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UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira
A poster or logo for UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira.
Information
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date August 29, 2009
Venue Rose Garden
City Portland, Oregon
Attendance 16,088[1]
Total gate $1,920,000[1]
Buyrate 435,000[2]
Event chronology
UFC 101: Declaration UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard

UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira was a mixed martial arts pay-per-view event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on August 29, 2009 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.[3] It featured former five-time UFC champion and UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, facing off against former PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champion and former Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Background[edit]

Randy Couture was originally offered a title defense against Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81, however turned the fight down after his resignation from the UFC in October 2007.[4] While Couture and the UFC sorted out their legal issues,[5] Nogueira defeated Tim Sylvia for the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship becoming the first fighter to hold both PRIDE and UFC title belts.[6] Nogueira was then set to coach against Frank Mir on the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter with the two facing off for the Interim Championship after the season aired.[7]

Eventually Couture and the UFC reconciled and it was announced that he would return to the Octagon to defend his title against Brock Lesnar at UFC 91.[8] Neither Couture or Nogueira were successful in their defense efforts and then faced each other in what amounted to a "losers bracket" of the UFC's mini heavyweight tournament.[9][10][11]

A previously announced bout between Kyle Kingsbury and Razak Al-Hassan was moved to UFC 104 in Los Angeles, California on October 24, 2009.[12] Matt Hamill pulled out of a bout with Brandon Vera due to injury. Krzysztof Soszynski took his place.[13]

A knee injury forced James Irvin out of his bout with Wilson Gouveia. He was replaced by Ed Herman.[14] On August 7, 2009 it was reported that Gouveia was also off the card due to a back injury.[15] Marcus Aurélio replaced an injured Matt Veach.[16]

Results[edit]

Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira def Randy Couture unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Thiago Silva def Keith Jardine KO (punches) 1 1:35
Middleweight Jake Rosholt def Chris Leben submission (arm-triangle choke) 3 1:30
Middleweight Nate Marquardt def Demian Maia KO (punch) 1 0:21
Light Heavyweight Brandon Vera def Krzysztof Soszynski unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card
Middleweight Aaron Simpson def Ed Herman TKO (ankle injury) 2 0:17 [a]
Heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga def Chris Tuchscherer TKO (punches) 1 2:27
Heavyweight Mike Russow def Justin McCully unanimous decision (29–28, 30–26, 30–27) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Todd Duffee def Tim Hague KO (punches) 1 0:07 [b]
Middleweight Mark Munoz def Nick Catone split decision (28–29, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Evan Dunham def Marcus Aurelio split decision (29–28, 28–29, 30–27) 3 5:00 [c]
  1. ^ This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Jardine vs. Silva fight.
  2. ^ This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Leben vs. Rosholt fight.
  3. ^ This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Couture vs. Nogueira fight.

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Bonus awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses.[18]

  • Fight of the Night: Randy Couture vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
  • Knockout of the Night: Nate Marquardt
  • Submission of the Night: Jake Rosholt

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stupp, Dann. "Despite sluggish sales start, UFC 102 draws 16,088 for $1.92 million gate; Seattle up next?". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved August 31, 2009. 
  2. ^ Meltzer, Dave (September 9, 2009). "Sept. 9 2009 Observer Newsletter". www.wrestlingobserver.com (Members Only Content). Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ "UFC 102". Ufc.com. Retrieved June 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Randy Couture turns down title defense". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Couture is target of UFC lawsuit - Sports - ReviewJournal.com". Review Journal.com. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  6. ^ Sherdog.com. "Nogueira Becomes First to Hold UFC, PRIDE Belts". Sherdog.com. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  7. ^ "UFC : Ultimate Fighting Championship". Ultimate Fighting Championship. May 12, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  8. ^ Nate, Kid. "Major announcement: Randy Couture Returns to UFC; UFC 91: Randy Couture vs. Brock Lesnar in Las Vegas". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  9. ^ "UFC 91: Results And Recap". Five Ounces of Pain. November 16, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  10. ^ "UFC 92: Quick Results". Five Ounces of Pain. December 28, 2008. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  11. ^ Meltzer, Dave. "Breaking down the UFC heavyweight tourney – UFC – Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Kyle Kingsbury vs. Razak Al-Hassan bout moved from UFC 102 to fall". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved May 8, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Injured Matt Hamill replaced by Krzysztof Soszynski in UFC 102 bout with Brandon Vera". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved July 20, 2009. 
  14. ^ Roling, Leland. "James Irvin has suffered another massive setback, this time with a knee injury. He will obviously...". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  15. ^ Morgan, John. "Back injury forces Wilson Gouveia off of "UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira" preliminary card". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved August 8, 2009. 
  16. ^ Morgan, John. "Marcus Aurelio replaces injured Matt Veach and fights Evan Dunham on UFC 102 prelims". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved August 11, 2009. 
  17. ^ http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/GAMING/docs/boxing_wrestling/OSAC_Results_UFC_102_082909.pdf
  18. ^ "UFC 102 bonuses: Nogueira, Couture, Marquardt and Rosholt earn $60,000 fighter bonuses". MMAjunkie. August 29, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2009.