UFC 102: Jardine vs Silva, Marquardt vs Maia

June 16, 2009
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Rodrigo Nogueira and Randy Couture at UFC 102

Rodrigo Nogueira and Randy Couture at UFC 102

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.

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