Randy Couture proved that his 46 is younger than Mark Coleman’s 45 Saturday night with a seemingly routine submission victory early in the second round. Coleman hardly participated in the bout, spending most of the fight leaning against the fence getting punched in the face. After more clinch work in the second round Couture was able to drag Coleman to the mat and eventually cinched up a rear naked choke, putting the ex-Buckeye wrestler to sleep just before he could tap… he was a step slow all night. Next for Couture? A match with a top 5 contender in the 205 lb. division. Next for Coleman? Hopefully retirement. The MMA legend needs to either begin his new life in a recliner or accept a demeaning role as gatekeeper for the division, a role I hope to never have to see the godfather of ground-and-pound fill.
In the co-main event of the evening Chael Sonnen backed up all the shit he’s been talking in his annoying high-pitched voice, grinding his way to an unanimous decision victory and earning the next shot at UFC middleweight gold. Nate Marquardt had no answer for Sonnen’s wrestling and spent most of the 15 minutes stuck with the politically fueled Sonnen in his guard eating hammer fists and elbows. Despite a few scares the 5 to 1 underdog pulled out the win just like he said he would, now he’s got to sit back and see who comes out of UFC 112 with the middleweight belt.
Rest of the pack:
- Paulo Thiago won the rubber match against AKA’s top three welterweights earning submission of the night with a d’arce choke that sent Mike Swick into a deathly looking nap.
- Matt “The Terra” Serra won knockout of the night for putting veteran Frank Trigg on queer street with an overhand right. Next for Serra? Pasta and meatballs. Serra, once a 155 lb. fighter, has been known to exceed 200 lbs. outside of training camp. He must watch a lot of sports.