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Pound-for-Pound: Rumor Mongers!

By:
Dom Velando
Date:
13 November 2007

    Oh! Hello there! My name's Dom, and I like to watch fights. Do YOU like to watch fights? Did you know that Randy Couture might be fighting in December? Or that Anderson Silva may soon fight the only guy in the UFC who could beat him? Oh, yeah. And there's more! I'll tell ya all bout it...
 

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  Randy Couture may return to the Octagon by year's end.

     Randy Couture. He's not on good terms with the UFC, but he is under contract for another nine months... What to do?


    Fight Antonio "Minotauro" Nogueira, that's what. UFC President, Dana "F'ing" White, recently offered this fight to the 44-year old heavyweight champ and Couture has apparently text-messaged White, stating his desire to meet the prez face-to-face in the near future.


    Couture has stated that a fight with Fedor is the only fight that makes sense at this point. What part of fighting the legendary "Minotauro" doesn't make sense?? I might consider Tim Sylvia a top 5 HW, and Gonzaga is very tough as well, but Minotauro is Couture's match in terms of technical skill, heart and experience.

    Dana: Make It Happen.    

 

 

    "pre·ci·sion (prĭ-sĭzh'ən)
    n.
    
    a.  The ability of a measurement to be consistently reproduced."
    see: example 1.1
 

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1.1    
WHACK! Anderson Silva consistently reproducing an exact measurement
of the distance between his fist and Chris Leben's face."

     He's easily the most accurate striker in MMA today, and I'm gonna go ahead and say, ever. Who the hell do you get to fight a man who bats .400 with other men's skulls?

    How about a guy who has a win over Big Nog? And Babalu? And knocked out Renzo Gracie? And Wanderlei Silva? And is the first guy to simultaneously hold belts in two weight classes in a major organization?

 

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 Dan Henderson may challenge Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title.

 
    Indeed, Dan Henderson has been asked by Dana White to consider fighting at middleweight, and Hendo has apparently informed the very classy Bubba the Lovesponge that he plans to cut to 185 lbs.


    Rumor has it that Yushin Okami and Nate Marquardt are leaving the UFC, but the addition of Hendo and the return of that lovable, grizzly drunkard, Evan Tanner, make for excellent replacements.


    The force is strong with Hendo, what with his superlative mental strength, killer right hand and excellent wrestling (Hendo has competed in the NCAA and Summer Olympics in Greco Roman wrestling).

    Silva's weakness, if any, is his lack of experience against truly elite fighters. Rich Franklin was dominant before Silva took his belt, but Silva has yet to fight a Matt Lindland or a Paulo Filho or, say, a Dan Henderson...

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The "African Assassin" makes his UFC debut this December.


    Listen closely...hear that rustling in the bushes? It's not Ka-Zar, it's Sokoudjou !! If you haven't heard of the "African Assassin", just know that he came out of nowhere (he learned that technique from the lions) and knocked out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Big Nog's twin brother) and then Ricardo Arona two months later. If you haven't heard of either of those guys then...geez, man, where have you been?


    In a recent interview, Sokoudjou dropped a big hint, announcing, "I'll be back not in the ring but in the cage DEC 29th in Vegas!" Sources are now saying that he will indeed make his debut against Shotokan karate master, Lyoto Machida. Machida has some impressive victories of his own over BJ Penn, Rich Franklin and Stephan Bonnar. He is notorious for his elusiveness and incredible counter-attacks, and matched against Sokoudjou's ultra-aggressive style (not to mention Olympic level judo skills), this would be one of the most intriguing matches of the year.

    And that's it for now. Stay tuned for a preview of UFC 78 and much more. Booya!

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