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Retrospective: UFC 91

by gdesanctis   November 18, 2008 at 5:42PM  |  Views: 126

After Saturday night's broadcast of UFC 91, many of you may have found yourselves feeling lost and confused, yet inexplicably happy. We saw one of the sport's most iconic heroes fall, an awkward nerd threaten to kill BJ Penn and a sociopath ram himself, head-first into the cage. It's a lot for anyone to take, I know, so sit back and let the healing begin with some soothing rhetoric from spike.com.

In somewhat reverse order, lets fist talk about the emotional rollercoaster Randy Couture took us on that night. Without even mentioning the past, say, 15 months or so, Saturday night's escapade was enough to send even the most well-adjusted fight fans into an eating binge.

In case there was any lingering doubt that Randy Couture was actually about to fight this cyborg-like creature standing inside the cage, Aerosmith's Back in the Saddle blaring over the sound system put any disbelief to rest and an elated Randy Couture came strolling out of the gates. The camera closed in on his crooked smile and you forgot for just a second that he's nearing the half-century mark and was about to face this indestructible being. For just a second, Couture couldn't lose.

Then he stood in front of the monster and it suddenly became very apparent that we might be looking at a changing of the guard. Still, though, as the fight progressed, Couture's game plan looked solid and he appeared to be besting the beast. But then with one swift blow, it all came crashing down. We sat there stunned as Lesnar played bouncy ball with Couture's head and it was all over. The champ had fallen.

We stared at this creature in the middle of the Octagon and even with our old friend befuddled in a heap, it was hard not to get excited about the future implications. Lesnar graciously takes the mic and pays his respects to the former champ, then Couture himself takes the floor and he's almost giggly. He seems happy for Lesnar and not at all upset about his own shortcoming. He's effectively given us permission to get behind the new champ. The universe was whole again and our stomachs settled as the rollercoaster slowly pulled up to the exit gates.