Obviously, Couture knows how to prepare himself to step into the Octagon, but preparing for a guy like Lesnar -- the enormous former NCAA heavyweight champion turned WWE star -- presents some unique challenges. How do you find a sparring partner who can mimic the size and power of Lesnar, who has to cut weight to get down to the 265-pound heavyweight limit?
The answer, it turns out, is that Couture is sparring with another enormous fighter who was a very good college wrestling: Shane Carwin, who was an NCAA Division II wrestling champion and is now 9-0 in his professional mixed martial arts career. On this week's Inside MMA, it was reported that Carwin (who himself is preparing for a fight against Neil Wain at UFC 89) is serving as the sparring partner for Couture.
Lesnar is such a unique physical specimen that I'm not sure if anyone can truly replicate what he'll do in the Octagon, but Carwin probably comes the closest of anyone out there. It's a smart move for Couture.