The fighters for UFC 109: Relentless are set to tip the scales from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada so it is a pretty good time to preview this event.
While this may be coming a little late in the game, "Relentless" hasn't necessarily been promoted as a marquee event and with the card assembled, it certainly is getting just what it deserves.
Among the storylines for 109 is a battle for the ages, (or is it of the ages? ) when UFC Hall-of-Famers Randy Couture, 46, and Mark Coleman, 45, meet in the octagon in a historic contest.
And while it might be just a fight for show, a fight that is long past being of any consequence, it could still have some ramifications in the light heavyweight division and perhaps be a memorable main event.
In addition to the main event, Dana White and Joe Silva have assembled a middleweight title eliminator bout between Nate Marquardt (32-8-2) and Chael Sonnen (25-10-1). Both are coming off of big time wins and the implications at stake are enough to make this a noteworthy bout.
Look for the ever-improving and always impressive Marquardt to overwhelm (and hopefully shut up) the mouthy Sonnen.
Beneath those fights on the card are two solid bouts between welterweights Mike Swick (filling in for his injured teammate Josh Koscheck) and Paulo Thiago as well as a middleweight matchup featuring Damien Maia and Dan Miller.
Can Swick regain his form after dropping a tough decision against Dan Hardy, thus inserting him back into the picture at 170 lbs? Or does Thiago continue his impressive insurgence in the division?
And can Maia bounce back after a disheartening knockout loss to Marquardt by beating the tough Miller?
Very interesting storylines indeed.
And then there's the completely unappealing bout between Matt Serra and Frank Trigg. I can't believe I have to even mention this fight due to it being on the main card.
So while it perhaps isn't the most exciting card, UFC 109 looks to have enough intriguing storylines to keep MMA fans compelled this weekend. Enjoy your Super Bowl weekend and as always enjoy the fights!
Mark Coleman by unanimous decision
Nate Marquardt by 1st rd TKO
Mike Swick by 2nd rd TKO
Damien Maia by submission, 2nd rd
who cares? but if I have to pick, probably Trigg by unanimous decision