UFC 109 Preview

Ask any diehard MMA fan and you’ll probably hear that UFC 109 marks the last “boring” UFC fight card for a while. I guess it’s hard to get excited when main event features two men with a combined age of 91. But, as UFC 108 showed us, sometimes events that look weak on paper produce the best bouts. Here are my picks.

Randy Couture (17-10) vs Mark Coleman (16-9)
The main event, which was supposed to occur at UFC 17, pits two similar fighters against each other, but with one crucial difference between them. UFC Hall-of-Famer Mark Coleman is known for his wrestling base and for pioneering American ground-and-pound. Fellow Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture is also a stud wrestler (Greco-Roman).

The Pick: Randy Couture. Unlike Coleman, Couture has evolved throughout his career. His striking isn’t dominant but it’s much better than Coleman’s. I expect Couture to keep the fight standing and beat Coleman with his superior boxing. Why bother taking Coleman down if Couture won’t have a distinct advantage on the ground?

Nate Marquardt (29-8-2) vs Chael Sonnen (24-10-1)
Two streaking fighters collide in an important middleweight matchup here. If Marquardt wins, he should meet the winner of Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort in a title fight.

The Pick: Nate Marquardt. His striking has improved exponentially the last few years and Sonnen won’t have his usual grappling advantage. Marquardt is arguably the biggest, strongest middleweight out there. Sonnen is in way over his head.

Mike Swick (14-3) vs Paulo Thiago (12-1)
Mike “Quick” Swick has plenty to prove after squandering his chance for a welterweight title shot in a lacklustre effort against Dan Hardy. He’ll try to keep the fight standing against Thiago, a BJJ black belt.

The Pick: Mike Swick. If he’s smart, he’ll bring back his aggression. He has to watch out, though; remember when Thiago floored Swick’s good buddy Josh Koscheck with an uppercut?

Demian Maia (11-1) vs Dan Miller (11-2)
Maia’s another fighter under a fair amount of pressure. He suffered his first loss against Nate Marquardt last summer and his total lack of competent standup was exposed. Miller hopes to rebound after Chael Sonnen bullied him at UFC 98 in May.

The Pick: Demian Maia. We only have to worry about Maia when he faces someone with heavy hands. Miller is a ground guy himself and is simply no match for Maia’s peerless BJJ skills.

Matt Serra (9-6) vs Frank Trigg (19-7)
As old and Coleman and Couture are, I almost feel like these two welterweights are more washed up. Essentially, the only guys they have a chance to beat are each other.

The Pick: Matt Serra. His BJJ is strong and he at least looked like a fighter in his decision loss to Matt Hughes in May. Trigg, on the other hand, looked like a civilian in his embarrassing loststo Josh Koscheck at UFC 103.

Here’s hoping you watch this Saturday, as we never know when classic bouts pop up. I’m especially excited for what should be a grappling chess match between Maia and Miller.

By Matt Larkin
Guest Writer

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