In the first-ever matchup between UFC hall of famers, Randy Couture dominated Mark Coleman before finishing him with a second-round submission in the main event of “UFC 109: Relentless” on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Couture opened the fight with crisp, accurate punches that took Coleman out of his element and had him backing away from the opening bell. Though Coleman eventually landed several shots midway through the round, Couture picked him apart in the clinch and appeared to near a finish with several uppercuts before Coleman tied him up for the remainder of the frame.
An opening combination in the second had Coleman backpedaling and Couture took advantage, first taking mount where he unleashed some ground and pound before taking his back and quickly securing a rear naked choke. Coleman refused to tap, and “The Natural” put him to sleep for the victory.
Following his win, Couture, who entered the Octagon to “Stranglehold,” said he had been training chokes in preparation for the bout and was “head hunting” before securing the fight-ending submission. The 46-year-old, who also beat Brandon Vera in November, might be on a fast-track to a title shot, improving to 18-10 with his first submission victory in over four years.
Though Coleman exchanged heated words with Tito Ortiz and promised to fight again after his loss, his lackluster showing and 1-2 record since returning last year could mark an end to his UFC career.
In the UFC 109 co-main event, Chael Sonnen earned the next middleweight title shot by upsetting fellow contender Nate Marquardt, surviving a deep gash and a frantic final minute to earn a unanimous decision victory fueled by dominant wrestling and ground and pound.
Though Marquardt is known for his grappling and regarded as a well-rounded fighter, Sonnen had no problem getting him to the ground and keeping him there while pummeling him with punches. Though Marquardt secured several guillotines and connected with some strikes from the bottom, including an elbow that cut Sonnen, he was largely unable to escape and, despite a last-minute flurry, Sonnen’s ground control proved too much and earned him unanimous 30-27 scores for the decision win.
Also on the UFC 109 main card, Paulo Thiago dropped Mike Swick then quickly choked him out cold with a D’arce in the second, Demian Maia displayed improved striking in earning a unanimous decision over Dan Miller, and Matt Serra kicked off the pay-per-view card with a swift first-round knockout of Frank Trigg.
The complete results for UFC 109 were:
- Randy Couture def. Mark Coleman via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 1:09
- Chael Sonnen def. Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Paulo Thiago def. Mike Swick via submission (D’arce choke) – Round 2, 1:54
- Demian Maia def. Dan Miller via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Matt Serra def. Frank Trigg via KO (punches) – Round 1, 2:23
- Mac Danzig def. Justin Buchholz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Melvin Guillard def. Ronnys Torres via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Rob Emerson def. Phillipe Nover via unanimous decision
- Phil Davis def. Brian Stann via unanimous decision
- Chris Tuchscherer def. Tim Hague via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
- Joey Beltran def. Rolles Gracie via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:31
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Pictured: Randy Couture