First of all you won’t see a Couture/Jones match. If Dana White has proven one thing it’s that he knows which matches make money. Why would he risk putting Couture against Jones before a Couture title fight?
He wouldn’t, he knows any given day Couture is just not going to be able to perform as he once did, that day may already be here we don’t know. But, we do know if Couture gets by Coleman he can cash in on Coutures popularity one more time by giving him a title shot vs Machida.
Well, I don’t know about that. He put Couture/Coleman as a main event. Do you really think that’s a high drawing main event?[/quote]
You have to think like Dana White (scary). White makes matches where the probable outcome is favorable to him. You follow? What’s the probable outcome of Couture/Coleman? Couture wins right? Why does he want this? He wants this so he can have a Couture vs Machida fight which will be a huge draw.
What other LH fighter gives Couture such an opportunity other than Coleman? Sort of like putting Bisping against Silva at 185. He obviously thinks Bisping can win because he wants all of the English PPV dollars flowing in. Do you think he’d put Bisping in a fight that he thought he’d lose at this point? He already took a huge chance in the Henderson fight didn’t he?
Okay, maybe I’m off, but I don’t think so. The UFC is a huge machine that runs on cash and Dana knows how to fill the tanks.
I think you make a valid point, however don’t underestimate Couture’s ability to cut the ring off and corner the faster Machida. If he can’t do that he gets destroyed, if he is able to do that he will take Machida down and give him the beating of his life. But we are getting ahead of ourselves aren’t we?
I honestly think that taking Machida down would still be challenging for Randy. Sure, he might get him down eventually, but Machida has great hips and is very slippery. The more times that Randy had to chase him down to clinch up with him, the less likely his chances of winning IMO.
But yeah, we are kinda getting ahead of ourselves.[/quote]
I don’t disagree with you Machida would be a difficult fight for almost anyone. Keep in mind however that when on the ground with Tito he came with in seconds of getting tapped out from a triangle and was saved by the bell. Also he looked less than impressive vs Shogun. Couture has a chance to beat him, but I agree the odds are against it.