In anticipation of tonight’s Brock Lesnar vs Randy Couture fight, Sam Caplan has a list of some of the other biggest fights in UFC history. My personal favorite:
March 3, 2007, Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia at UFC 68: The thing I remember about this fight was that people were so excited to see it that the MMA school I was training at decided to bring in a big projector and sound system so everyone could watch it together. And when I say everyone, I’m not kidding — just about everyone from the school came out and watched. During the undercard there was a lot of reaction to the fights (especially Jason Lambert’s surprise KO over Renato “Babalu” Sobral), but once the main event came on, it was so silent you might have thought you were at a PRIDE show in Japan. Much like the Hughes vs. Gracie fight, a lot of people were compelled to get behind this one because there was a feeling that you were going to see something historic.
The truth about this fight is that if you strip away the context it probably wasn’t all that exciting. Randy played a smart game and forced his way to a decision. But with context in, you couldn’t ask for a more amazing fight. That’s the thing about seeing Randy Couture beat the odds yet again to defeat another guy no one gave him a chance to beat. It’s downright fucking magical. That’s the reason why I’m looking forward to tonight.