This fight was supposed to occur at UFC 15 on 10/17/97, however for various reasons, it never eventuated.
Randy "The Natural" Couture VS Mark "The Hammer"
Who would win this fight then and now?
I say Couture THEN, and Coleman NOW!!!
Before you mock this post, a little tidbit of ratiocination for you to catechize my filthy friends...
Mark Coleman is one of the few people in the world who can take Randy down and hold him there. This forces Randy to use his guard, which as we have all seen, isn't that great. Especially when it comes to someone 20 or more lbs heavier pounding down on Randy's arms/eyeball.
Back in 97 little was known about the sport, and with Couture's explosive style (back then) and Coleman on the downslide, Couture would have taken it, most likely with an ugly RNC when Coleman gassed.
Right now is a different story entirely chaps...Mark has since won the Pride HW GP which is the clearly Olympics of MMA featuring the top talent at Heavyweight. Couture has moved down in weight after being thoroughly dominated by two unexceptional Heavyweights.
Were they to see this fight in Pride now...I believe we would see Mark Coleman take down Couture with relative ease and after a few minutes of Randy looking very uncomfortable out of his element, The Hammer would most likely finish with knees from north/south or sidemount.
Flame away old chaps!
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