Just one day after officially announcing the UFC 102 event for Portland, Ore., the Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced the majority of the fight card. A bout between former UFC champions Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira headlines the Aug. 28 event at the 20,000-seat Rose Garden.
Other match-ups that highlight the promotions first foray into the Pacific Northwest include a light heavyweight bout between Top 10 fighters Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva. Jardine is coming off of a loss to Quinton Jackson at UFC 96, while Silva enters the bout on the back of a loss to current light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.
Another pivotal bout announced for UFC 102 is a middleweight showdown with title shot implications. Ranked No. 3 in the world and aiming for another shot at Anderson Silva is Nate Marquardt. He will attempt to hand rising submission wizard Demian Maia his first loss. Maia is currently 10-0.