The Associated Press issued the following article:
LESNAR BEATS COUTURE AT UFC 91
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brock Lesnar stopped heavyweight champion Randy Couture in the second round of their fight at UFC 91 on Saturday night, earning a technical knockout when the referee stepped in as he kept punching after Couture went to the ground.
Lesnar, a former NCAA wrestling champion and WWE star, overwhelmed the 45-year-old Couture in just his fourth pro fight. Lesnar sent him to the canvas in the second round with a glancing blow that landed behind the ear and wasted no time in landing numerous hammer fists. Couture was never able to recover and the fight was stopped moments later.
“It sounds really good,” Lesnar said after being introduced as the new heavyweight champion. “I can’t believe it.
“I just believe in hard work and it pays off.”
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Couture was at a decided disadvantage against the 6-3, 275-pound Lesnar, who is 31 and at the start of his pro career. Couture (16-9) also had hadn’t fought for 15 months, stepping away when he became fed up with contract squabbles and his inability to land the big fights he really craved.