Tag:UFC 102
Posted on: August 29, 2009 11:59 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2009 12:36 am

UFC 102 live results: Couture vs. Nogueira

Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira finishes out the UFC 102 card.

Nogueira walks to the cage to the sounds of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." Nogueira had several physical ailments going into the Frank Mir loss, so there's a good chance he'll make a significantly better showing this time. But any way you slice it, he's been through years of wars, and you still have to wonder if that has caught up with him.

Then again, Randy Couture is 46. Then again, 46 in Randy Couture years is 34 in normal human years.

Round 1: Couture looking to box early. He lands a pair of nice fist combos as Nogueira moves forward. Couture with a nice right hand followed by an uppercut. Nogueira tries to take it to the ground and Couture backs away from that. Nogueira with some fists and Couture ties him up in the clinch. Couture's not staying in the clinch long though, careful to keep it standing. Nogueira lands a nice left-right combo and Couture goes down. Nogueira locks in a D'Arce choke and cranks it with all he's got. Couture doesn't tap and keeps fighting. Nogueira finally lets it go and Couture is back up, to the delight of the pro-Couture crowd. Couture with a right hand and a one-two combo. Nogueira with a combo of his own. Couture with an overhand right and Nogueira is cut above the right eye. They're slugging it out Frye-Takayama style, and the audience rises to its feet and cheers. Incredible brawl. Couture clinches Nogueira against the fence and the round ends. What a crazy war so far. 10-9 Nogueira based on Minotauro being closer to finishing.

Round 2: Couture uses a series of left jabs to try and set up an uppercut. Couture ducks under and Nogueira slaps on a standing guillotine, but Couture slips out of it and follows Nogueira to the ground. Couture working ground and pound from inside Nogueira's guard. Couture keeping his head tucked to Nogueira's chest and landing short elbows and fists from the top. Nogueira sweeps and mounts Couture. Couture tries to turn out of it, and manages to get to half guard. Nogueira throwing punches to the head. Nogueira tries for an arm triangle and re-establishes full mount. Couture's in trouble here. Nogueira with fists to the ribs to try and weaken Couture's defense to the hold. Couture gets free of the triangle attempt but is still mounted by Nogueira. The crowd chants "Randy, Randy." Couture escapes to his feet and the crowd goes bonkers. They slug it out at close range again. Couture tags Nogueira right on the chin with a left but Nog isn't fazed. So his chin isn't completely gone yet. Another great round, which I give to Nogueira 10-9. Couture is fighting like the warrior he is, but Nogueira is consistently the guy closer to finishing.

Round 3: They get right back to swinging at close range and Nogueira drops Couture with a right to the jaw. Nogueira tries to finish Couture on the ground with a barrage of strikes but Couture keeps his hands up, weathers the storm, and manages to get himself into guard. Nogueira passes to side control and keeps pounding away. Couture tries to walk up the cage to get out from beneath Nogueira. Nogueira fighting to keep Couture on the bottom. Couture gives up his back and Nogueira sinks in the hooks. Couture trying to escape out the back door but Nogueira is controlling Couture's arm. Couture completes the reversal and hammers away at Nogueira from the top. Unbelievable. Less than a minute left. Couture lands an elbow to Nogueira's jaw from the top but Nogueira's defending well from the bottom. Couture lands some elbows as Nogueira reverses, right at the final horn. Ridiculous display of heart and skill by a pair of true warriors. 10-9 Nogueira, so I give the bout 30-27 to Minotauro.

Winner: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeats Randy Couture via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) after three rounds.

Nogueira thanked the fans in Portland and said Couture is one of his idols in the UFC. He also threw his name in the hat for a possible heavyweight title shot at Brock Lesnar.

"I want to be at the top of the UFC," he said. "I want the title belt. If you guys give me a chance to fight [Brock] Lesnar, it would be my pleasure."

For his part, Couture did not seem to be remotely considering retirement after this loss.

"I was disappointed to lose, but you gotta love this sport, I tell you what," Couture said.

"What keeps me going is guys like Nogueira, interesting fights."

Couture didn't say whether he would stick around at heavyweight or consider a move to another weight class, but he absolutely sounded like a guy who was not yet finished in the Octagon.

"We'll let the dust settle. Take a week, see what the UFC wants to do. I'm here, I'm ready to fight. I feel the best I've ever felt."

Posted on: August 29, 2009 11:27 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2009 11:38 pm

UFC 102 live results: Jardine vs. Silva

Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva is up next at light heavyweight, as both fighters look to rebound from losses.

Jardine has been overcome by strikes before, and that plays into Silva's style somewhat. However, Silva is coming back from a devastating KO loss to Lyoto Machida in what was also the first official loss of his MMA career. You never know how a fighter will respond to that kind of loss, so that could play a factor here.

Round 1: Jardine tweaks his nipple and smiles as Herb Dean starts the fight. I'll never get used to seeing that. Silva stalks Jardine, who makes him back off with a combination. Jardine throws a body kick and Silva uses it to take him down. Jardine escapes back to his feet. Jardine ducks in with a combination of fists. Silva throws a big left hook that puts Jardine on his back. Silva throws a few punches at Jardine on the ground, one of which makes Jardine go limp for the KO.

Winner: Thiago Silva defeats Keith Jardine via KO due to strikes at 1:35 of Round 1.

Posted on: August 29, 2009 10:55 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2009 11:12 pm

UFC 102 live results: Leben vs. Rosholt

Next up is Jake Rosholt vs. Chris "The Crippler" Leben at middleweight. Classic wrestler vs. striker showdown right here.

Round 1: Rosholt with an inside leg kick. Leben with a leg kick, and the crowd starts chanting his name. Rosholt looks to be trying to set up a takedown with these strikes but he's showing lots of respect to Leben's ability to clock him on the shot. They exchange more leg kicks. Rosholt lands a right to the jaw, and Leben takes Rosholt down. You read that right --I did not get the names reversed by accident. Leben's on top in Rosholt's guard. Leben with some ground and pound, landing a few punches before Rosholt escapes to his feet. Outside leg kick by Leben. Rosholt with a short left hook and they tie up. Rosholt takes Leben to the mat and tries to transition to his back. Leben is back to his feet. Another outside leg kick by Leben. Leben runs in with a looping left hand and an uppercut, putting Rosholt on his bicycle for a few seconds. The round ends, and I'd give it to Leben 10-9.

Round 2: Marc Laimon told Rosholt in his corner to keep the pressure on Leben. Rosholt lands a nice one-two combo and Leben answers with a big looping left hand, swinging from his hip as only Leben can. Rosholt goes down, partially because Leben caught him off balance. Leben works some ground and pound to the ribs from inside Rosholt's closed guard. Rosholt's not doing much, looking to get a standup from the ref. And he gets exactly that. Leben throws another left and misses. Let's see if Rosholt gets tentative now that he's been stung by that shot. Leben throws a head kick and a straight left, then clinches Rosholt against the cage. Foot stomps from the clinch by Leben. Rosholt gets free and explodes with a fist combination and a takedown. He can't accomplish much, and eventually Leben's back up. They exchange wild, sloppy punches as the round ends. 10-9 Leben again.

Round 3: Leben works leg kicks and  Rosholt takes him down and moves into half guard. Rosholt gets to full mount and unloads some ground and pound. Leben gets back to half guard. Rosholt tries to take Leben's back as Leben scrambles. Leben turns away and Rosholt locks on a tight arm triangle. Leben won't tap out, so Rosholt chokes him out cold. Very impressive come-from-behind win by Rosholt.

Winner: Jake Rosholt defeats Chris Leben via submission to an arm triangle choke at 1:30 of Round 3.

Leben was up and walking around in pretty short order, so he's fine... albeit certainly disappointed that he let that one go when he was winning on points.
Posted on: August 29, 2009 10:41 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2009 10:53 pm

UFC 102 live results: Marquardt vs. Maia

At middleweight, Nate Marquardt fights the undefeated Demian Maia.

Maia has looked virtually unbeatable when it comes to jiu-jitsu. But Marquardt is, overall, the more skilled fighter and should be a lot more powerful. How Marquardt avoids or counters Maia's submission game will tell the tale of this fight.

Round 1: Well, that was quick. Maia throws a leg kick (misses), then a head kick (blocked). Maia plants to throw another kick, Marquardt times it and counters with a gigantic right hand that floors Maia. Marquardt doesn't even have to follow up with strikes on the ground, as Maia is finished.

Winner: Nate Marquardt defeats Demian Maia via KO due to a right hand at 21 seconds of Round 1.

Marquardt said he hurt his ankle before the fight and couldn't throw kicks, so he worked on that particular counter.

"I want that belt," Marquardt said. "I don't know who's getting the shot next, but if you want someone that can get in there and kick Anderson Silva's butt, then you're gonna give the shot to me."

Anderson Silva was shown on the big screen in the crowd, grinning and nodding. With Dan Henderson already in line for a shot and Silva seemingly looking to other divisions for opponents, Marquardt might have to get in line. Again. Still though, an impressive win for Nate "The Great," and a reminder that no matter how skilled you are in one discipline, this is still mixed martial arts.
Posted on: August 29, 2009 10:11 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2009 10:37 pm

UFC 102 live results: Vera vs. Soszynski

We're kicking things off with Brandon "The Truth" Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski at light heavyweight.

Soszynski is looking for his seventh consecutive win overall, and his fourth since entering the UFC. Vera should make that a pretty tall order, though. Soszynski will need to take this to the ground, or Vera may pick him apart.

Round 1: Soszynski throws fists to start and Vera counters with a hard kick to the liver. Vera circling as Soszynski seems to want to stand and bang with him. Soszynski tied Vera up against the cage and tries a little dirty boxing but Vera breaks free. Leg kick by Vera. Soszynski throws a leg kick and Vera tags him with a right hand to counter. Vera working the leg kicks on Soszynski now. That's how he broke down Michael Patt in his last fight. They clinch against the cage again, this time with Soszynski against the fence, but it's a stalemate so Vera breaks. Vera works elbows from the tie-up. The round ends, and I have it 10-9 Vera.

Round 2: Vera's looking for the big left hand now. Soszynski's looking for combinations while Vera loads up on that left. They tie up briefly and Vera throws a knee to the head on the break. Vera with a nice right hook. Soszynski with an uppercut while Vera is off balance. Soszynski finally looks to be shooting for a takedown and Vera loses his mouthpiece, so Herb Dean breaks them up so he can put it back in his mouth. They trade straight rights. Vera lands a left, which Soszynski actually dodged, but Vera's reach advantage helped him connect. They clinch against the cage again and Vera works knees to the inner thigh. Vera with close-range fists and elbows as the horn sounds. 10-9 Vera again, and I can't believe Soszynski hasn't made more of an effort to take it to the canvas.

Round 3: Soszynski lunges forward with a combo and eats an uppercut for his trouble. His face is showing some battle damage. Soszynski mixes in some leg kicks and a fist. He ducks in for a double leg takedown but Vera escapes. Soszynski with a muay thai clinch but Vera is defending well. They clinch against the cage again and exchange knees to the thigh. Vera takes Soszynski down to the mat and starts hammering on his head. Soszynski gets to his feet and Vera times a nice knee to the head. Brief stoppage on an errant shot to Soszynski's groin. Soszynski with another muay thai plomb but the only knee he throws misses the mark. Vera with a combo. Soszynski throws a right and Vera ducks it. Vera goes back to the body kicks with 30 seconds remaining. They swing it out before the final horn, and it's gotta be 30-27 for Vera.

Winner: Brandon Vera defeats Krzysztof Soszynski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) after three rounds.

"I wish I could have knocked him out, guys," Vera said to the crowd (which at times audibly booed the action during the clinches). "Next time. Krzysztof's a tough dude."

That's Vera's second win in a row, and his first back-to-back UFC wins in about three years.

Posted on: August 29, 2009 10:07 pm

UFC 102 results: Herman vs. Simpson

We are under way with the main card of UFC 102 from Portland, Oregon. We'll have round-by-round blogging of each fight starting momentarily.

The last undercard result: Aaron Simpson defeated Ed Herman via TKO due to injury (knee) at 17 seconds of Round 2.

Herman planted his leg and threw a kick, and seemed to blow out his knee in the process.
Posted on: August 29, 2009 9:33 pm

UFC rookie breaks record at UFC 102

UFC heavyweight newcomer Todd Duffee made his debut a memorable one at UFC 102 in Portland, winning his fight vs. Tim Hague via knockout just 7 seconds into Round 1.

That gives Duffee (5-0-0 overall, 1-0-0 UFC) sole claim to the all-time record for fastest KO in UFC history.

For what it's worth, here are the top 5 fastest KOs, in order:

1) Todd Duffee KO Tim Hague, 7 seconds into Round 1, UFC 102, 8/29/2009.
2) (tie) Don Frye KO Thomas Ramirez, 8 seconds, UFC 8, 2/16/1996 ... James Irvin KO Houston Alexander, 8 seconds into Round 1, UFC Fight Night 13, 4/2/2008.
4) Gray Maynard KO Joe Veres, 9 seconds into Round 1, UFC Fight Night 11, 9/19/2007.
5) Mark Weir KO Eugene Jackson, 10 seconds into Round 1, UFC 38, 7/13/2002.

As for the rest of the UFC 102 undercard, here are the quickie results so far:

  • Gabriel Gonzaga defeated Chris Tuchscherer via TKO due to strikes at 2:27 of Round 1.
  • Mike Russow defeated Justin McCully via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-27) after three rounds.
  • Todd Duffee defeated Tim Hague via KO due to strikes at 7 seconds of Round 1.
  • Mark Munoz defeated Nick Catone via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) after three rounds.
  • Evan Dunham defeated Marcus Aurelio via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) after three rounds.

Back in a few with the Ed Herman vs. Aaron Simpson undercard result, along with complete round-by-round coverage of each main card fight.
Posted on: August 28, 2009 1:15 pm

UFC 102 live blog on Saturday

We'll have a live blog of all the main card action from UFC 102 on Saturday, beginning shortly before 10 p.m. ET. If you can't see the show, be sure to check this blog on Saturday for round-by-round coverage of the fights.

In the meantime, you can get a complete look at the full card with roundtable analysis and predictions on our Head to Head preview .

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