There is only one UFC 105 fight that I am really interested in and that would be Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera. Couture has dropped down to 205 lbs to fight in the LHW division and Vera should present him with a real challenge. Like Couture, Vera comes from a wresting background and has added other martial arts, such as boxing and BJJ, to his MMA skill set.
I think Couture is going win this fight, but I expect it to be a difficult fight for him and I think that it will go 3 rounds, with Couture winning by decision. I think Randy will try to test Vera’s chin early and often with strikes, but he will take to the ground to nullify Vera’s formidable kicking ability.
At some point Father Time will catch up to Couture and he will no longer be able to compete at the highest levels of MMA, but I don’t think that time has arrived yet, based on what I saw in Couture last two fights against Lesnar and Nogiera. He lost both of the those fights, but he fought well in both, against opponents who were significantly larger than him. That won’t be the case with Vera, with both men at the 205 lbs limit. Couture is about 6’1″, so 205 should be a very natural weight for him to fight at.