Now, I didn't give Randy Couture a bleeding shot in the dark to take Tim Sylvia. The age difference was Shamrock-esque, the height, weight, and reach was heavily stacked in Sylvia's favor, plus Couture hadn't had a solid fight since Liddell/Couture III, and he got knocked out. Captain America did it again, to my amazement, dominating every round of that fight with the finesse of a 30 year old fighter. Then the follow up fight with Gabriel Gonzaga was a cakewalk for Couture, easily dispatching the presumably number one contender. With Fedor Emelianenko fighting Tim Sylvia in the Affliction card in July, I was psyched to see the Russian premier fighter finally set foot in the ring again. As always, Fedor didn't disappoint. A quick fifteen second 'feeling out' session ended with a sharp left through Sylvia's guard followed by an onslaught of aggressive strikes in which an uppercut connected clean, sending the former UFC champion to the ground. Fedor then mounted Sylvia from behind and pummeled him with shots to the ears and hammer fists as he squirmed about. The following rear naked choke was almost the exact same position Couture had him in in the first round of their fight. Fedor's fight ended in thirty six seconds, it took Couture twenty five minutes. In addition, Couture couldn't even finish Sylvia. Now, I don't know what other opinions are, but any forty-four year old man that gets into the ring with Fedor, right now, will lose. Even if that person is Randy Couture, one of the best heavyweights of all time, I don't think that there's much of a chance. Like I said, I counted him out once and was wrong, but this time he truly is fighting the best pound for pound fighter in the world. I will be waiting in anticipation for a date to be set for this heavyweight showdown.
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