Tanner's lasting impact, Evans' potential impact and more
Much has happened since my last mailbag. I received a lot of reaction to the passing of
The UFC has publicly said Evans is next in line to fight Forrest. I expect a good title fight.
Washed up might be a bit harsh. Evans' right hand would've dropped anyone in the division. The problem with Liddell is he's predictable and he's a counter-fighter. That's a terrible combination. He could get away with taking a shot to the chin, stopping a takedown and slugging until he connected. But not anymore.
No, the UFC heavyweight division isn't irrelevant. And neither is Fedor -- no matter what White and
So you haven't seen
Unless you're an attorney this whole legal episode was a waste. Couture lost a year and a lot of credibility. The UFC was forced to defend itself in an ugly contractual holdout with one of its biggest stars. And fans were left hanging.
What's ironic is, instead of sitting out, Couture could have fought twice, fulfilled his contract and enjoyed the free-agent market. (Tricky, perhaps, with the "champion" clause in effect. He would have had a much easier time convincing a court to grant his free-agency if he had fulfilled the terms of his deal and challenged the clause directly.) As far as Fedor, Couture and his team say returning to the UFC offers a path of least resistance. I don't see the odds of an Emelianenko-Couture bout improving between Randy's resignation and his return. Dana White refuses to co-promote and has said Emelianenko must sign a long-term deal if he's going to fight in the UFC. Good luck.
Couture-Lesnar is one of the toughest matchups I can remember handicapping simply because of the variables. Will Couture's age finally catch up to him? Can Lesnar's battleship of a body overcome Randy's experience and will? Can Couture do to Lesnar what he failed to do against big grapplers