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Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman expected for UFC 109

MISC MMA Chez CoutureAccording to those involved with the bout, former UFC heavyweight champions Randy Couture and Mark Coleman have verbally agreed face each other on February 6 at UFC 109.

The match-up will mark the first time in promotional history two “UFC Hall of Fame” athletes have squared off inside the Octagon.

The news of the showdown between icons was first reported by

Known as the “godfather of ground and pound”, Coleman scored a unanimous decision over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 100 in his last fight, while Couture was more recently victorious in a closely contested three-round affair with Brandon Vera at UFC 104.

The February 2010 event will actually be the second time the two 40-plus grapplers have competed against each other, as they once locked horns in a freestyle-wrestling tournament in 1989 which saw Coleman emerge the winner by a single point.

Other bouts rumored for UFC 109, also known as the “Super Bowl” show, include Anderson Silva defending his middleweight title against Vitor Belfort, as well as a showdown between 185-pounders Dan Miller and Demian Maia.

  • PsYc0tIkDrEaM says:

    I expected this to be a fight if Couture lost to Vera (which imo he did).

    But still wanted to see this fight happen. battle of the old people 😀

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Yes this is great. Both legends both still competitive and both have similar records against a very similar level of opponent. Well done.

  • Jak says:

    I’m not sure what i think. Coleman vs. Rua showed that Coleman still has heart. Couture vs. Nog was one of the fights of the year, but i don’t know about this one.

    It very well could turn out to be a less than stellar grappling for position fight, but i’m going to think positively and hope it turns out like Couture/Nog and is a burn barner!

  • Midget says:

    This doesn’t seem like a step up in competition from Couture’s last fight.I don’t see how a win over Coleman will put him a step closer to a shot at the LHW belt. Would rather see him fight a Top 10 contender. Maybe a Jardine or the winner of Luis Cane v Lil Nog.

    This fight could also be the oldest combined age of fighters to go head to head in the UFC!

  • xtreme_machine says:

    Great fight!

    But people do not count out Coleman. He beat Bonnar and almost beat Rua.

    Winner will face Tito (if he wins)

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I think Coleman is the sleeper here, as he is still a very strong wrestler and as he showed in the Bonner fight he worked a lot on conditioning. I see Randy trying to use a gameplan similar to the Lesnar fight here and keep it standing and bang with Coleman, a great fight 10 years ago, but now just a very entertaining one.

  • Connor Cobain says:

    I love it. Its honestly a fight Couture can win and itll give the UFC an excuse to give him another title shot. Though it doesn’t seem like it I bet Couture will fight either Machida or Rua next. But for this fight its an easy fight to sell. Hall of famer and the most decorated champion in the UFC Randy “The Natural” Couture fights The Grandfather of Ground and Pound and fellow Hall of Famer Mark “The Hammer” Coleman for a chance to chalendge the light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (or Shogun Rua) for the title.

  • Rich S. says:

    I’ll say this..
    If Coleman performs like he did against Shogun, and Couture performs like he did against Vera, this will be the single most boring fight in the history of MMA..

    But, it’s one of those that just kind of has to happen..

    I’m very surprised that they aren’t pushing Randy right into a title shot..

    Oh, and Randy takes this by however he wants..
    If he wants to throw some punches, he may get a TKO..
    Otherwise, Randy via UD..

  • danw84 says:

    fanoftna33: I think Coleman is the sleeper here, as he is still a very strong wrestler and as he showed in the Bonner fight he worked a lot on conditioning. I see Randy trying to use a gameplan similar to the Lesnar fight here and keep it standing and bang with Coleman, a great fight 10 years ago, but now just a very entertaining one.

    Are you serious? They both gassed like 15 seconds into the fight. That was one of the most pathetic shows of conditioning I had ever seen before a few of the fights this season of TUF.

  • Vogairian says:

    I think this is more of a fight to see where Randy is at. If Randy doesn’t show here, even in a win, I don’t think he’ll be looking a title shot any time soon.

  • BigDave says:

    Although this could be a great fight and i’m looking forward to it lets face it, this isn’t going to go a long way to either of these guys getting a title shot. These are two great warriors and deserve all there accolades but they are both nearing the end of there careers and are just collecting paydays now. The new breed control the division now and the future looks bright at 205.

  • cere says:

    It will be interesting to see how the UFC markets this. They will obviously hype it as a battle of legends, but it would be funny to see them sell it as a seniors event.

    Both have strong wrestling but Coleman is trying to get back into shape while Randy never got out of shape. Coleman had to go to Xtreme Couture to get his training and conditioning improved, while Randy is already in great shape and is where Coleman wants to get to.

    Randy via 2nd round stoppage.

  • islandguy says:

    Cool. Sort of like the UFC is building a seniors league.

  • Angry Mike says:

    The fight doesn’t have any title implications. Both are respected fighters and Couture is a legend, but neither will fight for the light heavyweight title. Neither could compete with a fully rehabilitated Rua, Machida, or Rashad, to name just a few of the top tier.

    Unlike his fight with Vera, I’d expect Couture to come out swinging and to push the pace. If he catches Coleman early and hurts him, Coleman may not have the condtioning to recover and grapple effectively. A big part of Couture’s success has been knowing how to fight a particular opponent, and I question whether he’ll do Coleman the favor of turning the fight into a wrestling match.

  • joshuawood says:

    Old Man Strength! Coleman will win!

  • manny says:

    Whoever has the best stand up will win (Coture). Now giving that the refs help out Coture when he’s on the clinch for 2 mins with no seperation from the ref, it should help gnp the creator of the gnp. Yes the refs helped him out in the win agains vera, as soonas vera took him down, the ref would stand them up. Two washed up figthers and dont really care who wins.

  • nate says:

    battle of two fore fathers of the sport will be a good sell considering the names involved..gets rid of another fight on randy & colemans new contracts and wont screw up divisional standings either way. randy does however need to SHOW here. if he turns in the same performance he did against vera and tries to use the cage as his only means of damage and coleman turns in the same performance were going to see two men who look great for over 40 looking like two men over forty pushing eachother around for fifteen minutes. neither has ko power and are so good at wrestling i dont see a stoppage unless someone gets clipped. i see this as a fight to display old man strength and show respect to two great men. im just not looking forward to it with high hopes for an exciting fight.


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