Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is set to pull the trigger on its first-ever pay-per-view (PPV) event from The Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., later on this evening (Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009).
UFC 102 will feature a "legendary" main event between Randy "The Natural" Couture and Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira. Perennial light heavyweight contender Keith Jardine is also set to throwdown in 205-pound slugfest against hard-hitting Brazilian import Thiago Silva in the co-featured fight of the night.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 102 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action!)
UFC 102 QUICK RESULTS:
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeats Randy Coture via Unanimous Decision
Thiago Silva defeats Keith Jardine via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Nate Marquardt defeats Demian Maia via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Brandon Vera defeats Kryzsztof Soszynski via Unanimous Decision
Jake Rosholt defeats Chris Leben via Submission (Arm Triangle) Round 3
Aaron Simpson defeats Ed Herman via technical knockout (injury) in round two
Gabriel Gonzaga defeats Chris Tuchscherer via technical knockout (strikes) in round one
Mike Russow defeats Justin McCully via unanimous decision
Todd Duffee defeats Tim Hague via knockout in round one (Seven seconds!)
Mark Munoz defeats Nick Catone via split decision
Evan Dunham defeats Marcus Aurelio via split decision
UFC 102 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (265-pound limit)
Round one: Coture jumps in and peppers Nog with a great combo. Jab from Coture as he strikes and gets out of the pocket. Good right hand from Big Nog. Coture with a good right hand and a good dirty boxing uppercut. Nog tries to take it to the ground and Coture steps away. Coture leads with a right and then ties up Nog's arms and is working his classic dirty boxing. Randy loks like he doesnt want it to go to the ground. Coture steps in and lands a right and Big Nog lands a good right and Coture falls to the ground and hes hurt bad. Big Nog locks in an arm triangle choke and it looks like Randy could be done!!! WOW somehow Coture slips out!!! Hes back to his feet. Coture inside with some more dirty boxing. Good right from Coture and another right from Coture, and now Nog with a great combo!! Randy comes back and gets a great combo!!! Nog is cut now. Nog with a good left then powerful right. WOW these guys are standing in the middle of the ring throwing bombs toe to toe!!!!! Randy grabs the back of Nogs head and is landing some big blows. Their clinched against the fence and Coture lands a couple rights. Thats the bell, WHAT AN AMAZING ROUND! Nog has a slight edge with the almost KO and submission attempt but Coture has done more overall damage and landed more strikes. Great 1st rd.
Round two: Randy with a double jab then uppercut. Inside leg kick from Coture. Good leg kick from Coture and left hook from Nog. Coture for a take down and Nog goes for a guillotine and Randy slips out and lands on top! Full guard for Big Nog. Randy posturing up and landing some elbows and putting all his weight on Nogueira to hold him in place and control the action. Nogueira now sweeps Coture and rolls him right over and is on top in a full mount. Coture gets squared and slips his way into half guard. Nogueira now going for an arm triangle and Randy looks like he's in trouble. Nogueira trying to punch Coture and loosen up his defense and Randy escapes. Randy slips out and is back to his feet!!!! Coture lands a BIG left hook. Nogueira with a knee. Leg kick from Nog. Nice right from Randy. Thats the bell, another absolutely amazing round this one distinctly went to Nogueira for his ground work but Coture looks game and this is still a very very close fight.
Round three: Left right left combo from Coture. Another jab from Coture and Nog lands a good right hand and then a big left!!!! Nogueira jumps on Coture trying to finish the fight!!! Nogueira is landing some serious hammer fists and this fight could be stopped. Coture somehow survives the onslaught. Coture is cut now though. Nogueira on top in side control and peppering in some soft punches. Coture is looking to work his way back up to his feet and now he gives up his back and Nogueira is looking to capitalize. Nogueira is high on Randys back and Coture is looking to slip him off. Coture now somehow gets back on top now. Only 1 minute left and Coture needs a miracle. Coture with an elbow and another. Another elbow from Coture. Thats the bell, Nogueira won the fight but Randy Coture put on another classic performance. An amazing fight with awesome action.
Final result: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeats Randy Coture via Unanimous Decision
Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva (205-pound limit)
Round one: HUGE leg kick by Jardine to start things off. Jab from Silva. Shot to the body and Jardine goes down to his back. Jardine scrambles back to his feet. Jardine charges in and Silva lands a big left and Jardine goes down and Silva lands two more big blows and Jardine is out cold and stiff. Silva with a very impressive victory.
Final result: Thiago Silva defeats Keith Jardine via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Nate Marquardt vs. Demian Maia (185-pound limit)
Round one: Head kick from Maia. Maia goes for another head kick and Marquardt lands a massive right!!!!! Maia is out cold, Marquardt was about to land another bomb but decides against it in a good show of sportsmanship. WOW an amazing amazing KO from Marquardt with a huge overhand right that ends this fight in spectacular fashion only 21 seconds in.
Final result: Nate Marquardt defeats Demian Maia via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brandon Vera (205-pound limit)
Round one: Soszynski with a good combo to start, Vera with a great body kick but now Soszynski looks hurt from it and backs off. Great axe kick from Vera. Nice tricky knee from Vera. Soszynski needs to slow things down. Front kick from Vera. Vera just misses a uppercut. Soszynski now locks up Vera against the cage. Body shot from Soszynski and Vera lands a stiff right. Vera now locks up Soszynski against the cage and both men are jockeying for position. They are apart now. Nice leg kick from Vera and Soszynski swings are but cannot connect. Soszynski goes in for a shot but cant finish it and Vera with a nice elbow as the round ends.
Round two: Both guys come out and exchange solid punches. Great overhand left from Vera lands hard and another straight right snaps back Soszynski's head. Great leg kick from Vera and Soszynski charges in and locks him up against the fence. Vera peppering in some knees to the solar plex. Vera spins Soszynski around and has his back against the cage and Soszynski is landing some inside elbows dirty boxing style. Leg kick from Vera. Fight briefly stopped for a low blow. Soszynski grabs a hold of Vera and is trying to keep him against the fence. Clinch from Soszynski and now he drops down for a double leg take down and Vera stuffs it. Soszynski stays at it and gets the take down briefly but Vera is right back to his feet. Their against the fence and Vera lands two good elbows to close the round. He's thoroughly dominating.
Round three: Vera with a solid right. Good right to the body for Vera. Their clinched against the fence again and Soszynski drops down for a double. Vera briefly uses a kimura attempt to get out of the take down attempt. Clinch for Soszynski and their against the cage again. Vera now gets a take down. Soszynski to his feet and Vera gives him a knee to the head for his troubles. Vera again to the mid section with a knee and this time he seems to have caught Soszynski's cup. Dirty boxing uppercuts from Vera. Right from Soszynski but Vera answering with an uppercut then right left combo. Soszynski with a good left but Vera lands two unanswered leg kicks that buckle Soszynski.
Final result: Brandon Vera defeats Kryzsztof Soszynski via Unanimous Decision
Chris Leben vs. Jake Rosholt (185-pound limit)
Round one: Leg kick from Rosholt. Inside leg kick from Rosholt. Leben being very patient and waiting for his right moment. Leg kick from Leben. Inside leg kick from Rosholt and Lebem with one of his own. Another leg kick from Leben and Rosholt seems hesitant to stand and bang. Rosholt with a decent combo and Leben with a surprising take down. Leben puts Rosholts back against the cage and is working some body shots. Rosholt back to his feet. Inside leg kick from Rosholt. Rosholt with a body lock and gets a take down then jumps right into the mount and now Leben is forced to scramble. Leben to his feet and eats a knee but hes up back in his comfort zone on the feet. Leben charges and lands one good left and goes for another haymaker and Rosholt is on his heel running and wants nothing of Lebens stand up tonight.
Round two: Nice left from Rosholt and then he goes for a head kick but Leben nails him with a big left and Rosholt goes to his back. Leben jumps on top and now is in Rosholts half Guard. Rosholt gets full guard now. Elbow from Rosholt and Leben works in some body shots. The ref stands them up. Inside leg kick from Rosholt, Leben charges in and lands a big left hand. Leben now with the foot stomps as their up against the cage. Rosholt with a decent elbow. Rosholt swings wildly and now gets the take down. Leben with up kicks trying to get back to his feet but Rosholt jumps back on top. Rosholt stands up and Leben is back to his feet. Leben charges in and lands a big punch to close out the round.
Round three: This one is close it could be going either way. Id say Rosholt might have a slight edge but Leben is doing the most damage. Rosholt gets another take down. Rosholt has the right arm trapped on Leben but now Leben slips out. Rosholt with some good elbows now and Leben gives up his back. Rosholt with some big punches now. Arm triangle for Rosholt and its in deep and Leben is out cold. Thats the fight. Leben was game all fight but in the end Rosholt used the ground game to his advantage to close it out.
Final result: Jake Rosholt defeats Chris Leben via Submission (Arm Triangle) Round 3