It had been heavily rumored for quite some time, and today UFC.com has officially announced that “UFC 109: Relentless” will be taking place inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center on February 6th. The world’s biggest MMA show confirmed five bouts in all, including the main event between UFC Hall of Famers Randy Couture and Mark Coleman.
“Couture vs. Coleman is one of those dream matchups that fans have always talked about,” UFC president Dana White stated. “And when you consider that these are two of the greatest wrestlers turned mixed martial artists ever, and it’s the first time that two guys who have already earned their way into the UFC Hall of Fame are fighting each other, this is not only an intriguing matchup, but a historic one.”
“This is by far the biggest fight of my career,” Coleman told the website. “I have nothing but respect both inside and outside of the Octagon for Randy Couture. He is one of the greatest in the history of MMA. It’s an honor to accept this challenge to fight him and a win here would be one of the top highlights of my career. I expect to win, and will prepare for a war. I will do all I can to make this an exciting fight for the fans.”
Couture was last seen taking a controversial unanimous decision victory over Brandon Vera at UFC 105 last month. It was his first light heavyweight fight in nearly 3 years. The fan-favorite has respectfully requested this showdown for a while and it will finally happen under Vegas’ bright lights.
“Mark Coleman is another classic matchup for me,” said Couture. “Like (Antonio Rodrigo) Nogueira, this is a fight that was supposed to happen a long time ago and is finally now a reality. Mark has a tremendous wrestling pedigree, and his collegiate and freestyle background has taken him a long way in MMA. I look forward to testing my skills and fighting spirit against another UFC Hall of Fame fighter.”
In addition to this light heavyweight scrap, the organization also confirmed that Josh Koscheck will be granted his mulligan against Paulo Thiago. The Brazilian pulled off the shocking TKO upset when he put Kos down in the 1stRound at UFC 95 back in February.
Also, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will make his second Octagon appearance as he faces the aforementioned Vera in a 205-pound battle.
Nate Marquardt will once again have to prove his “top contender” status as he has been assigned to Chael Sonnen. Marquardt may have been one of the few happy to see fellow 185-pound top contender Dan Henderson exit the Octagon stage-left yesterday, as he should be next in line for Anderson Silva’s title.
However, White remains hellbent on keeping the Vitor Belfort/Anderson Silva title bout in tact for when the champ is fully recovered from elbow surgery.
Finally, former welterweight champ Matt Serra will face MMA journeyman Frank Trigg. It will most likely be Trigg’s final UFC fight if he posts another L.
Here are all of the fighters rumored/confirmed to be participating in the pay-per-view broadcast:
Rolles Gracie vs. Mostapha Al Turk
Melvin Guillard vs. Ronnys Torres
Renzo Gracie vs. Matt Hughes
Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller
Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg
Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Brandon Vera
Josh Koshcheck vs. Paulo Thiago
Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman