After the success of last week's Creature vs. Creature comparisoin between Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Jake Shields, Robert Gardner and I decided to hook'em up again and go head-to-head on the UFC 105 main event.
Tomorrow afternoon in Manchester, Randy "The Natural" Couture will step into the cage and look over at Brandon "The Truth" Vera. Across the cage will be a younger, stronger, faster fighter who, by all intents and purposes, should have the skills necessary to put away the 46-year-old Couture.
That is precisely why Couture will come away with the victory.
While some look at his 16-10 record and see a mediocre track record, 15 of those 26 fights have been for UFC gold of one type or another. Up until his fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102, Couture hadn't fought in the UFC without a title on the line since he first stopped Vitor Belfort at UFC 15...in 1997.
Conversely, Brandon Vera has fought for exactly zero UFC championships and has less professional fights than Couture has title matches under his collection of championship belts.
Besides holding a distinct experience advantage, Couture has earned his legendary status in the sport by constantly beating opponents he has no business beating.
He's always the older, slower, less athletic guy or some combination of the three, yet at the end of the final round, Couture has had his hand raised in victory in upset fashion over the likes of Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort, Pedro Rizzo, and Tim Sylvia.
Now we're supposed to believe that Brandon Vera is going to come in and run him over?
The same Brandon Vera who was picked apart by Keith Jardine just over a year ago?
The same Brandon Vera whose last big win came three years ago over a much different version of Mir than the one we see now?
While there is no question that Vera has all the skills to come through and send Couture home from England on a three-fight losing streak, time and again Couture has proven that the times when most people are counting him out are the times when he is most dangerous.
Not a lot of people are picking Couture on Saturday in England.
You can take "The Truth" all you want. I'm taking the old guy with a championship pedigree and a history of winning fights like this.
Mr. Gardner's take on Brandon Vera's chances can be found here.