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August 18, 2009, 09:22 PM
On August 29, 2009, a titanic clash between Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, two of the most highly-decorated heavyweights in mixed martial arts history, will take place at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

Couture:

What keeps him going and what separates him from other fighters:

"I can't speak for other fighters. I can only talk about myself. I think I just have a passion for the sport. I enjoy the training process. I enjoy being in the gym, and mixing it up with the guys, learning new skills, and developing as an athlete. Also the competition. It's what I love to do."

What he thinks are the keys to beating Brock Lesnar:

"I think it's going to boil down to outwrestling him. He's a big, strong, athletic guy, and standing in front of him and trying to punch it out with him is probably a bad idea. I think using the cage and finding ways to make him fight off of his back is probably the way to get to him and potentially beat him. Still, there's no easy way around a guy that size."

Nogueira:

Addressing his critics:

"Bad fights happen, you know. You won't be 100% for every fight. In my last fight I had a knee injury 15 days before. It's no excuse, but I couldn't be in shape when my knee was out. It was very bad for me to fight. I couldn't move at all, and that day Frank caught me with a good left hand three times. He made the fight, he made very good that night. I'm just thinking about my next fight right now. I'm very well prepared, and in good shape. I haven't been in this kind of shape since 2005. I'm very good right now."

Is he ready to retire:

"Of course not. I'm 33-years old and I still have a lot left to do in my career. I have to fight at least a couple more years. I didn't say I was going to retire had I won against Frank Mir. I still feel my body is very competitive for a fight. I love this sport, and how the UFC is going. I'm very happy to be part of that. For sure I want to have a couple more fights, and show a lot of good skills to the fans."

Summary and full audio: http://www.mmaspot.net/news.php?id=646

I can't wait for this fight. I like both fighters, and it should be a war.

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