(8/29/2009)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - 95.0
2. Todd Duffee - 93.7
3. Randy Couture - 93.7
4. Aaron Simpson - 93.6
5. Nate Marquardt - 92.0
6. Gabriel Gonzaga - 91.8
7. Jake Rosholt - 91.7
8. Thiago Silva - 91.6
9. Evan Dunham - 91.1
10. Mark Munoz - 90.5
UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira
Location: Portland, Oregon
Elevation: 50'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Randy Couture
95.7
Fighters & Matches 90.2
Top 10 Fighters 92.5
TOTAL 91.4
89.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     This was a pretty decent little brawl between two undercard guys. Evan Dunham had the clear advantage on the feet, with nice crisp boxing skills, and solid takedown defense. Aurelio on the otherhand had the submission grappling advantage, so the couple of times Aurelio got the fight to the ground, he looked pretty good, but most of the fight took place on the feet, and Aurelio was outclassed on his feet, so I agree with the decision going in favor of Evan Dunham.
89.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a very close fight that could have gone either way. Both guys secured a couple of takedowns, both guys went for a few submissions, both guys showed solid submission defense, and both guys showed solid striking skills. In the end, it REALLY could have gone either way, and the judges gave the fight to Munoz via split-decision. Good fight overall.
90.5
KO
(Punches)
0:07
      Well this was pretty straight forward & to the point. Todd Duffee punched Hague in the jaw, Hague collapsed to the ground, Duffee jumped on him and Brock Lesnar-style fisted the face of Hague, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. 7 seconds? Fastest knockout in UFC history! That was one hell of a first impression for his UFC debut. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing Todd Duffee take on some decent Heavyweights eventually.
86.4
Decision
15:00
      This fight consisted of a slow paced, somewhat safe, victory for Mike Russow, as he was able to take McCully to the ground in every round, and basically control him from there. He seemed deadest on finishing with a kimura, but he was never able to really follow through with it. In the end, all 3 judges gave the fight to Russow, and I can't say that I disagree. The crowd seemed very bored though.
89.1
TKO
(Punches)
2:27
      This was an unfortunate, but still entertaining fight. Gonzaga started the fight with an early HARD kick to the nuts of Tuchscherer, which stopped the fight for quite a while. Once they got back to business, Gonzaga landed a huge kick to the head, knocking Tuchscherer to his ass, following that up with some brutal ground & pound, leaving Tuchscherer a bloody mess. Gonzaga is a beast, but the nut shot kind of ruined the validity of this fight I think.
91.4
TKO
(Knee Injury)
5:17
      Damn, Aaron Simpson is pretty legit! He was apparently one of the wrestling coaches at ASU, and it showed in this fight, his wrestling skills were really solid, he even picked Herman up over his head at one point and slammed him to the ground. Another takedown in the first round also injured Herman's knee. Simpson also showed some really solid striking skills. With that being said, the fight should have been stopped after the first round due to the leg injury, but Herman decided to continue. The second round started, Herman threw a kick, Simpson caught it & punched him, and Herman's leg gave out on him. Herman is a "stud" (quoting Simpson) for coming out with that leg injury, but yeah, it should have been stopped sooner. Excellent show by both fighters.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      This was a fight that I thought would be pretty exciting, and it was decent, but neither guy was really looking to finish the other. Brandon Vera had better counterpunches, Soszynski seemed to give it a good effort, but wasn't coming anywhere close to finishing anything. In the end, the judges gave all 3 rounds to Vera, and I guess I'll agree with that decision. Let's move on to the next fight!
92.1
KO
(Punch)
0:21
      God damn son! This fight ended quickly, and in pretty brutal fashion. Basically, Demian Maia has been working on his striking (apparently), and he went in to throw what looked like it would be a kick to the head, but Marquardt countered at the PERFECT time, and punched Maia in the jaw, and Maia practically did a backflip, as if he had just been hit by a truck. Nate Marquardt came prepared, Maia didn't seem to have anything at all to show in this fight (which sucks, because going into this fight, I had Maia ranked #2 Middleweight in the world, and Marquardt #5). But yeah, fun & exciting 21 seconds or so. Based on the fluke nature of this knockout, I think I'm still going to leave Maia ranked as #2 in the world, but Marquardt gets bumped up to #3. I wouldn't mind seeing these guys in a rematch, winner gets a title shot. But yeah, if Maia gets knocked out like that again, he would have to tumble quickly down the ranks. Good punch by Marquardt.
90.7
Technical Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
11:30
      Well, the fans were clearly on the side of Leben during this fight, making it seem like a pretty lopsided battle from the fan's perspective. I personally gave the first 2 rounds to Jake Rosholt, for having slightly better striking (Leben was wild but not very accurate) and Rosholt also had the superior grappling skills it seemed. In the third round, he really displayed his grappling skills, by taking Leben down, mounting him, completely controlling him, and then locking on the arm-triangle choke, forcing Leben to fall asleep. Jake Rosholt looked pretty legit based on this performance.
89.4
TKO
(Punches)
1:35
      This was another pretty short fight. Jardine threw a solid leg kick early in the first round, and that's about all I remember him doing. Thiago Silva on the other hand, punched him in the face, Jardine fell down, Silva attacked, the referee stopped the fight. Quick easy win for Thiago Silva.
95.7
Decision
15:00
      This fight was badass! Easily the fight of the night. All 3 rounds were pretty much nonstop action. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira locked on (and I mean LOCKED ON) multiple submissions in this fight, and Randy defended them all perfectly. Nogueira also nearly knocked out Randy during several exchanges. This was quite possibly Nogueira's best performance of all time, and Randy Couture was a BEAST to be able to withstand this much of an assault. Excellent fight, both guys are top Heavyweights, and this was a legendary brawl. *standing ovation*
OVERALL 91.4
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