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(For those of you who hate reading, watch me, Steve Cofield, and Dave Farra run through our betting picks for Raw Vegas.)

The UFC’s Seniors Tour kicks into high gear this weekend with the Randy Couture-Mark Coleman main event at UFC 109, which means the gamblers among us have even more variables to take into account than usual. We may not have to worry about Octagon jitters from these guys, but we do have to ask ourselves other important questions, like whose joints are more viable these days? Who starts more sentences with, ‘Back in my day…’? Who will reek worse of Icy Hot at fight time? Perhaps most importantly, who needs that win bonus more?

Some things for you to ponder as we look at current betting lines from across the internet, courtesy of

Randy Couture (-396) vs. Mark Coleman (+350)
Nate Marquardt (-350) vs. Chael Sonnen (+325)
Mike Swick (-220) vs. Paulo Thiago (+202)
Matt Serra (-130) vs. Frank Trigg (+125)
Dan Miller (+325) vs. Demian Maia (-330)

The breakdown…

- Some oddsmakers (see above video) may have Couture at a ridiculous 5-1, but -396 seems to be the closest and most sensible line out there. That’s still a little too uncomfortable for us. Should Couture win this fight? Absolutely. Is Coleman so outmatched that he deserves to be counted out entirely? No way. Couture didn’t look great in his last fight with Vera, and if there’s one thing Coleman can still do it’s wrestling and clinch-fighting. It’s not unthinkable for him to pull out a decision over Couture, but we’re not going to bet on it. This is one for the parlay.

– Marquardt has several different ways he can win this fight, while Sonnen only has one, and it involves him outworking Nate the Great en route to a decision. Sonnen is nothing if not a workhorse, but Marquardt is simply the more talented fighter. If he keeps his head and doesn’t get frustrated, he wins this down the stretch. At -350, however, it’s more parlay fodder.

– Let’s talk underdogs. You got Paulo Thiago at 2-1, Trigg at just a touch better than even, and Miller at a little more than 3-1. The best choice to win is obviously Trigg, but if you need to bet big in order to save the family farm, don’t overlook Miller. If the fight stays on the mat, he’ll probably lose. You have to think he knows that though, and his jiu-jitsu is good enough to stay alive through the inevitable Maia guard-pull that gets most guys. If he makes it past the first three minutes, he has a very real chance to put Maia away on the feet. Matter of fact, we got twenty bucks says that’s exactly what happens.

Official Cage Potato Parlay: Couture + Marquardt + Swick + Serra. What can we say? The choice between angry midget and tramp stamp is really no choice at all.

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Shank Murwyn- February 5, 2010 at 8:23 am
What if Randy and Mark had a lovechild together? Do you suppose they´d name the baby Mandy Coultureman if it turned out that the aforementioned child has both male and female parts?
J-Dog- February 4, 2010 at 6:27 am
Not a bad interview, but ben you might think about using some warmer lights next time.. you looked like a Smurf.
ghostboner- February 4, 2010 at 1:39 am
It would also be hilarious if Trigg came in and pulled a Serra on Matt Serra.
ghostboner- February 4, 2010 at 1:37 am
The official GB parlay - Couture-Marquardt-Swick-Serra-Maia

I hope Coleman pulls it out somehow. I don't know how, but I hope he does.
I think Maia is smart enough to realize his stand up could use some work. I think he will come in a much improved fighter from last time.
Jazzninja- February 4, 2010 at 12:14 am
Just one comment that's hardly worth mentioning... the lighting in the room and on you looked a bit pale and blue. Maybe different/brighter lighting would be something for next time.
Jazzninja- February 4, 2010 at 12:06 am
Good to see you getting some exposure Mr Ben. You give exposure to a lot of interviewers and don't get much yourself. As far as I can see you fit right in presentation-wise and professionally.
CheckHisPee- February 3, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Rough day?
King_KP- February 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm
Feel the same way Patrick, Miller is not going to beat Maia, whether or not it get's past 3 minutes...if Maia doesn't decide to throw any kicks (specifically the slow motion leg kick) that is...
roms15- February 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm
why does steve cofield talk in fast forward?
Patrick- February 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm
No way Miller is beating Maia.
EddieStrike- February 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm
You guys finally gave the Fightpicker it's own button, my life is complete.
steampunk22- February 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm
Good call with the parlay, if I end up betting this card though I agree that dropping a ton of money on Marquardt or Coleman is probably not worth the payoff.

But anyways, good vid.
shitbag- February 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm
I hate, hate HATE Steve Cofield! Steve Cofield is the WORST MMA JOURNALIST ON EARTH!

He is stupid, and acts like some kind of frat boy, but he's too old to act like that now. The questions he sometimes asks fighters is really annoying and stupid. The overriding things is its so obvious this tool has NEVER had any kind of actual personal experience in combat sports of any kind, yet he tried to be mr. cool guy cuz he's interviews fighters, when really he just sucks.
Häkkiperuna- February 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm
He is a bobblehead.
FreddyFangers- February 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm
Colfield has a face for radio....
AaronDaane- February 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm
Why does Cofield always sit so damn close to the camera? He looks like a Bobblehead.