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UFC Breakthrough: Randy Couture vs Tim Sylvia fight video retrospective

Relive perhaps the greatest fight of the legendary career of "The Natural" Randy Couture before he heads into his April 30 showdown against Lyoto Machida at UFC 129 in Toronto.

"Every time I get in there, everybody's doubting me and thinking I'm crazy for still competing at this level and this age.

"Tim's such a big guy and such a long, rangy, very very wily fighter. We knew we were going to have to use a lot of both foot motion and head motion to keep from getting hit. He's not a guy you want to trade with at 280-pounds. He hits you, you're going to feel it. Felt like I had a gameplan that would work against him and we went out and let it rip.

"To my surprise, I hit him with that right hand and he fell like a big tree. The whole arena stood up and went crazy and I was stunned that he disappeared. It took me a second to kind of catch up and get with the program.

"All those combinations, mixing them up, the head fakes and all that stuff was the key to not getting clipped. I was confident that I would be able to take Tim down. Picking those shots, higher and lower and keeping a guy off balance is real important.

"You can tell when your opponent's starting to get to that level when things aren't going his way. I was confident in the tactics that I had and the ability that I had and it worked out.

"Looking back, I don't think I'll ever forget that crowd. The energy from that opening punch, it just exploded and I don't think it ever wavered for the entire 25 minutes. How loud that crowd was, was pretty remarkable, something I'll never forget.

"I was just excited. I think, as far as I'm concerned, it's definitely my favorite fight and certainly one of my all time best."

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