In the eyes of countless fans, the legend of Randy Couture truly started with his win over Chuck Liddell more than a decade ago. Couture had suffered defeats at heavyweight in back-to-back bouts and decided to step up at 205 pounds to face “The Iceman” for the interim belt after linear champion Tito Ortiz opted to hold out for contractual reasons (or based on his fear of Liddell depending on who you ask). Amazingly, Couture was able to beat Liddell while standing by closing distance and avoiding his fellow icon’s power-punches. “The Natural” eventually got Liddell to the mat and, to the surprise of nearly everyone in attendance, proceeded to pound his foe out to pick up the gold.
Saturday night’s spectacular showdown between UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and talented contender Alexander Gustafsson will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest championship clashes in the organization’s history. Action saw each man on top at certain points in the pairing, while bout also had to battle through some serious adversity in order to go the full five rounds. Their UFC 165 fight won’t be forgotten for a long time, adding to the list of title-tilts leaving fans in awe based on the effort put forth in the Octagon. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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