Randy Couture is overrated and fights I want to see
A quick news item earlier this week talked about the future possibility of Affliction putting together a Randy Couture-Fedor Emelianenko fight, claiming it’s the biggest fight in the sport right now and that it’s the one everyone wants to see. I will agree to the latter part but that’s simply because neither one has done anything overly impressive in quite some time. In fact, Randy Couture might be one of the most overrated fighters in the sport right now.
I know there are a lot of Couture supporters who will bash me for saying this but I’m not buying into all of his hype. I don’t want to take anything away from his comeback and his tremendous upset win over Tim Sylvia to regain the title but does that really make him one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world?
It was a great upset because Couture is a Hall of Famer, people hate Sylvia and Couture is also pretty old at 45 (in terms of his fighting prime). It’s not like Sylvia is one of the top fighters in the game. He’s fairly straightforward as a fighter and Couture matched up well with him. That single win is what threw Couture back into the limelight and has spurred the Fedor-Couture talk for more than a year now.
At least most of the intelligent rankings out there have dropped Couture from the top 10 but many fans still consider him among the top 5-7 pound-for-pound fighters in the world. The Fedor-Couture fight would’ve been big when the hype was at its peak but I don’t think it would’ve been much of a fight, and it can’t be the fight most people want to see right now.
Off the top of my head, I can think of a half-dozen fights that would be more interesting to see. I’d like to see Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre (maybe at a catch weight or 185), St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn, Anderson Silva vs. Chuck Liddell (a fight I think will happen by the end of 2009), Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Fedor vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria, and the Wanderlei Silva v. Liddell rematch.