Welcome to Randy Couture Week

Rami Genauer

by Rami Genauer

Randy Couture Week is an intense look at an MMA legend on the brink of a big fight.

MMA is a "what have you done for me lately" kind of sport and, unfortunately, Randy Couture hasn't done anything in a while. It's been more than a year since his last fight, and a lot has happened in the interim. But leave it to Randy to come back in a big way.

In his bout Saturday night, he faces the biggest of the big in the mammoth Brock Lesnar, former superstar of the WWE. Win or lose, it's another example of how Randy has made a career of taking only the biggest and hardest fights.

For those who didn't catch our week-long dedication to Fedor Emelianenko, this series of articles should serve as a primer for the fight from one fighter's point-of-view and on Couture's career as well as answer why, at the ripe old age of 45, he is still considered among the best fighters on the planet.

But this is no biography. We'll leave the retelling of Randy's personal life and embroilment in fight politics to others. We'll concentrate only on the time Randy has spent in the Octagon. And, for the first time, FightMetric statistics from every fight in his career will shed light on the areas of Randy's game that have been most impressive, providing historical context and benchmarks against his fighting peers.

Come back every day this week for the next installments in the series:

Tuesday: 1997-2000: The Birth of "The Natural"
Wednesday: 2000-2002: Titles Won, Titles Lost
Thursday: 2003-2004: Reborn at 205
Friday: 2005-Present: Comings and Goings

Welcome to Randy Couture Week originally appeared on MMA FanHouse on Mon, 10 Nov 2008 15:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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