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This Randy Couture Video Blog Makes You Wonder, Why Is He A Heavyweight?

Okay, we already know the answer to that question: getting KO’d by Chuck Liddell was no fun any more and any division that Tim Sylvia is at the head of has ‘easy pickings’ written all over it, which Randy Couture himself basically admitted.  That said, Couture weighs 221.8 pounds at the time of this filming and he’ll probably be around that size when he steps into the cage at UFC 102 on Saturday night.  Maybe it won’t be a deciding factor against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, but if he really does get that rematch with Brock Lesnar that he wants, it’s hard to see how showing up at least 45-50 pounds lighter than your opponent isn’t a disadvantage.

Couture has obviously done well as a heavyweight, despite being closer to 205 than 265.  But now that the Lesnars and the Carwins are moving in to MMA, is the 220-pound heavyweight a relic from a bygone era? 

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Bovice- August 26, 2009 at 12:56 pm
@Jay Smith

I am into sheep.
Nut Puncher 9000- August 26, 2009 at 10:27 am
Why not just make weigh ins the day of the fight and all this Bullshit goes away.
No more ridiculous weight advantages because someone can cut weight better than the rest (i.e: Tyson Griffin, Thiago Alves, Lesnar)

Then the UFC can propoerly identify where they need to make another weight class.

Not to mention that it would be better for the fighters' health to not have to dehydrate.
J-Dog- August 26, 2009 at 10:10 am
LOFL @ Jay Smith's comment.

I'm all for a 235 lb division. 195 would be silly. It's only the gap between LHW and HW that is so large it needs something in between.
Jay Smith- August 26, 2009 at 8:08 am
@ Bovice
By using the term "double negative" to characterize the possible "gay, homosexual" relationship with Randy Couture implies that whether the person involved with Randy is a man or a woman, it is undesireable to you. That leads me to believe you're into sheep. (Just fuckin with you)
Fedor vs. Bas- August 26, 2009 at 5:47 am
I think they just need to create a 235 division, which is exactly the middle of 205 & 265. It makes the most sense. There is starting to be a group of guys that come in right at 265 that couldnt cut to 235 and even more guys who deserve a fair fight at 235 instead of always facing guys who SHOULD destroy them coming in 30-40lbs heavier.
Bovice- August 25, 2009 at 11:50 pm
@Jay Smith

By saying "gay, homosexual relationship", you have created a double negative, which leads me to believe that you are in fact a straight woman.
ktronics- August 25, 2009 at 9:30 pm
Good to see Stephan Bonner getting back to business after a humbling loss to Mark Coleman....
Jay Smith- August 25, 2009 at 9:19 pm
For me, Randy makes approaching 40, make me want to........have a gay, homosexual relationship with a 46 year old mixed martial artist.
Smeewa- August 25, 2009 at 6:18 pm
i hope i look that good wen im 65.

i agree on having HW and Super HW divisions, but the UFC would need heaps more fighters to fill those ranks..


HW will be more full after TUF10
Jugger- August 25, 2009 at 5:53 pm
I just don't see Randy bothering with weight-cutting anymore. Not when he can win fights at HW. Dude's in his upper 40s. I'd say his weight cutting days are behind him. Not that he couldn't do it if he really wanted to, I just don't think it's worth the effort for him.
Art Gibs- August 25, 2009 at 4:34 pm
"But now that the Lesnars and the Carwins are moving in to MMA, is the 220-pound heavyweight a relic from a bygone era?"

Yes, unless your name is Anderson Silva. I want to see him destroy some heavyweights.
munche- August 25, 2009 at 4:18 pm
Look at Fedor, he's only ~230lbs. Cro Cop is around the same weight. Randy saw that the heavyweight division had a lot of holes in it as far as speed, and skill, and he moved there because he knew he'd fare better against the competition. The guys at the top of the HW division tend to be less experienced or less talented than their smaller peers.

Especially when Randy moved up, the division was a lot thinner than it's gotten lately. But he's got the skills to be a major force...he put down Gonzaga, he was doing great against Brock before getting caught, he put down Sylvia who is huge and heavy as hell....obviously the weight isn't an issue for him, and I think it gives him advantages in the speed and conditioning departments. Guys like Randy and Fedor are proof that size isn't all that matters.
philibuster- August 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm
45-50 lb advantage? Brock has said he sometimes walks around near 300, so by fight time he is probably 280ish meaning a 60lb advantage most likely.
parchy mcthirst- August 25, 2009 at 4:12 pm
if randy is a relic from a bygone era, then there is one relic that is truly superlative...fedor. he is only about 10 pounds or so more than randy, yet he demolishes his foes. it does not matter the size nor talent, fedor gets the dub...perhaps randy is just not a golden relic like the russian ice cream monster
Koeikan- August 25, 2009 at 3:56 pm
Ugh, adding more divisions = bad, in general. Look at boxing. All it does is dillute your talent pools.

Randy can make 205, you don't need to create a special weight class for him. He just chooses to fight at HW.
Jackal- August 25, 2009 at 3:54 pm
Heavyweight will for sure be thick after TUF, and while I like the current weight classes, from a sales pov I can understand adding another belt for 195 and 225 class, creating more title chases for the guys stuck at the back of the line. I'm not talking current heavy, light heavy, and middle guys but future opponents still on amateur circuits. UFC's roster will only grow so might as well make more belts to go after.

....That said, I'd like to see an open weight class, even if it's an annual event it'd be cool to see if which guys have the talent and cajones to face and beat anyone.... and it'd also be better odds of knocking brock off his retarded fuckin' horse.
Jubbie- August 25, 2009 at 3:26 pm
I feel like the only incentive to keep Randy in the heavyweight division is for the name value. I'd rather see him at 205 but the UFC would probably rather have him in the HW division which is getting better but still pretty thin.
rooster- August 25, 2009 at 3:24 pm
we always here about the possibility of a 195lb weight class, and that would really only benefit wanderlei, if a new weight class is ever going to be introduced in to the ufc, it should be a spilt down the middle of the heavyweight class, we should have a 235lb heavyweight class, and a 236-265 super heavy class
RJeezy- August 25, 2009 at 3:15 pm
randy should put on 10 lbs of fat just to see if it makes him fight more like Fedor.
lek1221- August 25, 2009 at 3:11 pm
Randy looks mighty good. Love the Muay Thai training (who is the trainer?), and the punching of the camera when exiting the cage.
Joedirt- August 25, 2009 at 3:07 pm
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