Saturday, September 06, 2008

Premonition, by Jamie Pandaram - The Sydney Morning Herald - 6th September 2008

The ultimate fighting heavyweight championship bout between Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar in November will break pay-per-view subscription records for the, ahem, sport. While Lesnar is a relative newcomer to mixed martial arts (MMA) and boasts an unimpressive 2-1 record - hardly worthy of shot at the title - UFC organisers have wasted no time making him the contender. This is because Lesnar made his name in World Wrestling Entertainment, the scripted pro wrestling saga that dominates pay-per-view subscription figures. Lesnar was not only a three-time WWE champion but one of the show's most impressive athletes before he quit in 2004 to pursue an NFL career. Lesnar has been given a crack at the championship when others may have been more deserving - dollars make sense. Couture (16-8) is the only fighter in history to win the UFC world heavyweight title three times. "There is one goal that I've had since I started training in MMA and that is to capture the title," said Lesnar, who possibly has the biggest trapezius muscles of any human alive.

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