Randy Couture puts on the mask

Caught in action by photographer Stephen Albanese and published on, the always-respectful Randy Couture, 46, put on a mask before facing also-veteran Mark Coleman, 45, in the main event of UFC 109.

But don’t take that as being a metaphor, dear reader. The tough old warrior literally put on a mask, and trained sporting a stylish Batman, the Dark Knight disguise.

(Check out the photo here and a photo gallery)

Another to bare his heart to the press was Rolles Gracie, 31, interviewed by Thomas Gerbasi, of the official UFC website. On the last-minute opponent change, Rolles praised Joey Beltran – announced as a substitute for Mustafa Al-Turk, who had visa troubles, as reported earlier this week.

“When you fight at this level, you can’t afford to underestimate any fighter,” said Gracie. “I’m training a lot, investing many hours of my day to this, and it will be a tough fight. If I make a mistake, he will capitalize and punish me. So I’m preparing for a war. ”

Read the full English interview with Rolles here.

Check out the card and comment below: Who will be the winners this Saturday in Las Vegas?

UFC 109
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
February 6, 2010

Randy Couture vs Mark Coleman
Nate Marquardt vs Chael Sonnen
Mike Swick vs Paulo Thiago
Demian Maia vs Dan Miller
Matt Serra vs Frank Trigg

Preliminary fights

Mac Danzig vs Justin Buchholz
Melvin Guillard vs Ronys Torres
Phillipe Nover vs Rob Emerson
Brian Stann vs Phil Davis
Tim Hague vs Chris Tuchscherer
Rolles Gracie vs Joey Beltran

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