UFC 109

UFC 109: Relentless was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on February 6, 2010 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.[3]


A previously rumoured bout between Renzo Gracie and Matt Hughes did not take place on this card, but took place at UFC 112.[4]

A Middleweight Championship bout between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort was confirmed by UFC President Dana White,[5] although it was contingent on Silva's successful recovery from elbow surgery.[6] Subsequently, the fight was rescheduled due to Silva's continued slow healing from surgery.[7] The Silva vs. Belfort bout is to take place at UFC 112.[8]

Antônio Rogério Nogueira had to withdraw from his bout against Brandon Vera due to an ankle injury.[9] It was announced that Vera would face Eliot Marshall at the event.

UFC newcomer Joey Beltran was scheduled to face Chase Gormley, but Gormley withdrew due to an injury. Cheick Kongo filled in after a short rest from UFC 107.

Josh Koscheck was scheduled to face Paulo Thiago, but was forced off the card with an injury. Mike Swick stepped in as Koscheck's replacement and fought Thiago.[10]

Thiago Alves made is return after a long hiatus following his title bout with Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100. He was initially scheduled to face Carlos Condit, but Condit suffered an injury and withdrew. Chris Lytle was rumored to be Condit's replacement, but instead fought Brian Foster at UFC 110. Jonathan Goulet eventually stepped in to face Alves.

Gabriel Gonzaga was rumored to fight Ben Rothwell, but Rothwell instead fought Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 110. Gonzaga was without an opponent until Kimbo Slice stepped in.

The bout between Randy Couture and Mark Coleman was originally scheduled for UFC 17 in 1998, but a Couture injury forced the cancellation of the bout. Nearly twelve years later, this bout headlined UFC 109.[11]

Mostapha Al-turk ran into visa issues that almost prevented him from making the trip to Las Vegas his fight against Rolles Gracie. However, Al-turk managed to work it out and fought Gracie at UFC 109.

Dana White also announced that the winner of the Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen fight would receive a title shot against the winner of the Silva/Belfort fight at UFC 112.[12] However a week later Vitor Belfort had suffered an injury and Sonnen wasn't cleared to fight that soon. Demian Maia later fought Anderson Silva at UFC 112.


Preliminary Card

Al-turk defeated Gracie via TKO (punches) at 1:31 of round 2. This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Couture vs. Coleman fight.
Hague and Tuchscherer fought to a majority draw (29–28, 28-28, 28–28).
Davis defeated Stann via unanimous decision (30–26, 30–26, 30–27). This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Swick vs. Thiago fight.
Emerson defeated Nover via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).
Guillard defeated Torres via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).
Danzig defeated Buchholz via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).
Kongo defeated Beltran by TKO (knees) at 2:23 of round 2. This fight aired on the Spike TV broadcast following the Gonzaga vs. Slice fight.
Leites defeated Rosholt by submission (kneebar) at 1:23 of round 1. This fight aired on the Spike TV broadcast following the Alves vs. Goulet fight.

Main Card

Serra defeated Trigg via KO (punches) at 2:23 of round 1.
Maia defeated Miller via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28).
Thiago defeated Swick via technical submission (d'arce choke) at 1:54 of round 2.
Vera defeated Marshall by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Sonnen defeated Marquardt via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
Couture defeated Coleman via technical submission (rear naked choke) at 3:09 of round 2. This was the first time two UFC Hall of Famers fought one another. This was also Couture's first submission in 4 years.

Bonus awards

Fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses.[13]

  • Fight of the Night: United States Nate Marquardt vs. United States Chael Sonnen
  • Knockout of the Night: United States Matt Serra and Brazil Thiago Alves
  • Submission of the Night: Brazil Paulo Thiago and Brazil Thales Leites

Reported payout

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the UFC and also do not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.[14]

  • Randy Couture: $550,000 ($150,000 win bonus) def. Mark Coleman: $100,000
  • Chael Sonnen: $64,000 ($32,000 win bonus) def. Nate Marquardt: $55,000
  • Brandon Vera: $49,000 ($13,000 win bonus) def. Eliot Marshall: $15,000
  • Paulo Thiago: $45,000 ($15,000 win bonus) def. Mike Swick: $53,000
  • Demian Maia: $91,000 ($31,000 win bonus) def. Dan Miller: $25,000
  • Matt Serra: $175,000 ($75,000 win bonus) def. Frank Trigg: $45,000
  • Gabriel Gonzaga: $106,000 ($30,000 win bonus) def. Kimbo Slice: $25,000
  • Thiago Alves: $95,000 ($35,000 win bonus) def. Jonathan Goulet: $10,000
  • Thales Leites: $105,000 ($20,000 win bonus) def. Jake Rosholt: $23,000
  • Cheick Kongo: $165,000 ($52,000 win bonus) def. Joey Beltran: $6,000
  • Mac Danzig: $40,000 ($20,000 win bonus) def. Justin Buchholz: $10,000
  • Melvin Guillard: $33,000 ($14,000 win bonus) def. Ronys Torres: $9,000
  • Rob Emerson: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus) def. Phillipe Nover: $13,000
  • Phil Davis: $15,000 ($5,000 win bonus) def. Brian Stann: $17,000
  • Chris Tuchscherer: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Tim Hague: $10,000
  • Mostapha Al-turk: $30,000 ($16,000 win bonus) def. Rolles Gracie: $15,000

Television rating & buy rate

The preliminary bouts shown on Spike TV at 9 pm EST drew a series-high of 6.7 million viewers. The live pay-per-view broadcast did better than expected with 350,000 buys. [15]


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