The UFC made the official announcement today that MMA legends and former UFC champions Randy “The Natural” Couture will face Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009 in the main event at “UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira.”
The event, which will take place and air live on pay-per-view from the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., will mark the UFC’s first foray into the Beaver State. Couture spent much of his athletic career in Oregon, helped establish Team Quest in Gresham, and worked as assistant wrestling coach at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
In a press release PRO MMA (promma.info) received today from the UFC, Couture spoke about being matched-up against “Big Nog” who is known for being one of the toughest fighters to finish in the sport, “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.”