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UFC 102: Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 102. To access our full coverage, click here.

In the text voting, 77% believe Randy Couture will win the main event tonight.

Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was shown sitting with UFC President Dana White at ringside.

Round 1: Couture landed a good combination early. Nogueira tried to take Couture to the ground, but Couture stayed standing. Nogueira caught Couture with a big right that floored Couture, and secured a darce choke and had it in deep, but Couture was amazingly able to survive. It almost looked over there. Back on their feet, both men exchanged punches. Nogueira is cut under his left eye. They continued to trade blows and the crowd got on their feet with under a minute left in the round. Couture pressed Nogueira against the cage and landed a couple of shots to end the round. scores the round 10-9 for Nogueira

Round 2: Couture led with an inside leg kick, but Nogueira rocked Couture again with an overhand right. Couture recovered and took he fight to the ground, and got in Nogueira’s guard. Couture landed some short elbows on Nogueira while on the top, but Nogueira was able to roll Couture over and mounted him. Nogueira then locked in an arm triangle, but Couture kept his hand over his ear to block it. Couture was able to break out of the arm triangle attempt and managed to get back to his feet to the delight of the crowd. They traded punches again, with Couture catching Couture with some solid shots. They continued to trade as the round came to a close. scores the round 10-9 for Nogueira.

Round 3: Nogueira rocked Couture again with a big right that floored Couture and started dropping bombs. It looked like the ref was going to call it off, but Couture was able to pull guard to use up the third of his nine lives. Both guys look great here. Nogueira dropped some shots from the top. Couture tried to get to his feet, but Nogueira worked to take Couture’s back. Couture was able to turn Nogueira over and get inside his guard. He has a minute to try and finish Big Nog, or else he’ll lose the fight. Couture dropped a couple of elbows. You can hear Lesnar at cageside shouting instructions to Couture to pass his guard. Nogueira reversed and mounted Couture as the round ended. scores the round 10-9 for Nogueira.

Winner via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,29-28): Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

After the fight, Nogueira called Couture a true champion and one of his idols. He thanked the fans and said he loved Portland. Joe Rogan asked Nogueira about his condition in the Frank Mir fight, and Nogueira noted that he was in the hospital a week before the fight and had a bunch of injuries. He said he wanted to fight Lesnar for the title.

Couture said he was disappointed to lose, but said he loved the sport and every fighters put it on the line tonight. He said guys like Nogueira are what keep him going. He then said he’s there to fight, noting he’s not done fighting anytime soon, and wouldn’t comment on which weight class he would fight in next.