by MMAWeekly.com Staff
MMAWeekly.com was on location from the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore., for the UFC 102 official weigh-ins where all the fighters made weight.

Three time UFC heavyweight titleholder and two-time UFC light heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture and former Pride superstar Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira headline the event in a bout that’s probably a number one contenders match between the two MMA legends.

“Tomorrow night is the most important fight of my life,” said Nogueira to the live audience. “I just came from a loss, so I trained very much. You guys are going to see a different Nogueira than the last fight, for sure. We’re going to make the best fight of the night.”

I’m very prepared. I trained very hard for three months.”

Couture commented, “It’s a great fight. He’s a tremendous opponent. This fight is a long time coming. It’s a pleasure to be on the main event here in the Pacific Northwest where I grew up and where I lived for so long.”

“We’re both coming off loses, but I don’t know that that matters,” he added. “I think we’re both marquee guys. It really doesn’t matter. I think we’ll go out and have a good performance. It’s going to be a great fight.”

In middleweight action, Nate Marquardt and undefeated Demian Maia face off with the winner’s next bout likely for the middleweight belt.


Main Bouts:
-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (231) vs. Randy Couture (220)
-Keith Jardine (205) vs. Thiago Silva (205)
-Nate Marquardt (185) vs. Demian Maia (185)
-Krzysztof Soszynski (205) vs. Brandon Vera (205)
-Jake Rosholt (185) vs. Chris Leben (185)

Preliminary Bouts:
-Ed Herman (185.5) vs. Aaron Simpson (185)
-Gabe Gonzaga (259) vs. Chris Tuchscherer (258)
-Mike Russo (260) vs. Justin McCully (238)
-Tim Hague (263.5) vs. Todd Duffee (251)
-Nick Catone (185.5) vs. Mark Munoz (185.5)
-Marcus Aurelio (156) vs. Evan Dunham (155)