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Old 09-20-2008, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Couture spars with Shane Carwin to prepare for Lesnar

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As UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture gets ready for his November 15 fight against Brock Lesnar at UFC 91, I've been curious how, exactly, Couture would be getting ready.

Obviously, Couture knows how to prepare himself to step into the Octagon, but preparing for a guy like Lesnar -- the enormous former NCAA heavyweight champion turned WWE star -- presents some unique challenges. How do you find a sparring partner who can mimic the size and power of Lesnar, who has to cut weight to get down to the 265-pound heavyweight limit?

The answer, it turns out, is that Couture is sparring with another enormous fighter who was a very good college wrestling: Shane Carwin, who was an NCAA Division II wrestling champion and is now 9-0 in his professional mixed martial arts career. On this week's Inside MMA, it was reported that Carwin (who himself is preparing for a fight against Neil Wain at UFC 89) is serving as the sparring partner for Couture.

Lesnar is such a unique physical specimen that I'm not sure if anyone can truly replicate what he'll do in the Octagon, but Carwin probably comes the closest of anyone out there. It's a smart move for Couture.
i can't believe i didn't see this coming...makes perfect sense...
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Old 09-20-2008, 03:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Man Couture is really just a genius when it comes to MMA. This is the perfect guy to train with. Carwin is actually much more well rounded then Brock now he will just need to find someone to work with who has crazy reach but Carwin is basically a slightly smaller version of Lesnar.
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Old 09-20-2008, 03:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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He also has a lot better standup and punching power than lesnar. I dont think he could pick a better sparring partner. I Still think he is going to lose this fight though
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Man Couture is really just a genius when it comes to MMA. This is the perfect guy to train with. Carwin is actually much more well rounded then Brock now he will just need to find someone to work with who has crazy reach but Carwin is basically a slightly smaller version of Lesnar.
Genius is a slight exaggeration, anyone with eyes in their head can see the similarities between Brock and Shane. But yeah you're spot on with the reach thing. I also believe Brock is a hell of a lot more athletic and explosive than Shane. These factors are what will concern Randy most IMO.
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i can't believe i didn't see this coming...makes perfect sense...
I didn't think it about it either, and I agree it makes perfect sense. I was thinking that Randy was just going to focus on bringing huge wrestlers to get used to Brock's size.
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Genius is a slight exaggeration, anyone with eyes in their head can see the similarities between Brock and Shane. But yeah you're spot on with the reach thing. I also believe Brock is a hell of a lot more athletic and explosive than Shane. These factors are what will concern Randy most IMO.
It does seem obvious now but honestly I didn't think of it when thinking about this fight and I never heard anyone bring it up.
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It does seem obvious now but honestly I didn't think of it when thinking about this fight and I never heard anyone bring it up.
Yeah fair one mate. I think Shane Carwin is going to be in high demand as a sparring partner for as long as Lesnar is an active MMA fighter, at least for the smaller heavyweights anyway.
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I'm really not shocked by this, Carwin's probably one of the few mixed martial artists that resembles Brock in size and background (collegiate wrestling, although not as high of a level).

Carwin's a tough guy, I'd actually love to see him and Brock going at it.. that would be a battle of giants.
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