by Rami Genauer
Randy Couture Week is an intense look at an MMA legend on the brink of a big fight at this weekend's UFC 91 in Las Vegas.
Randy was facing an uncertain future. He had lost his last two fights and both opponents had seemingly exposed a glaring weakness in his game. Randy did great against equally-sized opponents or larger ones without proficient ground games, but his style was not adequate against the big men who could go to the floor. Since there were not as many ground-ignorant heavyweights as there used to be, it was time for Randy to pick on people his own size.
A cut to 205 pounds was not as drastic as it seems. Randy generally weighed in around 225 pounds when fighting at heavyweight. But big light-heavyweights like Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell walked around at about 220 and managed to make weight at 205 every time. And as a wrestler, Randy had plenty of experience with weight-cutting; he just hadn't had to in a while. Feeling that he still had plenty of good fights left in his 40-year-old body, Randy set out to become the first fighter to ever win a belt in two weight classes.
Randy Couture Week, Day 3 (2003-2004): Reborn at 205 originally appeared on MMA FanHouse on Thu, 13 Nov 2008 15:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.