A match up of legendary heavyweights is set to headline UFC 102 in Portland, OR on August 29th as former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champ Randy “The Natural” Couture will take on former PRIDE and UFC Heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Perhaps both of these fighters are past their primes, but this certainly will be a fight that has a lot of intrest from fans. However, both Couture and Nogueira as still consensus top 10 heavyweights in the world. Dana White spoke about the fight by saying:
We’re extremely excited to be heading to Portland. When you get two mixed martial arts legends that are all heart and have wanted to fight each other for years, plus the fact that Randy has roots in Oregon, that tells me that not only will the crowd be electric, but it’s also a night where the fighters will be looking to cement their legacies.
Both Couture and Nogueira are coming off of losses in their last fights. Nogueira lost to Frank Mir at UFC 92 and Couture lost his belt to Brock Lesnar at UFC 91. Couture, who turns 46 next month will begin a training camp once he is finished filming the Sylvester Stallone movie, “The Expendable.” Randy is fully aware of how good and dangerous an opponent Nogueira still is…
Nogueira is the type of fighter that is dangerous everywhere. He’s difficult to knock out and he’s a world class jiu-jitsu player. I will have to train very diligently and very specifically for him. Also, the fact that I’m fighting in Oregon makes me want to put on a great show and win for these fans.
This fight should be a great bout of two legends and two classy fighters. I somehow doubt we will see the smack talk that we see prior to other fights as there is indeed a mutual respect among the two MMA stars. Nogueira had nothing but good things to say about his opponent.
I’m honored to face such a great fighter as Randy Couture. I wanted to fight him for some time now and I know to become a legend you have to beat a legend.
This should be a solid card. Also announced for the card will be a light heavyweight bout between Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva. Both of those men are looking to rebound from a loss. It is also rumored that on the card Brandon Vera will take on Matt Hamill in another light heavyweight bout. Also, it is expected that Nate Marquardt will take on Demian Maia at the event. For more of the UFC 202 scheduled fights click here.