Friday, January 12, 2007

He’s Back – Couture Returns to Face Sylvia at UFC 68 (

By Thomas Gerbasi

“I see something.”

That’s what former heavyweight champion Max Schmeling said shortly before facing the apparently invincible “Brown Bomber”, Joe Louis, for the first time in 1936. What he saw in the flawless knockout artist was something only another fighter would notice – Louis’ tendency to drop his left hand after jabbing, leaving him open to a right cross.

Schmeling would capitalize on this flaw and stun the boxing world, knocking out Louis in the 12th round and rejuvenating a career that most observers thought was finished.

Former UFC light heavyweight and two-time heavyweight champion Randy Couture - firmly settled in retirement – also saw something when he watched the current heavyweight king, 6 foot 8 Tim Sylvia, battle 5 foot 9 Jeff Monson last November. No, it wasn’t a technical glitch in what ‘The Maine-iac’ was doing in the Octagon that night (and if it was, he wouldn’t be telling us), but rather an attitude that made ‘The Natural’ rethink life on the sidelines and announce his return to active competition to face Sylvia at UFC 68 in Columbus, Ohio on March 3rd. Click here for rest of article


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