UFC 102

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UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira
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The poster for UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateAugust 29, 2009
VenueRose Garden
CityPortland, Oregon
Total gate$1,920,000[1]
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.


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]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira def Randy Couture Decision (unanimous) (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 Technical 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 KO (punches) 2 4:20
Preliminary card
Middleweight Aaron Simpson def Ed Herman TKO (knees) 2 0:17
Heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga def Chris Tuchscherer TKO (punches) 1 2:27
Heavyweight Mike Russow def Justin McCully Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–26, 30–27) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Todd Duffee def Tim Hague KO (punches) 1 0:07
Middleweight Mark Muñoz def Nick Catone Decision (split) (28–29, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Evan Dunham def Marcus Aurelio Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00


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

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Oregon State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the UFC.[19]

  • Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira: ($400,000 includes $150,000 win bonus) def. Randy Couture: ($250,000)
  • Thiago Silva: ($58,000 includes $29,000 win bonus) def. Keith Jardine: ($55,000)
  • Jake Rosholt: ($26,000 includes $13,000 win bonus) def. Chris Leben: ($30,000)
  • Nate Marquardt: ($80,000 includes $40,000 win bonus) def. Demian Maia ($28,000)
  • Brandon Vera: ($70,000 includes $35,000 win bonus) def. Krzystzof Soszynski: ($8,000)
  • Aaron Simpson: ($18,000 includes $9,000 win bonus) def. Ed Herman: ($24,000)
  • Gabriel Gonzaga: ($120,000 includes $60,000 win bonus) def. Chris Tuchscherer: ($10,000)
  • Mike Russow: ($20,000 includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Justin McCully: ($15,000)
  • Todd Duffee: ($10,000 includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Tim Hague: ($7,000)
  • Mark Muñoz: ($24,000 includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Nick Catone: ($5,000)
  • Evan Dunham: ($14,000 includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Marcus Aurélio: ($13,000)

See also[edit]


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  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. Archived from the original on June 19, 2009. Retrieved June 16, 2009.
  4. ^ "Randy Couture turns down title defense". MMAWeekly.com. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. 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. Archived from the original on October 29, 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. Archived from the original on May 10, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009.
  13. ^ "Injured Matt Hamill replaced by Krzysztof Soszynski in UFC 102 bout with Brandon Vera". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on July 23, 2009. 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. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2009.
  17. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2009-08-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "UFC 102 bonuses: Nogueira, Couture, Marquardt and Rosholt earn $60,000 fighter bonuses". MMAjunkie. August 29, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2009.
  19. ^ "UFC 102 Payouts: Nogueira Banks $460,000". sherdog.com. Retrieved August 31, 2009.