UFC 109 took place in Las Vegas, NV on Feb 6, 2010. The co-main event was a middleweight bout between Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen. This fight would determine who would get the next shot of then champion, Anderson Silva.
Nate Marquardt had already fought Silva for the title, but came up short at UFC 73. Since UFC 73, Nate had won 4 of his last 5 bouts. He lost a split decision to Thales Leites at UFC 85, but had finished his last 3 opponents by KO, including Martin Kampmann, Wilson Gouveia, and Demian Maia. He felt revitalized, and was ready for another bout with Silva.
Sonnen, who is one of the best wrestlers in MMA, had just won 2 unanimous decisions over Dan Miller and Yushin Okami, and felt he was ready to take his career to the next level. He was more than up to the challenge of taking on Marquardt.
Round 1: They meet in the center of the Octagon and start engaging immediately, both throwing punches and kicks. Chael is pushing the action, and takes Nate down after one minute. Nate attempts a guillotine, but is unable to finish it. Chael breaks free and starts throwing serious ground and pound on Marquardt. Nate tries to hold on to Chael, but is unable to stop Chael’s attack. Nate is able to pop up for a few seconds, but Chael gets him right back down. Sonnen continues to work in Nate’s guard, landing punches to the face and the body. Chael is completely dominating Round 1, and Nate is unable to mount any kind of offense whatsoever. Chael ends the round in top position.
Round 2: Chael gets Nate down in 5 seconds after the round starts and begins where he left off in Round 1. Nate gets a hold of one of Chael’s arms, attempting a kimura, but is unable to do anything with it. Chael breaks free and his assault continues. Chael is consistently working, constantly throwing punches to the face and the body, and some elbows.
At about the halfway mark, Nate is bloodied up from the punches he’s been absorbing, and manages to grab Chael’s leg, attempting a heel hook. He quickly loses it, and in the process gives up his back. Chael starts landing hammer fists and punches to the side of Nate’s face, while Nate throws a few back elbows of his own. Chael is just all over Nate, not giving him room to do anything. Chael continues in top position until the round ends.
Round 3: Nate grabs Chael’s leg, attempting to take him down. He is unable to and they both stand momentarily. Chael throws a couple of feints, pushing Nate back into the cage. Chael shoots for another takedown and scores. He immediately starts working again, throwing punches while in Nate’s guard. Nate is simply trying to survive, but he has no answer at this point for scoring any offense. Chael dominates most of the round in top position, doing what he has done for the majority of the fight. Nate is able to scramble to his feet at the 2:00 mark.
Chael goes right in for another takedown, and Nate turns it into a guillotine attempt. Nate holds it tight, trying to finish, but Chael is able to pop his head out, and works back in top position. At 1:00, Nate is able to flip the position, and gets Chael on his back. They are in the north/south position, and time is ticking away for Nate. Nate stands up, and starts dropping punches on Chael with only :20 left in the fight. He is only able to land a handful of punches, but nothing strong enough to finish the fight. The round finally ends, and the decision goes to the judges. The winner by unanimous decision is Chael Sonnen, and Sonnen gets the next shot at the middleweight belt held by Anderson Silva.