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UFC 109 Full Card Preview And Thoughts

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UFC 109 isn't one of the most heralded of fight cards in recent memory, but there are several things taking place on the card that could affect the landscape of things.  This all of course depends on how things shake out during the event.  So I wanted to do a quick overview/synopsis if you will over what could turn out to be a solid card overall.

-Coleman vs. Couture:  I've said it already, but I think this fight is a lot closer than the betting lines.  The only real difference between the two fighters is their cardio.  However, Coleman does have the benefit of having Shawn Tompkins in his corner who's very familiar with Couture.  If Coleman can steal the first round and gain some confidence, it could get real interesting when it goes to the judges.  Because that's where this fight is heading in my opinion.  Then the kicker will be what the UFC decides to do if Couture wins, as long as it's not a title shot we are good.  If Coleman performs well in a losing effort, it could buy him one more fight in the UFC.  However, if he loses badly it could be curtains on a good career.

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-Sonnen vs. Marquardt: Sonnen has said it all in his pre-fight interviews.  He knows that Marquardt is better than he is everywhere, but he's mistaken in thinking he's the better fighter.  However, I do expect Sonnen to put up a good fight.  Once Marquardt wins, maybe we'll get to see that re-match with Anderson Silva that he so rightly deserves(if Silva beats Belfort of course).

-Swick vs. Thiago: Swick is going to have his hands full in this one.  A loss for him would help break up the monotony of the AKA guys in the title picture.  A win for Thiago, an impressive win probably gives him the winner of Koscheck/Daley.  That's just speculation on my part but it sounds good. 

-Maia vs. Miller:  Maia will sub Miller when this fight hits the ground, regardless of it Miller has earned is blackbelt or not.  He better keep it standing if he wants a chance at a victory.  Maia re-asserts himself in the division here IMO.

-Serra vs. Trigg: This is basically a loser leaves town type of deal here.  Especially if it's Frank Trigg on the short end of the stick.  It's hard to determine what Trigg has left in the tank since he got decimated by Koscheck in his last fight.  Serra fought well against an aging Hughes, but that fight was close to a year ago as well.  Yall said in the poll that Serra is the overwhelming favorite, so we'll see.

-Danzig vs. Buchholz:  This is essentially Serra vs. Trigg in the lightweight division that will air on Spike TV.  Danzing, a former TUF winner, could be the first one cut from the promotion if he takes an L.  BTW, he had pretty much said as much.

-Torres vs. Guillard: Torres will be making his UFC debut after having it delayed multiple times due to injuries.  He's facing the perfect opponent in Guillard who's known for just falling into submissions.  Torres is a huge lightweight cutting over 30 pounds.  So he'll look to announce himself to the UFC audience on Spike TV.  A loss for Guillard probably gets him cut once again.

-Nover vs. Emerson:  This is probably Nover's last chance to fulfill any of the hype he had going into the TUF finale in which he lost to Efrain Escudero.  He's endured some health problems, but with a win could get himself back on the right track. 

-Davis vs. Stann:  Another fighter making this UFC debut in Phil Davis, a heavily touted amateur wrestler who's 4-0.  However, he's taking on a pretty tough guy in his first UFC fight in Brian Stann.  Stann is fighting his second opponent in a row that's making their UFC debut.  He bested North Carolina's own Rodney Wallace in his last matchup.

-Hague vs. Tuchscherer:  Hague is coming off that quick loss to Todd Duffee, while Tuchscherer is coming off the mauling loss to Gabriel Gonzaga.  Both of these heavyweights need a win to stay in the UFC more than likely.

-Gracie vs. Beltran: Another fighter making their UFC debut in Rolles Gracie.  Of course he has a good ground game, and he's fighting a guy that's taking this fight on short notice since Al-Turk had to pull out of the fight.  Gracie will be looking to honor his family name and leave the octagon with a win.