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Five ways Brock Lesnar vs Randy Couture could suck

Everybody is hyped to all hell for tonight’s Brock Lesnar vs Randy Couture fight … I think we’re all expecting some pretty epic shit to go down at UFC 91. Regardless of which fighter wins, the real winner here is the UFC. Unless of course something bad happens to cock up the fight. Here’s five ways tonight’s fight might end up sucking ass.

Stoppage due to illegal blows
We all know that Brock Lesnar tends to get a bit excitable … his first UFC fight included a controversial restart over shots to the back of the head. If someone breaks the rules and the fight gets stopped because of it, that will suck pretty hardcore.

Don’t think it can happen? Remember:

  • Frank Shamrock vs Renzo Gracie (Shamrock loses over illegal knees to the neck)
  • JZ Calvancante vs Shinya Aoki (Fight declared no contest due to JZ’s illegal elbows to Aoki’s neck)
  • Alistair Overeem vs Mirko Crocop (Fight declared no contest after Overeem delivered several shots to Crocop’s balls)

Stoppage due to injury

Yeah, I know injuring your opponent is supposed to be the point of mixed martial arts, but there are a lot of injuries that can occur which will totally suck the awesome out of this fight.

Don’t think it can happen? Remember:

  • Anderson Silva vs Patrick Cote (Cote blew his knee out in the third)
  • Vitor Belfort vs Randy Couture (Defective glove cut Randy’s eyelid open)
  • Mark Coleman vs Mauricio Rua (Rua’s arm breaks backwards defending a takedown)

Premature ref stoppage
Justified or not, there’s nothing worse than the perception that a fight was stopped too soon by the referee. One hopes that the ref is going to do his best to keep his wits about him, but this is a huge fight and he might decide to pull the plug on Randy’s night if the Natural gets into a hairy situation.

Don’t think it can happen? Remember:

  • Tito Ortiz vs Ken Shamrock 2
  • Kimbo Slice vs James Thompson
  • Fabricio Werdum vs Brandon Vera

Boring ass fight

The worst thing that can happen here is a fight where nothing at all happens. The world is watching, and the UFC needs a relatively exciting fight to prove that the sport lives up to the hype.

Don’t think it can happen? Remember:

  • Ken Shamrock vs Royce Gracie 2 (declared a draw after 36 minutes of nothing)
  • Paulo Filho vs Chael Sonnen (had the crowd chanting ‘bullshit’ for an entire round)
  • Nate Quarry vs Kalib Starnes (Starnes refused to engage and backpedalled for the entire fight)

Last second pull-out
In the fight game, anything can happen and often does. This applies to shit that can happen on the day of an event. Before you pray that the above scenarios don’t play out, pray that the two fighters actually manage to get into the cage.

Don’t think it can happen? Remember:

  • Kimbo Slice vs Ken Shamrock (Shamrock pulls out hours before the event with a cut eye)
  • Karo Parisyan vs Yoshiyuki Yoshida (Back issues or an anxiety attack)
  • Joe Riggs vs Hiromitsu Miura (Riggs pulled out with sudden numbness in his back and leg)