Randy Couture: Toney’s Help Towards Victory
Now, we can conclude that those who don't speak are those who knew better.
UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture (19-10 MMA, 16-7 UFC) has long been recognized as one of the “legend” fighters in MMA octagon. Most observers expected Couture MMA at the approach of his fight with James Toney 118 (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on Saturday night in Boston just as he did – by boxer made on the back and ending the fight quickly.
“The first thing I noticed when I got into the cage and kind of settled in was he was wearing those things on his feet,” said Couture, referencing what he said looked like “slippers.” “That’s exactly why you don’t see a lot of guys shoot that shot – because it’s pretty easy to counter. You shoot from a longer distance away. You have to get pretty low. A good grappler or a good wrestler is going to step out of that. You’re catching his heel, and hopefully you get some pressure on his knee and force him to his butt. I didn’t think James would have a counter or an answer to that. You don’t see that shot very often in MMA simply because good grapplers counter it pretty easily.”
Just then he saw his opponent and smiled. Things are going his way.
“A huge thing when you’re shooting a low single is you’re used to doing it against wrestlers, and we’re wearing shoes,” Couture said. “It’s something to grip. When he had those things on his feet, I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be better. I have something I can grip. If it gets dicey or he tries to step out of it, I’ve got something I can hang onto other than his sweaty foot.”
With Couture’s beautiful techniques, Dana White stood impressed. “I thought it was the best take down I’ve ever seen in my life,” White joked. “Big fan of the low single.”
Couture said he never had any delusions of beating the boxer at his own game, and the low single provided the exact method he needed to get the fight in his domain while lowering the risk of catching a counter on the way in.
Couture even heard Toney’s camp heading advice but the latter wasn’t good in executing tips. “I didn’t feel like he demonstrated any real solid skills once he hit his butt,” Couture said. “He didn’t close his guard. He didn’t protect himself well. I was able to maneuver and get to mount pretty easily. From mount, I knew he had no idea. You could hear his corner yelling at him, ‘Trap his arm and roll.’ I could hear what they were trying to get him to do. I think he was more interested in trying to punch me in the head.”
The Legend explained the logic of his game, “I kind of wanted James to have the complete mixed-martial-arts experience,” Couture said.
The victory landed on Couture’s waiting arms, and Toney was quite dumbfounded. All he has to say according to Couture was:
“He just said, ‘good job,’ and that’s it,” Couture said. “At least I think that’s what he said.”View Article Source »