Saturday, August 29, 2009
To most, tonight's UFC 102 match-up between Randy "The Natural" Couture and Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira may at best be fan candy and at worst be past-its-prime matchmaking, but to the Brazilian with the head of a bull and the body of a man, the bout means a lot more. Consigned to living in a labyrinth in his South American homeland, Minotauro hopes a victory over Couture will provide him with enough money to finally move into better living quarters, like perhaps an apartment over a grocery store or into someone's unused garage. "I really don't eat virgins anymore," said Minotauro. "Plus, living in a labyrinth... that's very difficult. You cannot get comfortable. Where is the bathroom? Where is the kitchen? I wake up in the middle of the night to use the toilet or get a snack from the refrigerator and I end up lost for hours." According to oddsmakers, Minotauro may have his work cut out for him when he tangles with the Natural. But tall odds or not, for the sake of new digs, the Brazilian is going to do his best.