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Old 10-07-2009, 01:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Couture-Vera to air on Spike TV

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UFC 105: COUTURE VS. VERA TO AIR ON SPIKE TV
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 - Press Release courtesy of Spike TV

Legendary five-time UFC champion Randy “The Natural” Couture will headline a fight card on Spike TV for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 14 (8:00pm ET/PT same day tape) in the main event of UFC 105. Emanating from the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, Couture will square off against highly regarded veteran Brandon “The Truth” Vera in a bout in the light heavyweight division.

The 46-year-old Couture (16-10) is a former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion, and will be making his return to the 205-pound weight class after fighting the last two-and-a-half years as a heavyweight. His last bout as a light heavyweight was a loss to Chuck Liddell at UFC 57 in February 2006. The mixed martial arts icon, fighting out of Las Vegas, is on a quest for an unprecedented sixth world championship in the UFC.

“I would love to be a six-time UFC champion, to set the bar very high in that regard, and that’s what I want to accomplish at 205 pounds,” said Couture. “That is my immediate goal. I am very intrigued by the current light heavyweight division, there are some great matchups for me here, and I believe I have to tools to win back the light heavyweight title.”

Couture, who grew up in Lynwood, Wash., was an All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State and a three-time alternate on the U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team. He has competed in a record 15 title fights, and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2006. Couture’s most recent championship reign was in the UFC’s heavyweight division, a title he captured with a dominating performance over Tim Sylvia at UFC 68 in March 2007.

Fighting out of San Diego, Calif., Vera is 11-3 in his mixed martial arts career and is trying to win his third consecutive fight. He most recently snapped the six-fight winning streak of the highly rated Krzysztof Soszynski with a unanimous decision victory at UFC 102 in August. Prior to that bout, Vera dismantled Michael Patt at UFC 96 with a series of brutal leg-strikes, which led to a second round TKO victory.

Now Vera says he is ready to take on an all-time great and begin carving his own legend in the UFC as he continues his ascent towards the light heavyweight title. "It will be an honor and a privilege to fight a living legend like Randy Couture. He has been someone that I have looked up to and I can't wait to get in there and fight in November,” he said.

The UFC 105 co-feature is a welterweight showdown as native Englishman Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy (22-6) meets Mike Swick (14-2-0) inside the Octagon. Hardy will be looking to remain perfect in the UFC and win his fourth straight bout, while Swick tries to extend his winning streak in the UFC to five in a fight that could vault the winner into number one contender status in the 170-pound division.

Also on the card is a match-up with huge implications in the middleweight division between the UK’s own Michael “The Count” Bisping (17-2-0) and Canadian Dennis Kang (32-11-1), a bout pitting “The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K.” welterweight division winner James Wilks (7-2-0) and the always exciting Matt “The Immortal” Brown (12-7-0), and a fight between “The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K.” lightweight division winner Ross Pearson and Aaron Riley.
From http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/...=9717&zoneid=2
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I want Randy to retire already.... this fight depends on which Vera shows up.

The gun-shy Vera will get controlled by Randy and decision-ed unless he lands a knee in the clinch.

I hope Vera KO's Randy into retirement already.
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I want Randy to retire already.... this fight depends on which Vera shows up.

The gun-shy Vera will get controlled by Randy and decision-ed unless he lands a knee in the clinch.

I hope Vera KO's Randy into retirement already.
Huh? Why should Randy retire? He looked great against Sylvia, did great against a huge young Lesnar, showed massive heart and cardio against a world class Nog...

Plus saying that in the clinch Randy could get KO'd? Randy would be lucky if Vera is in clinching range so he could work his dirty boxing.
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Randy still has a few more fights in him. Vera is unpredictable in the sense that you have no idea which version of him you'll see in the octagon. It should still be interesting to watch. And it's free. Can't beat that.
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Old 10-07-2009, 04:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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thank god, no offense to either fighters but i probably wouldnt pay $50 to watch that fight
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well if there is a good and bad version of verra he shouldn't be in ufc, im tired of seeing people get saved, if you can't cut it go fight in a lower tier leauge, look you can argure weight classes but everyone really knows the ufc is the cream of the crop, judged as a whole its the best organization to be in, i hope the best man wins here
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I actually like this card a lot. The choice to put it on Spike for free was a great one, but all and I think this will be a pretty entertaining night. The only fighter in the main three fights who has ever had a boring fight is Vera, and I don't know that it is possible to have a boring fight against Randy.
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No doubt Spike picked a good card to show on TV. This could be one of the better ones of the year. Looking forward to seeing what Randy has left in the tank.
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Anytime the UFC is free it's alright with me. I wish they would broadcast more fights on Spike personally or at least start airing the prelims like they did at 103.
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I actually like this card a lot. The choice to put it on Spike for free was a great one, but all and I think this will be a pretty entertaining night. The only fighter in the main three fights who has ever had a boring fight is Vera, and I don't know that it is possible to have a boring fight against Randy.
This is an awesome card, and being free means more money to spend on vodak!

I've been waiting to see Vera get back to his former self, but i don't want to see him do it against the old man. We should see an excellent game plan and an excellent fight between these 2.

And I hope Brown brings it. He's terrific when he's on his game, and Wilkes should provide for a real exciting match.
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