Predictions for UFC 109

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

Here are the always dangerous Scrapyard predictions for the pay-per- view portion of UFC 109:

- Mark Coleman vs. Randy Couture -- A big-name battle of grapplers. Should be a wrestler's fight with a lot of clinching, dirty boxing and groundwork.

PREDICTION: Couture by unanimous decision.

- Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen -- The winner gets a middleweight title shot. Sonnen is a game fighter, but his last four wins are via decision. Marquardt, coming off a 21-second KO of Demian Maia, likes to finish things off.

PREDICTION: Marquardt by second-round TKO.

- Mike Swick vs. Paulo Thiago -- Thiago has suffered only one loss, a decision to Jon Fitch. The rangy Swick tends to fight in spurts and is coming off a loss to Dan Hardy.

PREDICTION: Thiago by second-round TKO.

- Demian Maia vs. Dan Miller -- Coming off his first career loss, jiu-jitsu ace Maia has plenty to prove. Miller is also adept at submission, but is not in Maia's league.

PREDICTION: Maia by first-round submission.

- Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg -- Serra's resume is slightly deeper -- he beat Georges St-Pierre while Trigg lost to him. But this could be the surprise fight of the night if the old Trigg shows up.

PREDICTION: Serra by unanimous decision.


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