The monstrous Brock Lesnar, of former WWE fame, did what he set out to do against 11 year MMA veteran Randy “The Natural” Couture. Tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Lesnar defeated Couture in the second round to become the new UFC heavyweight champ of the world. I guess 50 Cent was right after all, hunh?
Randy suffered a TKO loss in round two, after what was considered to be a successful first round. And while at moments during the fight there was apparent loss of cardio by Brock, the man who weighed in at a whopping 265 lbs waited patiently for an opportunity to end the fight and capitalized upon it when that chance arrived.
Referee Mario Yamasaki afforded the former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Couture as much time as respect for the veteran would safely allow, but the barrage of South-Dakota-bred hammer fists (following a powerful punch) being dealt out by Lesnar forced a call to end the historic bout at 3:07 of the second round.
Lesnar, one to freely express himself inside the octagon, told announcer Joe Rogan his feelings on his new status as champ.
“It sounds good,” Lesnar said. “I can’t believe it. I want to thank (UFC President) Dana White, the UFC, and I want to think this guy, Randy Couture.
“It takes a lot of balls to take a year off and come back and fight a young buck like me.”
Couture, a true champion in all true mixed martial arts fans’ minds no matter the outcome, was gracious and showed his true “Captain America” colors after the loss.
“There was some big ass ham hocks coming at you,” Couture said of Lesnar’s oversized hands. “It’s hard to get out of the way of those.”
“That’s just a big son of a bitch, that’s all there is to it.”
The question in most minds was, and is still, that of whether The Natural will return to the octagon. His response is filled with optimism, and it’s likely we’ll still see him make a run getting the coveted belt back.
“We’ll let things settle out and figure out what we want to do,” Couture said. “I still feel like I’m getting better as a fighter. We’ll see what happens.”
Although tonight was officially a loss in the books, the appeal of Randy once again further skyrocketed and this great athlete’s contender status is undoubtedly legitimate.
The official UFC 91 fight results are as follow, in full.
- Brock Lesnar def. Randy Couture via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 3:07 (to become UFC heavyweight champ)
- Kenny Florian def. Joe Stevenson via submission (rear naked choke) @ Round 1, 4:03
- Dustin Hazelett def. Tamdan McCrory via submission (armbar) @ Round 1, 3:59
- Gabriel Gonzaga def. Josh Hendricks via TKO (strikes) @ Round 1, 1:01
- Demian Maia def. Nate Quarry via submission (rear naked choke) @ Round 1, 2:13
- Aaron Riley def. Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jeremy Stephens def. Rafael dos Anjos via TKO (strikes) @Round 3, 0:39
- Mark Bocek def. Alvin Robinson via submission (rear naked choke) @ Round 3, 3:16
- Matt Brown def. Ryan Thomas via submission (armbar) @ Round 2, 0:57