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COUTURE VICTORIOUS AT UFC 105

November 15, 2009

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture

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Randy Couture made a successful return to the light heavyweight division Saturday with a unanimous decision over Brandon Vera at UFC 105. Vera appeared stunned and near tears when the decision was announced following a slow-paced non-title main event that was held in Manchester, England. With the victory, Couture’s fighting career is still going strong at the age of 46.

The Couture decision was not without controversy. He was knocked down by Vera in the second round and although all three judges at ringside scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Couture, Michael David Smith of Fanhouse had the score 30-27 for Vera. Vera maintained that he “controlled” the fight. Others disagreed. Following the match, Vera sarcastically said, “Thanks, judges.”

In the card’s co-main event, Dan Hardy earned a title shot against Georges St. Pierre with a victory over Mike Swick. British fighter Michael Bisping was also a winner on a card that was actually televised for free on Spike TV.

UFC 105 PREVIEW

November 13, 2009

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RANDY COUTURE

Brandon Vera takes on UFC legend Randy Couture Saturday night in UFC 105 at the M.E.N. arena in Manchester, England. Other fighters on the card include Mike Swick and Great Britain’s Michael Bisping.

At age 46, Couture is dropping down to light heavyweight. He will fight Saturday at 205 pounds. Couture is coming off back-to-back UFC losses against Brock Lesnar and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira following his winning the heavyweight championship in 2007. Couture reigned as UFC heavyweight champion at the age of 45 after winning the belt with a knockout of Gabriel Gonzaga.

This is a rare evening where UFC is going head-to-head with boxing for viewers. Also, each sport (Couture for UFC and Manny Pacquiao for boxing) is featuring arguably its biggest draw in attempt to chase viewers. What UFC will NOT do this time is go head-to-head with Pacquiao for pay-per-view dollars. UFC is putting Saturday night’s event on free tv. UFC 105 starts live at 5 pm Eastern on the cable station Spike TV.

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RANDY COUTURE TAKES ON BRANDON VERA AT UFC 105 IN ENGLAND