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UFC 109 predictions

Mark Coleman gets his hands taped before a

Mark Coleman gets his hands taped before a media workout at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. (Feb. 3, 2010) Photo Credit: AP Photo

Let's see how good I am this time around with the UFC 109 predictions.

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Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman

The two oldest light heavyweights ever will battle in a fight that will look like it what we thought it would look like 13 years ago . . . under three feet of water. It's a ground-and-poundapalooza, and even though we've all joked about the combined age of 90 for these fighters, it will probably turn out to be an enjoyable fight to watch. The pick: Couture by decision.

Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen

Poor Marquardt. He knocks Demain Maia out in 21 seconds and is supposedly the No. 1 contender to Anderson Silva. Next thing you know, Silva has elbow surgery, will fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 112 and Marquardt gets stuck with Sonnen. Dagger. Of course, Sonnen dominated Okami in his last bout, so who knows. The pick: Marquardt by second-round TKO.

Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg

Another case where Serra hates his opponent. Trigg will take this welterweight bout to the ground to use his wrestling advantage. Serra will use his Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt and turn it into a rear naked choke. The pick: Serra via first-round submission.

Mike Swick vs. Paulo Thiago

Swick needs to beat Thiago in order to remain highly regarded at welterweight. A win here, and a GSP victory over Dan Hardy at UFC 111, and we just might see a Swick-GSP title bout. The pick: Swick via first-round TKO.

Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller

This middleweight bout should start on the ground because it shouldn't take long for the submission specialist Maia and the wrestler/jiu-jitsu specialist Miller to take it there. Of course, when these styles match up against each other, it very often winds up being a stand-up war. The pick: Maia via second-round submission.

Mac Danzig vs. Justin Buchholz

A pair of lightweights who are likely fighting for a career extension in the UFC. Danzig has lost his last three fights and is 2-4 in the UFC. Buchholz has dropped two straight and is 1-3 in the UFC. The pick: Buchholz via decision.

Melvin Guillard vs. Ronys Torres

Guillard is 5-4 in the UFC. Four of those wins came by KO/TKO. All four losses were by submission. Torres makes his UFC debut, but the lightweight is a submission specialist. Hmmm. The pick: Guilard by second-round KO.

Phillipe Nover vs. Rob Emerson

Brooklyn-born Nover, the "TUF 8" runner-up, is in a must-win situation here. As is Emerson. Both lightweights have lost their last two fights. If Nover gets the fight to the ground, his jiu-jitsu will take over. The pick: Nover by second-round submission.

Brian Stann vs. Phil Davis

Gotta love Davis' answers on his bio. "Ranks in any martial arts styles: Really, really good white belt in BJJ." Don't know how much that comedy will help him against the more experienced Stann. The pick: Stann via decision.

Tim Hague vs. Chris Tuchscherer

A couple of big ol' heavyweights who like it on the ground. Let's hope they stand up and punch each other all night instead. The pick: Tuchscherer by decision.

Rolles Gracie vs. Joey Beltran

We're going strictly with name recognition in this heavyweight contest. The pick: Gracie via submission.

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