WARNING: I’M ABOUT TO SPOIL THE RESULTS OF A UFC FIGHT. DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED! IF YOU’RE HERE FOR CRAFTY GOODNESS, COME BACK ON WEDNESDAY. (Sorry for shouting, it’s the only way some people read.)
Yesterday husband and I watched Randy Couture’s* retirement fight against Lyoto Machida in UFC 129. I regret not seeing this fight both in person (not like that was going to happen) nor when it first aired since both Couture and Machida are two of my favorite fighters. I really like Machida since he has a stronger karate background than in mixed martial arts or wrestling like most UFC fighters. And I really like Randy Couture because…he’s Randy Couture! He’s a great fighter, he’s a beast of a dude and he supports his ex wife’s Kim‘s fighting career. I’m also a fan of Georges St. Pierre who was part of the main fight but I’ll get into that in another blog post.
What made this an amazing fight was Machida’s fight ending kick. He actually did a Karate Kid style crane kick to Couture’s head and knocked him out. Who does that? Who does that and makes it look good? Who does that and is able to knock Randy Couture out? Machida pulled a Ralph Macchio and won a non-scripted real fight!
Mister Myagi is proud, as evidenced by this YouTube mash-up:
Personally, I’m stunned that it worked. I’ve never seen anyone do a crane kick that wasn’t joking around. And after watching this fight, I really do need to get back into working out and find a new martial arts school. I’ve only taken three grappling classes but maybe I’ll sign up at an MMA school. End of the day, I need to shop around.
Tonight we’ll probably watch this past weekend’s UFC 131. I’m a little disappointed that Brock Lesnarhad to back out because of his diverticulitis but that is understandable. I do think he’s a pretty good fighter, though I wouldn’t put him in my top ten, but he is a lousy coach as shown on this season’s The Ultimate Fighter. That being said, not everyone is cut out to teach or coach.
*His website is really hard to navigate and read. It also auto-plays AC/DC’s “Back in Black” so if you’re at work, turn off your speakers. Also, if you’re at work why are you reading this? Get back to work!