UFC 74 Randy Couture Vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

UFC 74 “RESPECT” is yetanother incredible lineup with the heavyweight Championship on the line and two of the greatest all-time fighte

rs alive.First off, the Championship Main Event will be headlined with the two highly respected heavyweights, Randy “The Natural” Couture taking on Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga. Next, Georges “Rush” St-Pierre will look to redeem himself against one of his toughest opponents yet, Josh “Kos” Koscheck.

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Randy is a world class wrestler with an excellent clinch who likes to stand up to his opponents and pound away. Napao is a large strapping individual he’s 6’1″, 242lb while Randy is 6’2″220lb. Randy can handle heavy fighters, as he’s proven against Silva who was 255lb when they fought. Napao is a striker and submission specialist, he’s got the power to drop you in aheart beat. Couture is the fans favorite in this one, when hebeat Silva it was not only a victory for him but for his fanstoo. Unfortunately Randy is currently the underdog in thisfight. I like the odds on Randy “The Natural” Couture.

Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga is strong as an ox! He is a very dangerous ground fighter and kick boxer, he will knock anyonesenseless. Gonzaga delivered Mirko Cro Cop his first loss duringUFC 70. He knocked him out with one high kick to the head in thefirst round!

Gabriel Gonzaga has an 8-1-0 MMA record. He is 4-0 in theOctagon over the past 2 years. Gonzaga is 28 years old; weighs242 lbs. and stands at 6’1″. He is fighting out of Ludlow,Massachusetts.

Renato “Babalu” Sobral will meet David Heath (7-1) in a lightheavyweight showdown at UFC 74: “Respect” on August 25.

Heath is coming off his first career loss, dropping a unanimousdecision to the often frustrating Ryoto Machida at UFC 70 inApril. Prior to that bout, Heath was on a two-fight UFC winstreak, besting Victor Valimaki at UFC Fight Night 7(split-decision) and Corey Walmsley at UFC 62 (submission).

Babalu is also in search of redemption, looking to put an end toa two-fight losing streak. Before the skid, which includedconsecutive losses to Chuck Liddell and Jason Lambert, theBrazlian grappler was on a ridiculous 10-fight, three-year winstreak.

He was once at the top of the 205-pound division, and now hefinds himself in a must-win situation against a hungry andtalented Heath.


Preliminary Card Fights:

Clay Guida b. Marcus Aurelio

Clay Guida won via split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29).

Thales Leites b. Ryan Jensen

Thales Leites won via submission (arm bar) at 3:47 of Round One.

Frank Mir b. Antoni Hardonk

Frank Mir won via submission (kimura) at 1:17 of Round One.

Renato Sobral b. David Heath

Renato “Babalu” Sobral won via submission (anaconda choke) at 3:30 of Round Two.

Main Card Fights:

Patrick Cote b. Kendall Grove

Patrick Cote won via KO (strikes) at 4:45 of Round One.

Joe Stevenson b. Kurt Pellegrino

Joe Stevenson won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Roger Huerta b. Alberto Crane

Roger Huerta won via TKO (strikes) at 1:50 of Round Three.

Georges St. Pierre b. Josh Koscheck

Georges St. Pierre won via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

Randy Couture b. Gabriel Gonzaga

Randy Couture won via TKO (strikes) at 1:37 of Round Three. He retained his UFC Heavyweight Championship.

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