Randy Couture vs Tim Sylvia Straight From the Crystal Ball

March 3rd, 2007 is the day that Randy “The Organic” Couture faces Tim “The Main-iac” Sylvia at UFC 68 in Columbus Ohio. That is the day that Randy Couture wishes to make Combined Martial Arts background. Randy Couture is no stranger to the UFC heavyweight division. He won the heavyweight title on two independent instances. But, that was in 1997 and 2001. In fact, his past two outings in the heavyweight division, each in 2002, finished terribly for Randy. His conclusion at the time is that the fighters had been much too huge for him. My summary was “now the significant guys can fight”. Randy was as soon as ready to out talent substantially bigger opponents, but as the ability discrepancies lessened, his results did also.

Not to be kept down, Randy Couture came back again, reinventing himself as a light heavyweight fighter. After again, Randy was dominant. He was now an extremely strong and skilled light heavyweight and appeared to be in his factor. With dominant victories over Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz and Vitor Belfort Randy seemed unstoppable. That is until eventually his to start with and 2nd rematches towards Chuck Liddell. In individuals outings, it was Chuck’s remarkable hanging, not his sizing which introduced Randy down.

The dilemma on March 3rd will be this. Is Tim Sylvia also huge and much too powerful for Randy Couture? Randy will be 43 decades previous and if he arrives into this fight in fantastic form he’ll probably be close to 215 pounds. In distinction, Tim Silvia will be 30 decades outdated and will want to lower some weight to suit into the UFC’s heavyweight restrict of 265 kilos.

Tim Sylvia is mainly a striker, he employs his big arrive at gain (Tim is 6’8″ tall) nicely. He stays to the outside and picks opponents apart with his jab and waits for just one to occur into his selection, then throws a large proper. Tim also has an exceptional sprawl and his serious top helps make it difficult for even pretty very good wrestlers, Jeff Monson incorporated, to turn him around. In his most modern battle with Jeff Monson, Tim even confirmed some decent floor get the job done in practically distributing Monson.

When the cage closes and the battle commences, we can hope the standard from Tim Sylvia. He will continue to be perfectly on the outside, expecting Randy to shoot and prepared to protect against it. Randy is an exceptional wrestler with in close proximity to Olympic qualifications. We can anticipate Randy Couture to throw some long punches, attempting to get within Tim’s assortment (with no getting hit) to just take him down.

About 1 minute into the combat Randy will try his initial shot, he will throw a two punch combination to confuse Sylvia, then get his underhooks in spot. Randy will have to have to be informed of Tim’s knees from this position as his measurement drawback will go away his head in just the proper area for a devastating knee strike. If all the stars are aligned effectively, Randy will get his consider down, but it truly is much too early in the combat for Randy to end Tim. Tim is just far too robust to be submitted, ground and pounded, or retained down for long early in the first spherical. Tim will either get back again up or be stood up by the ref.

Here’s exactly where my crystal ball receives a minimal fuzzy. Randy will now have some confidence that he can retain Silvia down and Silvia will have some self esteem that he can get up if Randy does place him down. Search for Silvia to occur ahead a minimal extra with strikes, even making an attempt a head kick. Head kicks are good, but Randy Couture is not Tra Telligman and higher kicks on Randy Couture might finish in catastrophe for Tim Silvia. I consider Randy will grab a leg on just one of these makes an attempt and consider Tim down again, this time it will be worse for Sylvia.

As the combat wears on, Tim’s lack of cardio will start out to exhibit and Randy will grow to be more and a lot more dominant.

In the last evaluation, I really don’t imagine Tim’s punches will be coming at Randy as rapid or as really hard as Chuck Liddell’s. I also don’t believe that that Tim’s acquire down defense is as good as Chuck’s. I will forecast that Randy Couture will earn this fight either late in the initially or in the second spherical by ref’s stoppage or submission.

Women and gentlemen, the new earth heavyweight winner, Randy “The Organic” Couture.

Nicole Thomas

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