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19-08-2004, 13:59
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19-08-2004, 13:59
Opinion Poll about Belfort and Couture III
Submitted by: Luca Atalla
Posted On 08/19/2004

With R.N.

Vitor Belfort and Randy Couture will be in the octagon again facing each other next August 21st at the UFC 49. Both athletes have already fought twice. The american wrestler won the first match by TKO (strikes), and the second confrontation had a frustrating ending: 49 seconds into the first round, Couture had an eye injured, and the battle was stopped by medical KO. Now, the UFC main event features a ‘tie breaker’. Check out the opinions of many of Brazil's top observers:

Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira: 'Vitor is a much more complete fighter. His punches are better than Couture's, who is a terrific wrestler. On the ground, Vitor is better too. Much more aggressive than the american'.

Anderson Silva: 'Vitor should be able to win again. He just can’t
let his 'warrior spirit' go away. Couture is very dangerous, a great champion, but I believe in Belfort. He has developed very efficient muay thai strikes'.

Ricardo Arona: 'Ths is a fight between experience and youth. Belfort's physical condition is great. I just don’t know how good his mind is today. Couture is very determined and he doesn’t lose focus in fights'.

Murilo Ninja: 'It can go to a decision, or it can end in a matter of one punch'.

Pedro Rizzo: 'It is a very even fight. Vitor cannot permit Couture to develop his strategies. The brazilian has better overall skills than the wrestler'.