by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Randy “The Natural” Couture has become as well known for his fight picks as he has for his exploits inside the Octagon. MMAWeekly spoke with the current Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder about the UFC 83 main event, the rematch between welterweight champion Matt “The Terror” Serra and interim titleholder Georges “Rush” St. Pierre.
“That’s going to be a fantastic fight,” Couture told MMAWeekly. “Matt is obviously stepping into enemy territory in Montreal and fighting Georges to defend his title.”
Matt Serra earned his shot at the welterweight belt by winning season four of The Ultimate Fighter and seized the opportunity, finishing St. Pierre by TKO to obtain the title.
Discussing Serra, Couture commented, “I have a lot of respect for Matt. The integrity he showed as a mixed martial artist during the course of the television show was tremendous. He’s a great technical fighter. His grappling skills are terrific.”
Switching gears to the challenger, Couture said, “I think we’re seeing a Georges St. Pierre that’s really coming to the peak of his game. He’s firing on all cylinders. He’s got it back on track and performing like we expected him to perform back when he fought Serra (the first time).
“I think it’s going to be a very good fight,” said Couture, as he prefaced his prediction. “I don’t think Matt’s going to go away easy, but I think Georges is going to probably have the answer for Matt this time. I think Georges is probably going to win that fight.”