LAS VEGAS – “UFC 109: Relentless” takes place tonight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Headlining the card is a light heavyweight match up between two of the sport’s living legends, Randy “The Natural” Couture and Mark “The Hammer” Coleman.
Pro MMA Now (www.prommanow.com) will provide live results and round-by-round commentary beginning at 7:15 p.m. ET (4:15 p.m. PT) for the preliminary card, 9 p.m. ET for the Spike TV card, and 10 p.m. ET for the main card, which will be broadcast on pay-per-view.
Immediately following tonight’s pay-per-view broadcast, you can watch the UFC 109 post-fight press conference LIVE in ProMMAnow.com’s UFC ROOM.
UFC 109 quick results:
- Joey Beltran def. Rolles Gracie by TKO (punches) Rd 2 (1:31)
- Chris Tuchscherer def. Tim Hague by Majority Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28) Rd 3
- Phil Davis def. Brian Stann by Unanimous Decision (no scores announced) Rd 3
- Robert Emerson def. Phillipe Nover by Unanimous Decision (no scores announced) Rd 3
- Melvin Guillard def. Ronys Torres by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3
- Mac Danzig def. Justin Buchholz by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3
- Matt Serra def. Frank Trigg by knockout (punches) Rd 1 (2:23)
- Demian Maia def. Dan Miller by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3
- Paulo Thiago def. Mike Swick by submission (D’arce Choke) Rd 2 (1:54)
- Chael Sonnen def. Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3
- Randy Couture def. Mark Coleman by submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Rd 2 (1:09)
UFC 109 play-by-play:
Melvin Guillard vs. Ronys Torres
Round 1 – Here we go folks. Torres ties up Guillard and takes him down as he ducks under Guillard’s punch. Torres as side control. Guillard explodes, gets back to his feet. Left punch scores for Melvin. Left hook scores for Torres, then he takes Guillard back to the ground. He takes Melvin’s back but Melvin spins and is in his guard. Torres is back to his feet. Guillard scores with a leg kick. Right punch and a flying knee attempt by Torres. Right hand by Torres lands. Knee to the head by Melvin as Ronys shoots. Ronys is okay it appears, and scores the takedown, now in Guillard’s guard. Torres is winning this round due to the takedowns. Guillard attempts to wall walk back to his feet, 30 seconds left in the round. Melvin is back up. Left hand scores for Guillard. Good round. I give the round to Torres 10-9 due to the takedowns.
Round 2 – Guillard is smiling and looks ready to go. Someone spilled ice all over the Octagon. It was Torres’ cornerman who spilled it. Rogan is going off on them. Oh man… Torres going for the takedown, grabs a single leg, lifts Melvin up over the top of the Octagon. He lands on his feet. Melvin with a leg kick. Nice combo by Guillard scores. Melvin looking good with his strikes, roundhouse kick and front kick by Melvin. Torres shoots, eats a knee, goes for the single leg, Melvin lands on his feet, then lands a body kick. Sweet leg kick, followed by a nice punch. Knee to the head by Guillard scores. That leg kick – punch combo looked very smooth and both strikes scored. Leg kick again by Guillard. Torres grabs Guillard around his back, standing. Guillard rolls out, and has Torres in guard. Torres goes for a kimura, Guillard is safe and is in Torres’ full guard. Guillard dives in with a punch as the bell sounds. I score that round 10-9 for Guillard.
Round 3 – Overhand right by Guillard skims Torres’ head. Guillard swings, Torres shoots, Guillard sprawls. Nice right hand by Guillard connects. Left jab connects. Body kick by Guillard. Left hand by Torres, but a right hand by Guillard lands in return. Guillard’s punches are fast. Torres shoots, gets the takedown, in half guard, moves to side control, looking for mount. Guillard defending well. Torres not able to do much, and Guillard explodes to his feet. Right hand by Torres. 1:30 left. Torres shoots, Guillard sprawls, but finally is taken down, with his back against the cage. :40 seconds left. Guillard has butterfly guard preventing the mount. :10 seconds left, and Torres tries to slam him, Guillard lands in mount and fires off some punches before the bell sounds. Close round, damn, I’ll give that round to Guillard 10-9 and the fight to Guillard 29-28. Whaddaya know… I called it right! Damn, I’m suprised all three judges called it the same, that is awesome. – Guillard said this is his first fight under Greg Jackson. He seems much more serious and focused about his career. He said he is 1-0 and all his previous fights did not count. That says a lot about where he is in his career.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Melvin Guillard def. Ronys Torres by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3
Mac Danzig vs. Justin Buchholz
Round 1 – Be sure to check out our interview with Justin Buchholz from this past week; super cool guy. Leg kick by Danzig, then a uppercut. Leg kick by Danzig scores. Leg kick by Buchholz. Buchholz lands a nice stiff right. Danzig shoots, gets stuffed, stands, lands a right hand behind the ear of Buchholz. Right hand by Danzig connects. Danzig looking good and crisp. Left hand by Danzig scores. Right leg kick by Danzig. Danzig has stated if he loses this fight he doesn’t belong in the UFC. Right hand by Buchholz drops Danzig, but he is back to his feet. Left hand scores for Danzig. Another one scores for Danzig. Danzig with a combo, then a leg kick. Buchholz firing away but Danzig covers up. Both these guys are bringing it, and both are scoring with some good shots. Nice right hand by Danzig snaps Buchholz’s head back. Close round, but I’ll give it to Danzig 10-9.
Round 2 – Danzig shoots, gets stuffed. Buchholz has never gone the distance. Nice jab by Danzig snaps Justin’s head, then lands another shot. Right hand by Danzig. Danzig shoots, grabs a double leg, and puts him on his back, lands in side control. Danzig puts knee on belly, almost has mount, landing some ground and pound. Now in half guard. Buchholz looking for a kimura, cranking it, he lets it go, Danzig puts some knees in his side, then gets full mount. Buchholz goes out the back door and is on top now in Danzig’s guard. Danzig lands some elbows to the top of the Buchholz’s head. Ten seconds left, Danzig reverses, lands in full mount. Danzig throws some illegal elbows as the bell sounds, he is warned. I score this round 10-9 for Danzig.
Round 3 – Leg kick by Danzig, he then shoots, gets the takedown. Buchholz is back up. Both of them have a LOT on the line here, with both having a too many losses. Right hand by Buchholz scores. 3:20 remains. Danzig tries to throw Buchholz, ends up on his back with Buchholz in his full guard. Danzig tried a pro wrestling style arm throw there, but Buchholz’s arm slipped out. Ref stands them up. Left jab scores for Danzig then a right, then a couple more punches score. Left hand scores for Danzig. Body punches, then two shots to the head, then a takedown. 1:00 left. Danzig with some good ground and pound. Buchholz curls up, spins over, Danzig gets full mount and is pounding, Buchholz gives up his back. Ten seconds left. Danzig won the round easily. I score it 10-9 for the round, 30-27 for the fight. – After the fight Danzig said he trained in L.A. for this fight, as opposed to his normal camp at Xtreme Couture. It looks like it helped.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Mac Danzig def. Justin Buchholz by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3
Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg
Round 1 – This could be a “loser leave town” match, especially for Trigg. There is SO much on the line here for both guys. Trigg is going old school here, with his hair grown out. He said he did it because Dana White told him to. Trigg has Marc Laimon in his corner for the first time ever. It’s good to see him switch up his training, not get stuck just at Xtreme Couture’s and seek out what he needed to improve. They touch gloves. Trigg throwing out a jab, feeling. Trigg lands a couple punches as Serra moves in. Trigg has good boxing if Serra wants to play this game. Trigg hanging back waiting. Body shot by Serra. Leg kick by Serra. Serra lands a big right hand that drops Trigg. He follows up with three more and it’s all over for Frank Trigg. Damn. Maybe Serra can give Trigg a job now. He was feeling bad for Trigg before the fight because Trigg said he has nothing to fall back on after fighting.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Matt Serra def. Frank Trigg by knockout (punch) Rd 1 (2:23)
Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller
Round 1 – The battle of BJJ black belts. Except Maia of course is on a different level. Leg kick by Miller. Maia with a nice left punch. Maia with an overhand left, then shoots. They’re clinched against the cage, Miller stops the takedown, but still clinched. They separate, and move back to the center. Leg kick checked by Maia. Nice left to the jaw by Miller, following Maia’s leg kick. Miller takes a knee to the groin, Miller cringes, but eats about four punches, and the ref (Mazzagatti never stopped it, Maia stopped it, and luckily for him Maia stopped punching). They restart, Miller seems okay. Maia gets a trip takedown but Miller gets right up. Maia’s standup has improved a lot. Right hand by Miller as the bell sounds. I’m giving that round to Maia 10-9 (if for no other reason than those four unanswered punches after the groin shot he gave to Miller).
Round 2 – Miller throws a combo but gets countered with a punch. Leg kick by Miller. Nice double left punch by Maia that connects. Another nice left by Maia. Inside leg kick by Miller. Leg kick by Miller, to the outside. Maia’s boxing is much improved, and he’s landing some nice counter-punches. Neither guy landing anything significant this round. Crowd starts booing at the fight that has turned into something reminiscent of a sparring match. Maia out-boxing Miller, but nothing hard landing. I give that round 10-9 to Maia.
Round 3 – Chuck Liddell has a new fine woman – as they cut to a shot of him in the audience; he gives the traditional sign of “The Pit”. Miller lands a couple punches. Maia shoots, Miller stuffs it. They square up again. Miller lands a right, and Maia goes to the ground, he shoots, and takes Miller down. Maia softening him up with punches to the face. Miller stands up. Maia lands a left, then shoots, Miller pops him in the chin, as Maia still working, and gets the takedown. Maia now in Miller’s half guard. Maia lands some punches from side control. Miller now has butterfly guard. Crowd boos with :40 seconds to go. Miller goes for a triangle, Maia pulls out. Miller lands shots from the bottom and Maia lands some from the top as the bell sounds. I give the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 to Maia.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Demian Maia def. Dan Miller by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3
Brian Stann vs. Phil Davis (previously recorded)
Round 1 – Leg kick by Stann. Phil Davis shoots, ties Stann up against the cage. Stann breaks free. Front kick by Davis. Leg kick from Stann. Davis gets a hard takedown, and quickly puts Stann on his back hard. Stann has half guard. Stann gives up his back, trying to stand up. Davis flattens him out with full back mount, Stann spins, now Davis has full mount. :45 seconds left in the round and Davis is still in mount. Davis lands a few punches to Stann’s face. Stann weathers the storm as the bell sounds. I score the round 10-9 for Davis. (Master Lloyd Irvin gives Davis instruction between rounds).
Round 2 – Stann lands an inside leg kick. Stann moves forward, lands a punch or two. Body kick by Davis scores. Overhand right by Davis misses, but it set up a double leg and Stann is on his back again. Davis mounts. Stann hip escapes and gets back to half guard. Davis looks for a kimura, but Stann defends well. Davis still in full mount, pounding. Stann gives up his back, then spins back over. Stann is getting punished with punches and is being completely controlled on the ground. Huge knees to the body by Davis. Complete domination. I score that one again 10-9 for Davis.
Round 3 – Davis shoots, gets the double leg. Davis has full mount again, pounds on Stann’s ribs. Stann hip escapes, Davis moves to side control, back to mount. Stann gives up his back, Davis back to full mount. This is Davis’s UFC debut, and he has given Stann an ENORMOUS lesson. :30 seconds left and Davis still mounted by Davis. Davis goes for an armbar, just as the bell sounds. I give that round 10-9 to Davis and the fight 30-27 to Davis.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Phil Davis def. Brian Stann by unanimous decision (no scores given)
Mike Swick vs. Paulo Thiago
Round 1 – Head kick by Thiago partially blocked. Swick swings, misses. Leg kick by Thiago knocks Swick off balance. Right hand by Swick. Leg kick by Swick. Leg kick by Thiago knocks Swick off balance again. Leg kick by Swick. Right hand by Thiago lands. Rogan and Goldie missing a lot of action with the play by play. Swick gets a takedown with about :30 left in the round. That probably secured the round for him. I give the round to Swick 10-9.
Round 2 – Leg kick by Thiago scores. Body kick scores by Thiago. Thiago checks a leg kick by Swick. Nice big right hand by Swick rocks Thiago’s head. Thiago counters with a right, then a left hook and drops Swick. He then locks up a D’arce Choke, it’s tight, the ref checks his arm, and he is out in less than ten seconds. This is a big win for Thiago.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Paulo Thiago def. Mike Swick by submission (D’arce Choke) Rd 2 (1:54)
Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen
Round 1 – I was just starting to respect Chael Sonnen before his recent surge in speaking. Sonnen coming forward putting on the pressure. Sonnen gets the takedown and Nate has a guillotine, he lost it and Sonnen is in his full guard. Elbows from Sonnen, over and over, pounding, punches, and power. We haven’t seen Marquardt get handled like this since, I can’t remember when. Marquardt kicks him off, gets to his feet. Throws a flying knee, Sonnen eats it, then puts Marquardt straight back down to his back. Marquardt is bleeding, most likely from the elbows. Rogan and Goldie are ignoring the action, absolutely ignoring it. And Sonnen is pounding away on Marquardt. Elbows and punches in bunches, unrelenting. Marquardt is surviving but that’s it. I can’t remember Marquardt ever getting handled like this. I give the round to Sonnen 10-8.
Round 2 – Sonnen immediately gets a takedown. Wow. Marquardt looking for a kimura. Sonnen out of danger, and Sonnen in his half guard. Big punches from Sonnen, huge left hand from standing position. Oh man, Marquardt has to be hurt. Marquardt goes for some time of leg submission. Sonnen is bleeding like a stuck pig from an elbow where Nate opened him up. It is literally spewing and dripping blood. Nate is turtled with Sonnen on his back. Marquardt scrambles, he gets up, but Sonnen immediately puts him on his back again. Sonnen pounds with elbows and punches. Sonnen stands up and his face is a mess. I give it to Sonnen another 10-8 round.
Round 3 – Nate goes for a takedown, gets stuffed. Nate throws a lazy side kick and gets put on his back again. Chael Sonnen has exposed a HUGE hole in Marquardt’s game. Sonnen pounding away from inside Nate’s guard. Nate explodes, stands up and Nate has him body locked from behind, drags him back down, and is on top in half guard. Nate stands, catches Sonnen with a knee as he shoots. Marquardt locks in a guillotine, it is very tight, he’s straining, Sonnen’s face turns blue, but Sonnen escapes. Marquardt looks exhausted. Marquardt stands up briefly, lands a couple of shots just before the bell sounds. I still give the round 10-9 to Sonnen, and give the fight 30-25. Sonnen said after the fight the guillotine was VERY tight. Sonnen said, “I believe I can beat any man God ever made.”
OFFICIAL RESULT: Chael Sonnen def. Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3
Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman
Round 1 – I wonder if it’s weird for Randy seeing Shawn Tompkins in Coleman’s corner. What a crazy fight this is. LEGENDS. And Mazzigatti gets the honor of reffing. Left jab from Randy. Again. Again. Again, right on the ching, big right by Randy. Leg kick by Coleman. Uppercut by Randy and Coleman fires back and lands a punch. Left jab by Randy. Huge right hands by Randy and Coleman is rocked. They tie up. Big left hand by Rand, then an uppercut, another one. Elbow by Randy. Couture has him pressed against the cage. Uppercut by Couture. It’s going to be HARD to KO Coleman. The dude is the epitome of TOUGH. Randy still pressing Coleman against the cage. Randy lands two big uppercuts. 1:00 left in the round. Knees to the body by Randy. Dirty boxing by Randy, and Coleman hasn’t even looked for a takedown yet. I give it to Randy 10-9.
Round 2 – Randy landing some punches. Coleman is rocked, and Randy gets the takedown, and has him mounted. Randy laying on the ground and pound. Coleman gives up his back and Couture locks in the rear-naked choke, Coleman doesn’t tap, and it is all over, as the ref stops it. Randy walked in to the song “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent – very fitting. It was Randy’s third fight in seven months.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Randy Couture def. Mark Coleman by submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Rd 2 (1:09)
Obviously, Tito Ortiz said something outside the cage and Coleman heard it. Coleman stopped the post-fight interview, walked over to cage side and said “Fuck you Tito, any time douche bag.” Ha ha ha, that was more entertaining than the fight almost.