Chael Sonnen Upsets Marquadt At UFC 109
Marquardt was the favorite going in and widely considered the second ranked middleweight in the world, but Sonnen continued his winning streak by pulling the upset and gaining a title shot with his UFC 109 unanimous decision victory against the winner of Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort that main events UFC 112 on April 10 in Abu Dhabi.
Serra KO's Trigg With Signature Right Hand
Before the fight on Saturday night, Frank Trigg commented how Matt Serra catches everyone he fights with his big right hand. Despite the preparation, lighting struck once again as Serra clubbed Trigg with that right en route to a first round TKO win at UFC 109.
Danzig And Guillard Look Rejuvenated At UFC 109
The UFC 109 prelims did not disappoint with Mac Danzig, who was seemingly fighting for his UFC career on Saturday night, and it paid off as he performed with a rejuvenated spirit, while Melvin Guillard carried the spirit of New Orleans with him getting the victory over Ronys Torres.
Dana White: "I think tonight was probably Coleman's last fight in the UFC"
LAS VEGAS – "The Godfather of Ground and Pound" may have stepped into the octagon for his final time.Following Mark Coleman's second-round loss to fellow UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture in the main event of Saturday night's UFC 109 event, UFC president Dana White told a small group of reporters that "The Hammer" was likely done fighting for the organization."I think tonight was probably Coleman's last fight in the UFC," White said.
UFC 109 bonuses: Sonnen, Marquardt, Thiago, and Serra earn $60K each
LAS VEGAS – Chael Sonnen, Nate Marquardt, Paulo Thiago, and Matt Serra each earned $60,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Saturday's "UFC 109: Relentless" event.Sonnen and Marquardt both earned "Fight of the Night" honors, while Thiago earned the "Submission of the Night" bonus and Serra earned the "Knockout of the Night" award.
Swick Looks For Redemption Following Loss
Living with regret is a tough place for any fighter to reside. Nobody understands that better than UFC welterweight Mike Swick, who steps in on short notice to face Paulo Thiago at UFC 109 to help erase the memories of his last fight against Dan Hardy.
Trigg Pulls Out All The Stops For UFC 109
Frank Trigg has come full circle since his first tour of duty in the UFC over six years ago. The two-time welterweight title challenger returns Saturday night at UFC 109 in Las Vegas.After a successful career as a middleweight in several organizations around the globe, including the now defunct Pride Fighting Championship and Icon Sport, Trigg returned to the 170-pound division and the UFC last Sept. against contender Josh Koscheck.
UFC 109 live weigh-in results
Mark Coleman (205) vs. Randy Couture (205)
Nate Marquardt (186) vs. Chael Sonnen (185)
Mike Swick (171) vs. Paulo Thiago (170)
Demian Maia (186) vs. Dan Miller (185)
Matt Serra (169) vs. Frank Trigg (171)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)
Justin Buchholz (156) vs. Mac Danzig (156)
Melvin Guillard (155) vs. Ronys Torres (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Un-aired)
Rob Emerson (155) vs. Phillipe Nover (155)
Phil Davis (205) vs. Brian Stann (205)
Tim Hague (263) vs. Chris Tuchscherer (263)
Joey Beltran (238) vs. Rolles Gracie (247)
Coleman Is Fighting Couture With Respect
Legends are a rare commodity in any sport. Even more rare is the chance to see two legends compete against each other at any given time. The NFL missed out on Peyton Manning vs. Brett Favre in the Super Bowl, but MMA fans are about to get the first ever match-up of UFC Hall of Famers when Mark "The Hammer" Coleman faces Randy Couture at UFC 109.
Dana White Reacts To Sonnen's Recent Rants
"He said there’s no such thing as a game plan. Really? That’s interesting, how do you figure that? There’s all these guys that pretend to know what they’re doing; you don’t want any corner men? You don’t come up with a game plan? Tell Randy Couture there’s no such thing as a game plan. Randy Couture won most of his fights off having incredible game plans."
Coleman asks Marquardt to knockout Sonnen
Chael Sonnen has talked a lot the last two weeks. He's had more than a few fighters in his verbal crosshairs. Strangely enough, his opponent Nate Marquardt hasn't been one of them. Maybe Sonnen felt like it would be an unfair verbal fight "Nate the Great" was unlikely to fire back. Marquardt is one of the more quiet and respectful fighters but he didn't hesitate to take a mild shot at Sonnen at natemarquardt.com on Thursday.
UFC Undisputed Cover Shows Brock Lesnar Is Star of the Show
He fought just once in 2009 and won't fight again until the summer, but there's no disputing that Brock Lesnar is the biggest star in the UFC.
The latest piece of evidence: Lesnar has been chosen for the cover of UFC Undisputed 2010.
For the UFC, choosing Lesnar as the cover boy is an affirmative statement that the heavyweight champion, whose last fight was a victory over Frank Mir at UFC 100, is the face of the promotion. All four of the other champions -- Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn -- are popular fighters who would have been worthy choices to make the cover, but none of them has even close to the drawing power of Lesnar.
With refined mental approach, UFC 109's Melvin Guillard eyes fresh start
Melvin Guillard (22-8-2 MMA, 5-4 UFC) would like to introduce himself to you.
That may seem a little silly as he prepares to make his 10th appearance for the UFC, but Guillard insists "The Young Assassin" that will step into the cage with Ronnys Torres (14-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) for Saturday night's UFC 109 event in Las Vegas is unlike any version of him you've ever seen before.
"Right now, I feel that I'm 0-0," Guillard recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) for The Dallas Morning News. "I'm wiping my slate clean. I'm not looking back."
After first career loss, UFC 109's Demian Maia worked on stand up but expects to grapple
As the old mixed-martial-arts saying goes, "No one stays unbeaten forever."
But of course, no one likes to get beaten the way top UFC middleweight Demian Maia (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) was in his UFC 102 contest with Nate Marquardt.
Maia doesn't believe in that other old saying – "That loss was the best thing that could have happened," he said – but he does believe the lessons learned in that 21-second disaster will have him more than ready for Dan Miller at Saturday night's UFC 109 event.