Randy Couture and Mark Coleman are each members of the Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Fame. Each man is a former UFC heavyweight champion. Each was a decorated amateur wrestler.
But Couture proved that despite all the similarities, there are plenty of differences between the men, dominating Coleman in the main event of UFC 109 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Couture finished off the one-sided fight by putting Coleman to sleep via a rear naked choke at 1:09 of the second round.
Couture's submission victory was his first in more than four years, since he submitted Mike Van Arsdale in the third round of a non-title bout at UFC 54 in 2005.
In the first bout ever between active members of the UFC Hall of Fame, it was never a contest. Couture badly outboxed Coleman in the first round, then used his boxing to set up a takedown in the second. When they hit the ground, Couture quickly maneuvered for the fight-ending rear naked choke.
Coleman had gotten the bout by virtue of an unexpected victory over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 100, but he was never competitive and was cut following the card.
Couture's victory kept him in contention for a shot at the UFC light heavyweight belt, which he held on two previous occasions.
Chael Sonnen upset heavily favored Nathan Marquardt in a middleweight title eliminator bout, earning the right to fight for the championship later in the year. Sonnen had talked nonstop in the fight buildup, perplexing even UFC president Dana White, but he backed up his bold talk by repeatedly taking Marquardt down and pummeling him on the ground.
Following his loss to Couture, Coleman was being interviewed in the cage by UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan when UFC light heavyweight Tito Ortiz shouted something at him. Coleman shouted an obscenity at Ortiz, who had been supposed to fight Coleman but had to pull out because of an injury.
Rolles Gracie, a member of the esteemed Gracie clan, made his UFC debut against Joey Beltran, but was knocked out in the second round and seemed not to belong in the cage. He was cut after the fight.
Quoteworthy: "At the end of the day, if you want to get to the top of the card in the UFC, you have to fight tough guys. If you want to be a fighter, get in the cage and be a big deal at your local strip club, go to Showtime. But if you want to fight real guys, this is the place to do it." – Sonnen, discussing potential opponents.
Joey Beltran def. Rolles Gracie, TKO, 1:31 R2
Chris Tuchscherer def. Tim Hague, majority decision
Phil "Mr. Wonderful" Davis def. Brian Stann, unanimous decision
Rob Emerson def. Philippe Nover, unanimous decision
Melvin Guillard def. Ronnys Torres, unanimous decision
Mac Danzig def. Justin Buchholz, unanimous decision
Matt Serra def. Frank Trigg, KO, 2:23 R1
Demian Maia def. Dan Miller, unanimous decision
Paulo Thiago def. Mike Swick, submission (D'Arce choke), 1:54 R2
Chael Sonnen def. Nathan Marquardt, unanimous decision
Randy Couture def. Mark Coleman, submission (rear naked choke), 1:09 R2
- Randy Couture
- Mark Coleman
- UFC heavyweight champion
- Chael Sonnen