Posted by Mayo
Ok my friend, I think you and I will have to put a wager on Couture/CC when the time comes. I know that CC will most likely win, but a potential victory by Couture would be that much sweeter if I had bet on it. Don't you think that if Couture avoided the stand-up all together and tried to keep it on the ground the whole time then he could win? Just how good is CC on the ground?
Well can Couture take CC down? Yes, I think so without a doubt, yes CC has tight takedown defense, one of the best in the game but then again he's up against one of the best wrestlers in the game. Regardless of CC's previous performances against wrestlers and the fact his sprawl just keeps getting better and better, I don't think many will argue against Randy having the ability to take CC down on numerous occasions in the fight.
Can Randy finish the fight from this position? I doubt it, I don't see Randy submitting CC, we all know CC doesn't have the greatest ground game, but Randy's sub's are pretty sub par, however it's one of Randy's only options of finishing the fight so we might see a new gameplan for Randy when he get's it to the ground. CC's no pushover on the ground either and reminds me a little of Liddell with his capabilities of getting up to his feet when need be, he might be dominated on the ground in some aspects, but at the end of the day this is five rounds and Randy can't keep him there forever.
Can Randy not get knocked out for 5 rounds? Hopefully he won't make the same mistakes he did against Chuck and be tempted into the exchange with the better striker, he did the same against Tim and suceeded, but we saw how he lacked KO power, and let's be honest CC's striking is in an entireley different league to that of Tim's. 25 min's is a long time for Randy to hang with CC and I feel CC's takedown defense is too good to see a repeat performance of that against Sylvia.
All in all I see CC finishing the fight in the later rounds when he gets the chance, if Randy can find a way of taking CC down in the manner he did against Tim then i'm sure he could take the fight and win by decision.
Either way Randy's performance against Tim was out of this world, probably the most inspirational fight I have ever seen, i'd hate to see him go out to a LHK from CC...