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UFC 109 Final Thoughts…

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UFC 109 delivered last night, bringing some good finishes, surprising performances, and the introduction of a promising young fighter.

Randy Couture proved that he is the legend among legends, besting his Hall of Fame counterpart Mark Coleman, while Chael Sonnen threw his name into the ring for the middleweight title. Let’s break down the action:

Main Event: Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman

Couture came out with crisp boxing and his always impressive dirty boxing. Coleman had no answer for either, as Randy picked him apart from outside and beat him up inside. Coleman survived the first round, but he got hurt early in the second.

Couture smelled blood and went in for the kill. Couture took down the wrestling legend (a little too easily) and immediately proceeded to tap him out with a rear naked choke.

There was great foreshadowing from Couture’s entrance song “Stranglehold,” and Joe Rogan who repeatedly claimed he felt Randy was looking for a submission.

This was a great performance for Randy, even if it was against a washed-up fighter. He seems to be slowly building toward another shot at the light heavyweight title. There are a lot of interesting potential match ups out there for Randy.

I don’t think Coleman has a future with the UFC after this fight. Granted, Couture is a legend, but Coleman just looks used, though his smack talk was as good as ever based on his verbal confrontation with Tito Ortiz after the fight.

Normally, I would say Dana White should hold out and put that fight together (because real bad-blood fights are few and far between these days) but would anyone even care about who won a fight between Tito Ortiz and Mark Coleman?

Ultimately, this fight was exactly what most people expected. It was a one-sided beating that will only expand Couture’s legend while Coleman’s career comes to a bitter, dark end.

Co-Main Event: Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen

This was the most surprising fight of the night. Most people expected Marquardt to come out with a solid gameplan of stick-and-move striking that kept the fight off the mat.

Unfortunately, Sonnen’s aggression sucked Marquardt into wild exchanges that allowed Sonnen to get the fight to the mat too easily.

Once there, Sonnen showed great top control, which everyone expected, but Marquardt had no answer with his jiu-jitsu, which was surprising.

Granted, he slapped on a couple guillotine chokes and even opened Sonnen up with an elbow, but ultimately he had no answer for Sonnen’s ground and pound. Honestly, Marquardt didn’t win a single minute of that fight until the very last minute of the third round.

Sonnen, looking worse for wear than Marquardt, put together a dominating unanimous decision victory. After thoroughly demolishing a fighter as talented as Marquardt, he should be taken very seriously as the next No. 1 contender.

This has to be very disappointing for Marquardt and is sadly becoming a disturbing habit of getting so close but not being able €to get over the hump.

Main Card

Mike Swick vs. Paulo Thiago

Both fighters came out ready to strike, but they both looked timid in the first round. Swick ultimately got a last-second takedown to win the round but neither fighter looked great. That all changed in the second round.

Both fighters loosened up and the striking picked up. Thiago landed a great counter left that dropped Swick. While Swick tried to just hold off Thiago while he recovered, he left his head open for a D’arce choke that Thiago used to turn Swick’s lights out.

Swick has now lost two fights and will slide significantly in the division. But this is a huge win for Thiago that should catapult him up the rankings.

This fight also proved that his fight with Josh Koscheck (lucky punch or not) was no fluke and he needs to be respected.

Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller

Maia came out ready to strike, which was probably a surprise to Miller. While Maia’s striking wasn’t devastating, it was effective enough along with his grappling in the third round to win him a unanimous decision.

This was a good win over a tough opponent to get Maia back on the right track. If he keeps improving his striking, he’ll be that much scarier for his next opponent.

Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg

Serra came out and did exactly what was expected of him. He went right at Trigg and tested his chin with the bombs in his fists and he took Trigg out quickly with a brutal TKO in the first round.

This was a great win after two losses for Serra, and for Trigg this might spell the end of his UFC career for good.


Mac Danzig vs. Justin Buchholz

Danzig went in and just did what he needed to do. He stood up with Buchholz until he could take him down where he had the best of it.

Danzig won a very tough unanimous decision, giving him at least one more fight in the UFC ,while Buchholz is most likely gone for a while.

Melvin Guillard vs. Ronnys Torres

This fight was very peculiar. Guillard was the better striker and got the best of it on the feet, but most of this fight took place on the ground. But while it was there, even though Torres was in control most of the time, he didn’t do much with his advantageous position.

The judges ultimately gave a unanimous decision win to Guillard, but it was very strange, given Torres had better cage control for most of the fight

Usually judges look favorably on that, but I guess they just thought Guillard was more aggressive and was doing the most damage.

Brian Stann vs. Phil Davis

Hello Mr. Wonderful! Phil Davis is a superstar in the making. He is a superior athlete with a fantastic wrestling pedigree.

Stann tried to out-strike Davis, but Davis was having none of it, taking Stann down early and often. Davis’ ground and pound was technically solid, but wasn’t doing a ton of damage. But he did enough to come away with a dominating unanimous decision.

Davis, much like Jon Jones, is going to be a part of the new wave of stars at 205 pounds. Light heavyweight is already stacked but a lot of the stars in the division are older guys. It’s good to see that there is some fresh blood being infused into the division.

Rolles Gracie vs. Joey Beltran

Rolles Gracie far and away had the most disappointing performance of the night. He came out and was gassed midway through the first round. I don’t know if his cardio was just that poor or he was suffering from something else.

In either case, Gracie was done when he looked like he had the fight won after getting into mount and then taking Beltran’s back. But Beltran escaped and then put the hurt on Gracie pounding him out for a TKO victory in the second round.

Gracie, who trains with Renzo Gracie and Greg Jackson, has to figure out what went wrong and quickly.

He brought serious shame to the Gracie name, and it will be interesting to see if the UFC has any interest in retaining his services after a performance like that.

Philippe Nover vs. Rob Emerson:

Emerson wins by unanimous decision, most likely ending Nover’s UFC career.

Tim Hague vs. Chris Tuchscherer:

Chris wins by majority decision putting Hague’s UFC career on thin ice.

Marquardt and Sonnen won fight of the night which was pretty surprising given how one-sided it was. Matt Serra wins KO of the night almost by default. And Paulo Thiago deservedly wins submission of the night

UFC 109 Fighter Salaries & Bonuses

UFC 109 took place Feb. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas

In addition to Couture, other top earners from the card included Matt Serra ($150,000), Chael Sonnen ($64,000), Demian Maia ($62,000) and Coleman ($60,000).

The full payouts included:

Randy Couture: $250,000 (no win bonus)
def. Mark Coleman: $60,000

Chael Sonnen: $64,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus)
def. Nate Marquardt: $45,000

Paulo Thiago: $30,000 ($15,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Swick: $43,000

Demian Maia: $62,000 ($31,000 win bonus)
def. Dan Miller: $15,000

Matt Serra: $150,000 ($75,000 win bonus)
def. Frank Trigg: $30,000

Mac Danzig: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus)
def. Justin Buchholz: $8,000

Melvin Guillard: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus)
def. Ronys Torres: $4,000

Rob Emerson: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus)
def. Phillipe Nover: $10,000

Phil Davis: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
def. Brian Stann: $17,000

Chris Tuchscherer: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
def. Tim Hague: $7000

Joey Beltran: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus)
def. Rolles Gracie: $15,000

DISCLAIMER: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, which can oftentimes be a substantial portion of a fighter’s income. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays.

White Not Amused with Ortiz-Coleman Exchange


UFC President Dana White seemed as perplexed by Tito Ortiz’ interruption of Mark Coleman’s post-fight interview as the rest of the audience was at UFC 109 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Ortiz, who is in town taking his second turn as a coach opposite Chuck Liddell on this season’s “The Ultimate Fighter,” caught the event cageside, and used his proximity to Coleman while exiting the arena to engage the former heavyweight champion verbally.

“F— you, Tito,” Coleman said mid-interview, moments after losing a second-round submission to Randy Couture. “Any f—ing time, Tito. Anytime, d—-bag.

Ortiz and Coleman had been originally scheduled to face off at UFC 106 last November until the Olympic wrestler withdrew with a knee injury. The 35-year-old Ortiz is now slated to meet Liddell a third time at the conclusion of the Spike reality TV series, likely at UFC 115 on June 12 at the GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“Tito’s calling out Coleman when he’s fighting Chuck,” said White at the post-fight press conference. “I don’t even know what to say to that. That’s Tito.”

White had well-publicized bad blood with the former light heavyweight champion over the last few years, but the pair said their bruised past had been repaired when the polarizing Ortiz re-signed to a multi-fight contract with the organization on July 31. Still, White didn’t hide his displeasure at Ortiz’ tactics on Saturday.

“Guy just loses in the most important fight of his life. This meant more to Coleman than anything to fight Randy Couture and beat him,” said White. “He loses, he’s standing up there doing an interview and Tito’s screaming sh– at him. Tito’s back.”

Coleman ‘Probably’ Finished in UFC, White Says

Has The Hammer Crumbled With Age?


LAS VEGAS — Mark Coleman, the first heavyweight champion in the promotion’s history, appears to have fought his last fight in the UFC.

The 45-year-old submitted to a second-round rear-naked choke from fellow hall of famerRandy Couture in the UFC 109 “Relentless” main event on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Coleman has lost two of his three fights since returning from a decade-long absence from the Octagon.

“I think that was probably Coleman’s last fight in the UFC,” UFC President Dana White said. “Mark Coleman has always been a stand-up guy with me. I think he’s going to have a hard time competing with these guys at the top. Age is a factor with him.”

Coleman mounted virtually no offense against Couture, who bullied him into the cage and battered him the clinch. Couture took down the Columbus, Ohio, native without much resistance in the second round, quickly moved into a dominant position and dropped punches until his wilting foe surrendered his back. From there, the conclusion was a mere formality, as Couture delivered his first submission win in more than four years.

“[Coleman] wasn’t able to do anything,” White said. “Is a fighter ever accepting? It’s tough to say it’s over.”

UFC 109 Bonuses: Sonnen Picks Up $60K Along with Title Shot


Chael Sonnen made some eye-raising statements in the lead-up to his middleweight title eliminator against heavily favored Nate Marquardt. The Oregon-based wrestler backed up those claims Saturday with a dominant unanimous decision victory and pocketed a $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus to go with his title shot.

Sonnen used his superior wrestling ability to keep Marquardt on his back for the majority of the 15-minute affair. The betting underdog sped out to an early lead by controlling Marquardt and negating his perceived striking and submission advantages.

Despite scores of 30-27 across the board, Marquardt had his moments as well. In the second round, while dodging Sonnen’s ground-and-pound attack, Marquardt sliced a deep inch-long laceration in his opponent’s forehead. He also had a tight guillotine attempt before sweeping into top position and slugging away at a spent Sonnen in the bout’s closing seconds.

The matchup was the co-headliner for UFC 109, which featured Randy Couture’s win over Mark Coleman in the main event. The card drew a crowd of 10,687 to the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for an estimated gate of $2.27 million.

Paulo Thiago fattened his wallet with a $60,000 “Submission of the Night” bonus for choking Mike Swick unconscious. Thiago planted Swick with a right hand counter before locking up a D’Arce choke for the finish at 1:54 of the second period.

Matt Serra clobbered Frank Trigg with a crushing right hand and finished him off with follow-up shots on the ground at 2:23 of the first round to earn “Knockout of the Night” honors. Serra also banked $60,000 for his efforts.

UFC 109 Main Card Results and Breakdown

Lastnight was the night to fight. Lastnight was UFC 109. This PPV was headlined by two of the legends of MMA with a fight 10 years in the making.

Up first was Matt Serra vs Frank Trigg. This was mostly a stand up game with Trigg connecting early. Serra was able to connect with a big punch that knocked out Trigg. Serra wins via KO in the 1st.

Next was Demian Maia vs Dan Miller. Maia came into this fight looking to stand after training with Wanderlei Silva. Maia showed how hard he had been working at his his striking game and it showed. He was able to dominate Miller for 3 rounds and win via
unanimous decision.

Up third is Mike Swick vs Paulo Thiago. Thiago was able to dominate Swick throughout the fight both standing and on the ground. When Swick was on the ground and got an underhook in on Thiago, Thiago was able to turn that into a D’arce choke and choke Swick unconscious. Thiago wins via submission.

With the co-main event of the night it was Nate Marquardt vs Chael Sonnen. This fight was a huge surprise for Marquardt. This was the first time he had been on his back for most of the fight. He was unable to fight off Sonnen and get in much offense. Chael dominated Nate on the ground and had him on his back the entire fight. Chael received a nasty cut that left him bleeding like a stuck pig in the second round. Late in the third round Nate had Chael in a very deep guillotine choke but Chael was able to fight his way out of it. The fight went to the cards and Chael Sonnen won via unanimous decision.

Finally we have the main event. This is the fight fight fans have been waiting for for 10 years. This is the fight we were unable to see because Coleman went off to fight in PRIDE. Now with Coleman at 45 years of age and Couture at 46 it was finally time to see it happen. This was the battle of the old men in the UFC (but don’t tell them that). The first round was spent with Couture standing and landing shot after shot on a very stiff Coleman. Coleman had his head straight up the whole time and just kept stepping back from the strikes, which Couture was able to capitalize on. The fight went into the second round where it was more of Couture striking. Except this time Couture was able to get Coleman on the ground and get in some ground and pound. During the GnP, Coleman turned and Couture was able to get in a rear naked choke and choke Coleman unconscious. The surprising part about this fight is that Couture still looks VERY good and he says it’s the best he’s felt in his career. Couture wins submission in the second round.

The post fight after the Couture vs Coleman fight was highlighted by Tito Ortiz yelling something at Coleman and Coleman responding (while in the middle of a post fight interview with Rogan) “F*** YOU, TITO!” and something to the effect of “I’LL FIGHT YOU RIGHT NOW!” and calling him a douchebag.

UFC 109 was a night of very different fights. Either they were great or not so great. The worst fight of the night came surprisingly from a Gracie. He was completely gassed and did not look like he belonged in a UFC ring or any other MMA ring for that matter. One has to hope it was just nerves and not lack of talent. He will certainly have a target on his back with his last name being Gracie.