UFC 109 took place earlier this evening at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the night’s main event, Randy Couture and Mark Coleman finally met in the Octagon.
In the co-main event, Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen battled it out for a shot at the UFC middleweight title.
Demian Maia returned to action against Dan Miller.
Frank Trigg fought for his job against Matt Serra.
Mike Swick stepped in to take Paulo Thiago.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Randy Couture defeats Mark Coleman via Submisson (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round Two
- Chael Sonnen defeats Nate Marquardt via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Paulo Thiago defeats Mike Swick via Submission (D’arce Choke) in Round Two
- Demian Maia defeats Dan Miller via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Matt Serra defeats Frank Trigg via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Mac Danzig defeats Justin Buchholz via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Melvin Guillard defeats Ronnys Torres via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Robert Emerson defeats Phillipe Nover via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Phil Davis defeats Brian Stann via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
- Chris Tuchscherer defeats Tim Hague via Majority Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
- Joey Beltran defeats Rolles Gracie via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg: Serra and Trigg decided to forgo the ground game and stand and bang for the opening minutes of the first round. Bad move for Trigg because Serra caught him square on the chin with a right hook. A few punches later the ref stopped it. Tough loss for Trigg which could very well be his last fight in the UFC and maybe even the last fight of his career.
Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller: Check out Demian Maia. He’s learning how to strike and he showed off his progress tonight against Dan Miller. Maia was a lot more relaxed on the feet. He ate a few shots, but he connected throughout the fight with crisp shots. Still, Maia’s intention was to finish the fight with his jiu-jitsu. He took Miller down several times, but had a hard time holding him down. Props to Miller because the one time Maia did keep him down in the third, Maia never got close to attempting a submission. Miller did what a lot of UFC middleweights weren’t able to do with Maia on the ground. He survived. It just wasn’t enough for the win. Maia has a ways to go with his stand-up but if he can bring it a level where he’s even a small threat on the feet, he’s going to be a force in the middleweight division.
Phil Davis vs. Brian Stann: The light heavyweight division has a new prospect. Phil Davis absolutely dominated Brian Stann with his wrestling and ground n’ pound for three straight rounds GSP-style. Someone to keep your eye on.
Mike Swick vs. Paulo Thiago: If we haven’t already figured it out, Paulo Thiago is for real. After a lackluster first round, Thiago koschecked Mike Swick with a left hand during an exchange in the second. It rocked Swick, but he had his wits about him to get underhooks as Thiago jumped on him. Unfortunately for Swick, Thiago was one step ahead of him and immediately sink in a d’arce choke nearly rendering him unconscious. Huge win for Paulo Thiago. 2-1 against AKA’s top welterweights…he’s a contender.
Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen: Chael Sonnen and Nate Marquardt really turned it up in what a fairly slow night of fights. For 13 minutes of the fight, Sonnen dominated Marquardt with his wrestling and ground n’ pound. Marquardt couldn’t keep Sonnen off him and was forced to fight off his back for 90% of the fight. Marquardt managed to cut Sonnen wide open with an elbow and got close to choking him out with a guillotine twice, but it wasn’t enough and Sonnen earned the unanimous decision. Sonnen talked a ton of trash before this fight, but I can’t even say he backed it up because it was about everyone except Nate Marquardt. It should however get him the title shot against Anderson Silva (assuming he beats Vitor Belfort) and opportunity to put the money where his mouth is. And to be honest, he has the fighting style to give Silva a lot of problems. Time will tell if Sonnen’s mouth and his wrestling can take him to the top.
Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman: Well, it wasn’t much of a fight. If Mark Coleman learned new tricks in his first “real” training camp, he didn’t show them tonight. To be honest, Coleman didn’t do much of anything. Randy tagged him pretty much at will and used his clinch game to hold Coleman against the cage and roughed him up with his dirty boxing. In the second, Randy transitioned it into a takedown, took Coleman’s back and choked him out. Randy looked good but pretty much anyone would have against the Coleman we saw tonight. Doesn’t sound Coleman is hanging it up though. He gave Tito Ortiz a big FU during the post-fight interview, so that might be a fight the UFC will be interested in for later this year.
Submission of the Night: Paulo Thiago
Knockout of the Night: Matt Serra
Fight of the Night: Chael Sonnen & Nate Marquardt
Bonus info via MMA Junkie
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $2,273,000