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Randy Couture vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

Main Event | Heavyweight · 265 lbs | MMA

Mmaweekly large Antônio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira
Mmaweekly large Randy "The Natural" Couture

Nogueira
Decision
Round 3

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Randy Couture

"Minotauro" "The Natural"

31-5-1   Pro Record At Fight   16-9-0
Climbed to 32-5   Record After Fight   Fell to 16-10
+153 (Slight Underdog)   Betting Odds   -198 (Moderate Favorite)
Br Brazil   Nationality   Us United States
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Fighting out of   Las Vegas, Nevada
33 years, 2 months, 6 days   Age at Fight   46 years, 2 months
231.0 lbs (104.8 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   220.0 lbs (99.8 kgs)
6'3" (191cm)   Height   6'1" (186cm)
77.0" (196cm)   Reach   75.0" (191cm)
The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter   Walkout Music   AC/DC - Live Wire
Team Nogueira   Gym   Xtreme Couture
UFC 102
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira
  • Date: Saturday 08.29.2009
  • Referee: Mario Yamasaki
  • Venue: Rose Garden
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 11 of 11)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Couture Total Disclosed Pay: $310,000
  • Nogueira Total Disclosed Pay: $460,000
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Couture vs. Nogueira Wiki Update Wiki

The heavyweight tilt between Randy “The Natural” Couture and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira was one of the most anticipated heavyweight fights in MMA history, pitting two venerable old lions of the cage against one another after years of teasers and false starts. When the two legends finally crossed paths in the main event of UFC 102 in August of 2009, the fighters had aged a bit, but had also proven themselves still capable of beating down top contenders.


Nogueira and Couture were both coming off of losses, but the stylistic matchup was a bigger draw than the immediate title implications. Both fighters were recognized as among the most technical in their respective strong suits – “Minotauro” for his boxing and BJJ, Couture for his Greco-Roman clinching and dirty boxing. Both were recognized for being among the toughest in the history of the sport, for being savvy and deceptive, and for rising to the occasion in clutch situations. Nog was known for his come-from-behind victories, while Couture was known for beating the odds against younger, bigger and stronger fighters. For all these reasons, Couture-Nogueira brought a palpable sense of excitement and a crackle to the arena, even though no belt was on the line.


The fight delivered. Over three of the most intense rounds of the year, Nogueira and Couture battled tooth-and-nail to retain their relevance in the UFC heavyweight division. They launched themselves into punching exchanges straight out of the gate in round one, and traded heavy leather in each round thereafter. Each man hurt the other on the feet, and the fight moved to the canvas and back up repeatedly, with the fighters taking turns in top position.


As the fight progressed, however, Nogueira gradually began to wear Couture down with a combination of crisp boxing and a series of artful sweeps and reversals on the ground. Nog also nearly finished the fight twice on the ground, with an attempted D’Arce Choke and an attempted Arm Triangle Choke, both of which Couture gutted out with his entire head turning purple. Nog also stung Couture badly with punches late in the fight, and had clearly taken control when the final bell sounded.


In sum, when the dust settled at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, Nogueira received a deserved Unanimous Decision victory, but Couture proved—at 46 years old—that he still had plenty left in the gas tank for the top heavyweights in MMA.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:39 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

    Highlight  |  Couture vs Nogueira HL Vid by Machinemen report dead link

    MMA video maker Machinemen brings us this Randy Couture vs. "Minotauro" Nogueira highlight reel.

  • Video Blog  |  Randy Couture UFC 102 video blog 4 report dead link

    Watch the official video blog for Randy "The Natural" Couture ahead of his UFC 102 fight versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

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    Watch the official video blog for Randy "The Natural" Couture ahead of his UFC 102 fight versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

  • Video Blog  |  Randy Couture UFC 102 video blog 2 report dead link

    Watch the official video blog for Randy "The Natural" Couture ahead of his UFC 102 fight versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

  • Video Blog  |  Randy Couture UFC 102 video blog 1 report dead link

    Watch the official video blog for Randy "The Natural" Couture ahead of his UFC 102 fight versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

  • Training  |  Nogueira takes an ice bath report dead link

    Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira takes an ice bath to recover from his traning for Randy Couture.

  • Training  |  Randy Couture training to fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira report dead link

    Watch this Randy Couture training video for his UFC 102 fight versus Antontio Rodrigo Nogueira.

  • Video Blog  |  Randy Couture UFC 102 video blog 7 report dead link

    Watch the official video blog for Randy "The Natural" Couture ahead of his UFC 102 fight versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

  • Video Blog  |  Randy Couture UFC 102 video blog 6 report dead link

    Watch the official video blog for Randy "The Natural" Couture ahead of his UFC 102 fight versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

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    Watch the official video blog for Randy "The Natural" Couture ahead of his UFC 102 fight versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

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