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UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture knows a thing or two about surprise title shots. Back in 2007, Couture created a stir when he announced his intention to climb out of a year-long retirement, move up a weight class, and challenge two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia.

 

Despite being tabbed by Vegas oddsmakers as more than a 2-to-1 underdog, the 43-year-old Couture went on to dismantle Sylvia over five rounds to claim his fifth and final title in one of the most legendary moments in UFC history. So it makes sense that Couture, now a Hollywood star at the age of 49, wasn't phased by news that Alistair Overeem or, in particular, Chael Sonnen would be gifted surprise UFC title shots upon their arrival to their respective divisions.

 

"I'm not terribly surprised on either front really," Couture explained on Spike TV's MMA Uncensored Live. "I think at the end of the day it's a business decision. This is a business, and Chael Sonnen is going to bring it and hype up any single fight he's in. I think Jon Jones, in denying him on the short-notice eight-day fight, made it inevitable they were going to have to fight at some point. I think I would've taken eight-days training camp rather than a full training camp, but I'm not Jon Jones."

 

Sonnen's selection especially has drawn widespread criticism from fans and fighters who feel he unfairly jumped to the front of the pack on the strength of his promotion skills. "The American Gangster" is listed as high as a 4-to-1 underdog on numerous sportsbooks, however Couture, who long trained alongside Sonnen at Team Quest, believes people are gravely overlooking his chances.

 

"Chael has a great opportunity to win this fight actually," Couture said. "Technically I see a similar style fight as Anderson Silva. If he wades through him and makes Jon Jones wrestle him the entire fight, I think he can win that.

 

"He can do it, but he needs that gameplan. He needs to make it a wrestling match, start to finish."

 

As for Overeem, who is currently serving the tail-end of a nine-month layoff after testing positive for increased testosterone to epitestosterone levels, Couture believes the Dutchman's r?sum? speaks for itself.

 

"Well, I think that's where he was at competitively," explained Couture. "He beat Brock [Lesnar] and he was right there. He deserves the shot at the title. Yeah, the drug suspension sucks. It sucks for the sport, it sucks for him. I think, again, the whole division has kind of been in limbo since he went out. Everybody wanted to see that fight. I'm not surprised that he's still going to get the nod now that the suspension is over."

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I can't really argue with Randy on this but..., seriously? It seems like everybody has forgotten that Bones was a national champion Wrestler. Plus he's way bigger and stronger than Fail has ever been, even with TRT, so I don't even see him even winning a Wrestling match against Bones. Let's just say that Fail can get inside of Bones's reach to clinch and Wrestle. Then what? Fail either gets thrown or sprawled on and driven face first into the floor while taking elbows to the ribs. There is no chance of Fail winning this fight because there is only a very slim chance of him winning the Wrestling aspect of this fight. Fail gets choked out in the 2nd. And that's only if he doesn't tap to strikes while being pounded on for the 95% of the fight prior to him being choked to death.

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I can't really argue with Randy on this but...' date=' seriously? It seems like everybody has forgotten that Bones was a national champion Wrestler. Plus he's way bigger and stronger than Fail has ever been, even with TRT, so I don't even see him even winning a Wrestling match against Bones. Let's just say that Fail can get inside of Bones's reach to clinch and Wrestle. Then what? Fail either gets thrown or sprawled on and driven face first into the floor while taking elbows to the ribs. There is no chance of Fail winning this fight because there is only a very slim chance of him winning the Wrestling aspect of this fight. Fail gets choked out in the 2nd. And that's only if he doesn't tap to strikes while being pounded on for the 95% of the fight prior to him being choked to death.[/quote']

 

 

 

dude i think munkies account got hacked. theres no way he could construct that whole paragraph without dropping f bombs.

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I can't really argue with Randy on this but...' date=' seriously? It seems like everybody has forgotten that Bones was a national champion Wrestler. Plus he's way bigger and stronger than Fail has ever been, even with TRT, so I don't even see him even winning a Wrestling match against Bones. Let's just say that Fail can get inside of Bones's reach to clinch and Wrestle. Then what? Fail either gets thrown or sprawled on and driven face first into the floor while taking elbows to the ribs. There is no chance of Fail winning this fight because there is only a very slim chance of him winning the Wrestling aspect of this fight. Fail gets choked out in the 2nd. And that's only if he doesn't tap to strikes while being pounded on for the 95% of the fight prior to him being choked to death.[/quote']

 

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Jon Jones was a Junior College national champion. That's not really an accomplishment, considering we have Olympic level wrestlers in MMA.

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Jon Jones was a Junior College national champion. That's not really an accomplishment' date=' considering we have Olympic level wrestlers in MMA.[/quote']

 

Yet those Olympic wrestlers have been taken down, Jones hasn't...

 

I'm a big Couture fan, but he's got this one wrong, very wrong...

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They come from different wrestling backgrounds. I really don't know why people always bring that up. Jones is a good Greco-Wrestler, performs almost all of his takedowns from the clinch. Chael is a freestyle wrestler, able to adapt, more experienced. He may very well get Jones on his back. A place he's never been and likely to be very uncomfortable with.

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Chael will be well undersized could see this as a big problem for him, but with that being said like people have stated; Chael freestyle wrestler imo can potentially be the better MMA keyword MMA wrestlers, Chael participated in Div.1 wrestling (competition is significantly better). I would like to see how Jones would react on his back never been seen yet. I still am giving this fight to Jones.

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They come from different wrestling backgrounds. I really don't know why people always bring that up. Jones is a good Greco-Wrestler' date=' performs almost all of his takedowns from the clinch. Chael is a freestyle wrestler, able to adapt, more experienced. He may very well get Jones on his back. A place he's never been and likely to be very uncomfortable with.[/quote']

 

 

I know this is an extremly old thread, but I just have to post this.

 

Chael Sonnen's accomplishments in Greco-Roman

University National Greco-Roman Championships

187.25 1b -3rd place out of University of Oregon (1997)[68]

187.25 lb -2nd place out of University of Oregon (1998)[69]

187.25 lb -1st place out of University of Oregon (1999)[70]

187.25 lb -1st place out of University of Oregon (2000)[71]

 

Awarded "Most Outstanding Wrestler" of 2000 tournament

 

World University Greco-Roman Championships

187.25 lb ? 2nd place (2000)[72]

Senior National Greco-Roman Championships

187.25 lb -4th place (2000)[73]

185 lb -4th place (2002)[74]

2000 US Greco-Roman Olympic Team Trials

187.25 lb West Regional Champion [75]

187.25 lb -3rd place [76]

US Greco-Roman World Team Trials

211.75 lb -4th place (2002) [77]

Dave Schultz Memorial International Greco-Roman

187.25 lbs -1st place (2000)[78]

213.75 lbs -1st place (2001)[79][80]

 

Jon Jones' Accomplishments in Greco

 

USA Wrestling

 

Northeast Junior Greco-Roman Regional Championship (2004)[87]

 

 

 

Jones is out of his league. And will be on his back faster than a prostitute with a mortgage.

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Please speaking nonsense. Shad sat on the outside and got picked apart and the only other wrestler I can think of is Matyushenko and he is ancient.

 

you could list vlads accomplishments much more than bones and it didnt matter. college accomplishments dont mean anything in the octagon. Look at GSP's collegiate accomplishments.....and look at his mma wrestling. two different things. bones and gsp are by far the most effective grapplers in ufc history. and list andersons wrestling accomplishments and howd chael fail against him lol.

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