Randy Couture: I'd Fight Anderson Silva at Light Heavyweight
Former UFC heavyweight and 205 lb champion Randy Couture has had a busy schedule of late. In addition to promoting his upcoming movie (The Expendables), Couture has been training for an important showdown with boxing legend James Toney at UFC 118 .
Even at 47 years of age, the competitive juices are still flowing through his superhuman veins. MMA’s “Captain America” recently discussed the possibility of meeting 185-pound king Anderson Silva in a light heavyweight tango.
“I’m definitely interested at fighting at 205. I think Anderson [Silva] would be a great fight. I’m not sure what his perspective has been the last couple of times, though,” Couture told SB Nation . “I think he’s a fantastic fighter, and if that’s someone they want me to compete against I’d be all over that.”
Although Silva has won all 11 of his Octagon bouts, his last three title defenses have left a lot to be desired. It all started at UFC 90 when “The Spider” allowed a severely under-matched game, yet Patrick Cote extended him into the third Round before the Canadian blew out his knee. His last two outings have resulted in unexciting unanimous decision wins over Thales Leites and Demian Maia, respectively.
“I think since the Cote fight he’s taken on a different style and hasn’t been as explosive, not trying to finish fights early on,” Couture continued.
The Hall of Famer believes Chael Sonnen’s in your face concept is perfectly suited for his UFC 117 showdown with Silva, which is something that Couture has mastered throughout his career.
“I think the style Chael Sonnen brings to this fight on [August] 7th will give Anderson trouble. He’s not going to try to stand with him, he’ll cut right to the chase and try to get his hands on him,” Couture expressed. “If he can do that without getting caught with something on the way in, he can make it a rough night for Anderson. It should be interesting.”
Speaking of an intriguing match-up where one fighter will look to take his opponent to the canvas, Couture’s planning on violently rolling out the MMA welcome wagon when he meets Toney inside the TD Garden in Boston.
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