Sunday, January 23, 2022

UFC 109: Relentless Prelims Are Finished

<div id="tsnStory"><p>LAS VEGAS — Canadian heavyweight Tim (The Thrashing Machine) Hague came on strong in the third round but lost a majority decision to Chris (The Crowbar) Tuchscherer at UFC 109 on Saturday night.</p><p>After two lacklustre rounds, Hague came out swinging in the third and hurt Tuchscherer. Stuffing a takedown, he put an exhausted Tuchscherer down. The round was one-way traffic but Hague was unable to finish his man off.</p><p>The judges scored it 29-28, 29-28 and 28-28 for Tuchscherer (18-2 with one no contest). The crowd at the Mandalay Bay booed the decision.</p><p>The fight was the first for Hague, a 26-year-old former kindergarten teacher from Edmonton, since he was knocked out in a UFC-record seven seconds by Todd Duffee at UFC 102 in August.</p><p>Tuchscherer, who trains with Brock Lesnar, lost his UFC debut to Gabriel Gonzaga on the same card in a fight in which he took an accidental kick to the groin. He took another low blow, this time a knee, in the first round Saturday.</p><p>The main event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center pitted 46-year-old Randy (The Natural) Couture against 45-year-old Mark (The Hammer) Coleman in a battle of UFC Hall of Famers.</p><p>Hague (10-3) walked out to &quot;Welcome to the Jungle&quot; by Guns N' Roses. He fought off Tuchscherer's takedowns in the first round but failed to get his offence going.</p><p>Tuchscherer did take him down early in the second but the six-foot-four 265-pound Canadian fought his way back up. Hague was looking tired, however.</p><p>Hague found a second wind in the final round, but it came too late.</p><p>In the opening fight of the night, heavyweight Joey (The Mexecutioner) Beltran battered Rolles Gracie to win by TKO at 1:31 of the second round in a matchup of UFC debutantes.</p><p>Gracie (3-1) looked raw and uncertain when it came to striking. He also only managed to get Beltran down once, achieving mount position but unable to take advantage. Beltran (11-3) punished every other takedown attempt and caught Gracie with a knee on one. Gracie went down face first and Beltran punched away until the fight was stopped.</p><p>The 31-year-old Gracie is the grandson of Carlos Gracie Sr., considered the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and son of Rolls Gracie.</p><p>Beltran was a late replacement for Britain's Mostapha Al Turk, who had visa issues.</p></div><script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[if (document.getElementById('tsnCallout')) {var divText = document.getElementById('tsnCallout').innerHTML;var flashvars = {};flashvars.callOutText = divText;var params = {};params.wmode = 'transparent';params.allowscriptaccess = 'always';params.scale = 'noscale';params.salign = 'tl';var attributes = {};swfobject.embedSWF('http://images.tsn.ca/media/flash/headlines/storyCallout.swf', 'tsnCallout', '340', '1', '8.0.0', false, flashvars, params, attributes);}// ]]></script>

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