in my opinion. Being that much bigger and having a lot more speed will be what get Lesnar the victory.
I hate picking against Randy Couture because he always proves people wrong and does things normal humans aren't able to do. I just think the task at hand is literally too big. I look for Lesnar to win the bout via ground and pound.
The co-main event should have just as much hype around it as the Couture Lesnar battle. Kenny Florian will step in with Joe Stevenson in a matchup of title contenders in the lightweight (155 pound) division.
Both fighters are very well rounded and tactical. I expect a great display of wrestling, kickboxing, and jiu-jitsu in this one. The UFC has stated the winner gets a title shot next and that is just more motivation for two of the hungriest guys in the world of mma.
Florian and Stevenson are fan favorites. They will not let a fight be boring, the skill level is just too high for that to happen. On paper, this might be the closest matched fight in a long time. It has fight of the night written all over it.
Full fight card:
Champ Randy Couture vs. Brock Lesnar (for UFC heavyweight title)
Kenny Florian vs. Joe Stevenson
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Josh Hendricks
Demian Maia vs. Nate Quarry
Dustin Hazelett vs. Tamdan McCrory
Jorge Gurgel vs. Aaron Riley
Jeremy Stephens vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Mark Bocek vs. Alvin Robinson
Matt Brown vs. Ryan Thomas
Other than the two top fights, there isn't a lot of star power at UFC 91. However, there are many interesting fights that should be competitive crowd pleasers. This event is expected to be the top pay per view event in UFC history. The other fighters on tonight's card are going to have a huge number of eyes on them and exposure like that doesn't come around all the time. It would be the best time to put on a show for everyone watching.
If you like huge fights and a ton of excitement, don't miss the event tonight. It's going to be electric.