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Report: Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman to Headline UFC 109

(Whaddya say, old-timer? One last job, for all the Lipitor?)

According to Sherdog, UFC hall-of-famers Randy Couture and Mark Coleman have verbally agreed to a light-heavyweight headlining match at UFC 109 (February 6th, Las Vegas). Combined age for the fight: 90. At 46 years and five months old at the time of his decision win over Brandon Vera last weekend, Couture is the oldest person to score a victory in the UFC. (If only Ron van Clief had pulled off the upset.) Coleman, who made his Octagon debut at UFC 10 in July 1996, has had the longest career of any fighter currently under contract with Zuffa.

The pairing tells us two things. First, that the UFC realizes a razor-thin decision over Brandon Vera isn’t enough to throw Couture directly into a 205-pound title fight; he’ll need at least one more win over somebody he can beat, preferably by stoppage. And second, that the UFC is absolutely desperate for headlining bouts. Couture vs. Coleman may turn out to be a #1 light-heavyweight contender’s match, but it certainly doesn’t deserve to be. Unfortunately, there are no bigger fights available to main-event the card. Though a middleweight title match between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort was previously expected to headline UFC 109, Belfort says he may be fighting someone else at the February show.

Fun fact: In 1989, Couture and Coleman met in a freestyle wrestling match at the 1989 Olympic Festival at Oklahoma State; Coleman won by one point. So you can expect the UFC to start referring to this fight as a "MAIN EVENT GRUDGE MATCH."

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G Funk- November 19, 2009 at 10:30 am
tallkitchenbags, 15 or 16 years ago? Nobody even heard of these two! Way to exaggerate!
ithertz- November 18, 2009 at 7:23 pm
is that picture of coleman from before his last fight started? i'm just sayin the dude ain't got much cardio.
WuTangClan- November 18, 2009 at 5:13 pm
"UFC 109 - Battle of the Blood Pressue"
tallkitchenbags- November 18, 2009 at 3:46 pm
UFC 109, brought to you by Depends
tallkitchenbags- November 18, 2009 at 3:44 pm
WTF is DWhite smoking? does he really expect anyone to care about this match? 15-18 years ago maybe, but jesusfuckaduck this is seriously lame matchmaking.

strikeforce is looking better every minute.
Null Kuhl- November 18, 2009 at 1:54 pm
UFC 109 - Battle of the Blankets!
MostDiabolicalHaterThisSideOfTheMississippi- November 18, 2009 at 1:38 pm
I used this on bloodyelbow but whatever.....

UFC 109 - Combined Ages
axhed- November 18, 2009 at 1:02 pm
randy's old man strength ain't gonna be enough against mark coleman's.... old man strength.
NateGetsIrate- November 18, 2009 at 10:26 am
ijustcreatedanaccount FTW!

I love that picture of Coleman. It looks like he just spotted someone eating a banana.
NateGetsIrate- November 18, 2009 at 10:08 am
@ Skeletor:

LOL @ "I wonder if Coleman will kick Couture out of his gym so he can train?" That's a really good question!
ijustcreatedanaccounttocrackwise- November 18, 2009 at 9:53 am
whoever wins this takes it by lay and grey
for the love of mma- November 18, 2009 at 9:39 am
a battle of the oldies!!!!
831 Son- November 18, 2009 at 8:47 am
Pretty good comments. I agree too that this is absolutely NOT main event quality. I will pay nothing to see them fight. They are almost Undercard quality or at least #4 or 5 on the main card.
Viva Hate- November 18, 2009 at 8:40 am
How about UFC 109:Retirement

Coleman vs. Couture
Renzo Gracie vs. Matt Hughes
Matt Serra vs. ?

G Funk- November 18, 2009 at 8:20 am
" I don't give a fuck if Forrest beat Rua, that shit would never happen again."

I second that!
Kimbos Bread- November 18, 2009 at 8:19 am
Somebody's gonna need a new hip after this one.
portland mma- November 18, 2009 at 7:57 am
I think this is going to be more like bingo then chess.
Titos Head- November 18, 2009 at 7:54 am
Seniors Bout!!
portland mma- November 18, 2009 at 7:42 am
I don't mind having Couture fighting guys he can beat, I just dont want to see it on the main event. I really wouldn't be upset if I didn't see this epic match of the 46 year olds.
Viva Hate- November 18, 2009 at 7:41 am
Word ,
UFC 109:Geriatrics
fACE7biter- November 18, 2009 at 7:39 am
@MF Joel:
That sounds reasonable. Although, none of those guys will have more than 2-3 consecutive LHW wins under their belt at that point, making a title shot kind of shallow(which is fairly normal for the UFC). Guess we mgiht end up seeing Tito Vs. Coleman after all. That will probably be labeled as GRUDGE MATCH considering Coleman's manager talked shit about Tito's cumdumpster wife. Out of all 4 guys, I don't see any of them beating Machida or Rua, I don't give a fuck if Forrest beat Rua, that shit would never happen again.
Goog- November 18, 2009 at 7:33 am
I just said this about two weeks ago and here we go again. One year ago, "The UFC is poised for the biggest fight in history!!! It's gonna be war between Couture and Lesnar!!! This is a real threat! Never count Randy out!!! He has a better chance than anyone blah blah blah" and the world was on his nuts as a superhero. Now, he's been reduced to an aged joke that people bitch about headlining a card. He hasn't exactly been getting his shit pushed in like Liddell did at the end. I'm impressed with him and will watch as long as he cares to fight. This is just me, but I'd rather watch Randy wrestle and box for 15-25 minutes than waste $50 on a 40 second first round TKO. At least you get your money's worth.

It's just kinda lame how the accolades get moved from fighter to fighter from one PPV to the next. Everyone hated Machida. He finished two fights... it's now an "era". Then he wins another decision and takes a verbal raping. When Jon Jones loses his first, he'll become Chris Leben 2.0. But fight fans are about as fair-weather as they come. Randy's been working hard in his fights. He's not gassing out in 4 minutes like Coleman.

Fear not, Randy. They may not love Captain America anymore and complain about money for your fights, but they'll still pay $200 for your jeans and $80 for a t-shirt to dress like you.
MF Joel- November 18, 2009 at 7:14 am
The obvious thing, depending on how injured everyone is, is to throw the winner of this up against Tito if he wins against Forrest, while Machida makes his second defence against Rua. Then you've got a semi-legit challenger. If Forrest and Randy both win - and I hope and think they will - then the UFC is screwed again.
Googs- November 18, 2009 at 7:13 am
Loser retires in the ring. That would create some interest for me. High stakes... loser leaves his gloves and mouthpiece in the Octagon and vows never to fight again.
MIRJITSU- November 18, 2009 at 7:13 am
The only way this fight is interesting in the least is if both Couture and Coleman go at each other like Rocky and Apollo Creed at the end of Rocky III and punch each other at the exact same time... and then POOF!!!>...both of their old asses turn into dust!!