UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture predicts that the 2007 upset train will continue to roll this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, picking Quinton "Rampage" Jackson to end the reign of light heavyweight king Chuck Liddell, according to an article in the Boston Herald.
Historically, "The Natural" has been incredibly accurate with his analysis and fight breakdowns. His most recent prediction -- which flew in the face of common consensus -- of Gabriel Gonzaga to defeat Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic seemed like a reach at the time.
But, boy did it happen.
Here are Couture's quick thoughts on the monster rematch on May 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada:
"My feeling is that this series of upsets in the UFC is going to continue and that Rampage is going to beat Chuck. I think Rampage is not intimidated and he has the skill set and the ability to make this a tough night for Liddell. I think on my picks for the main card fights on the Fight Network's 'Natural Pick,' I'm 35-15, so we'll see how I do on this card."
I agree 100 percent.
But a wise man told me once to never bet against the "Iceman" -- he always finds a way to win.
That's the reason this rematch is so damn intriguing ... and the reason I'm so torn on who will come out victorious.
Don't forget -- which I am guilty of myself -- that there are some nice bouts also on the nine-fight card.
Here's the main card line up most will see on the pay-per-view (PPV) broadcast:
- Karo Parisyan vs. Josh Burkman
- Ivan Salaverry vs. Terry Martin
- Keith Jardine vs. Houston Alexander
- Chis Leben vs. Kalib Starnes
For the complete UFC 71 fight card click here.
Don't forget to also head over to the Boston Herald to see predictions from Tito Ortiz, Kenny Florian, Heath Herring and others on the main event between Liddell and Jackson.