Couture Vs. Nogueira: The Perfect Time to Retire

Stephen FranceschelliContributor IAugust 14, 2009

LOS ANGELES - APRIL 7:  Wrestler Randy Couture arrives at a special screening of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Redbelt' at the Egyptian Theatre on April 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

An appealing card with decisive fights such as newcomer Chris Tuchscherer (17-1) against UFC veteran Gabriel Gonzaga, and possible contenders Demian Maia and

Nate Marquardt set for UFC 102 on August 29th, the event is sure to get a lot of attention. 


The most interesting fight on the card, however, is the main event.


With "Minotauro" coming off a loss to Frank Mir, his first time ever being TKOd, and Randy Couture being decimated by Brock Lesnar, both men will clearly be entering the ring with something to prove.


Both future hall of fame inductees, Nogueira (33) and Couture (46) have both put their bodies through an exorbitant amount of physical stress during their lengthy careers as mixed martial artists. 


As these legends enter the ring on August 29th it begs asking the question: What does the future hold for the two men?




To put this more into perspective let's take a look at the landscape of the HW division of the UFC and see where both men fit in.


Randy, who walks around at 225 should really be fighting in the LHW division.  He, however, would most likely be unable to make the cut to 205 and still be in viable fight shape. 


With the size of the current heavyweight contenders, and the current heavyweight champion, does Randy really have a shot at being the champion again? 


Despite the fact that he is undoubtedly a far superior mixed martial artist when compared to Brock Lesnar, his sheer size is what limits him: On fight night Lesnar has at least a good 55 lbs on Couture, if not more.


Nogueira on the other hand simply doesn't have the physical prowess that is required to be at the top of the UFC's heavyweight division anymore.  We all know he has made his name by being virtually indestructible and pulling out a decision in the end, but let’s be honest, that isn't going to happen against the UFC's current cream of the crop. 


His recent TKO suffered at the hands of Frank Mir is a clear indicator that Minotauro simply isn't at the level he used to be.


The point here isn't to take anything away from either man.  Both are great fighters and will forever be remembered in the history of MMA


This fight is simply the perfect opportunity for two legends to face off and both retire with their reputations, and bodies, intact (for the most part at least).