|UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||August 29, 2009|
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. 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.
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. While Couture and the UFC sorted out their legal issues, Nogueira defeated Tim Sylvia for the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship becoming the first fighter to hold both PRIDE and UFC title belts. 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.
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. 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.
A previously announced bout between Kyle Kingsbury and Razak Al-Hassan was moved to UFC 104 in Los Angeles, California on October 24, 2009. Matt Hamill pulled out of a bout with Brandon Vera due to injury. Krzysztof Soszynski took his place.
A knee injury forced James Irvin out of his bout with Wilson Gouveia. He was replaced by Ed Herman. On August 7, 2009 it was reported that Gouveia was also off the card due to a back injury. Marcus Aurélio replaced an injured Matt Veach.
|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|
|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]|
- This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Jardine vs. Silva fight.
- This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Leben vs. Rosholt fight.
- This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Couture vs. Nogueira fight.
Fighters were awarded $60,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Randy Couture vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
- Knockout of the Night: Nate Marquardt
- Submission of the Night: Jake Rosholt
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