UFC 102 Odds

UFC 102 takes place from the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore. on Saturday, Aug. 29, and the main event features two of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time.

The main card has five fights including a fight to determine a No. 1 contender for the middleweight championship later down the line. Here is a closer look at UFC 102’s top fights.

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Hall Of Fame Heavyweights Clash

The main event of UFC 102 is between top heavyweight contenders Randy Couture and Antonio Minotauro Nogueira. Couture is already in the UFC Hall of Fame and Nogueira will be in someday. Both fighters are coming off second-round TKO losses in their previous fights and looking to get back into the title picture with a win. Couture’s last fight was a loss to current heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar last November. Prior to that loss, Couture, who 46-years-old, defeated top heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga and Tim Sylvia. Nogueira is coming off a loss to Frank Mir in his last fight last December, but Nogueira later cited that he was just coming off a staph infection prior to the fight. Nogueira has not looked impressive in his three-fight UFC career. He was rattled early in his debut fight against Heath Herring before winning a decision and then was getting battered by Syliva in his second fight before scoring a submission in the third round. Many are questioning whether Nogueira has what it takes to fight in today’s UFC, and this Saturday’s fight will be a big test in proving the doubters wrong. Couture is favored to win with a line of -200 while Nogueira comes in with a line of +160.

Light Heavyweight Contenders Look To Get Back On Track

The co-headliner of UFC 102 is between light heavyweight fighters Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva. Both fighters are in the top of the heap in the light heavyweight division, but both are also looking to bounce back from recent defeats. Jardine has been a streaky fighter, beating top names like Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell, but losses to Houston Alexander and Wanderlei Silva have set him back. Jardine’s most recent fight was a close decision loss to Quinton Jackson in March, but a win over Silva would put him back into top contender status. Silva had a four-fight winning streak in the UFC before being knocked out by current 205-pound champion Lyoto Machida last January. Silva doesn’t hold a marquee win in his career, but a win on Saturday would allow him to take a step to the next level of contenders in the UFC. Jardine is favored to win with a line of -140, while Silva has a line of +110.

No. 1 Contender’s Match

One of the lesser-billed, but very big fights at UFC 102 is a middleweight contest between Nate Marquardt and Demian Maia. The winner of this fight will be the No. 1 contender to Anderson Silva’s middleweight championship following Silva’s fight with Dan Henderson in the near future. Marquardt already had a title shot against Silva back in July of 2007, but since losing in the first round, Marquardt has won three out of four fights, with the lone loss coming in a split decision to Thales Leites after Marquardt lost two points for penalties in the fight. Marquardt has defeated top middleweight fighters like Wilson Gouveia, Martin Kampmann, and Jeremy Horn on his way back to a rematch with Silva. Maia is unbeaten in his MMA career and is 5-0 with the UFC with submission wins in all five fights. Maia has made quick work of most of his opponents, but Marquardt will be his toughest fight to date. Marquardt is favored to win with a line of -180 while Maia has a line of +150.

UFC 102 takes place live from Portland, Ore. on Aug. 29 starting at 10 p.m. ET. Below are the currently listed odds for the event. Odds are provided by online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com.

UFC Heavyweights

Randy Couture -200

Antonio Minotauro Nogueira +160

UFC Light Heavyweights

Keith Jardine -140

Thiago Silva +110

UFC Middleweights

Nate Marquardt -180

Demian Maia +150

UFC Middleweights

Chris Leben -165

Jake Rosholt +135

UFC Light Heavyweights

Brandon Vera -200

Krzysztof Soszynski +160

UFC Middleweights

Ed Herman -140

Aaron Simpson +110

UFC Heavyweights

Gabriel Gonzaga -400

Chris Tuchscherer +300

UFC Heavyweights

Mike Russow -250

Justin McCully +195

UFC Heavyweights

Todd Duffee -165

Tim Hague +135

UFC Middleweights

Mark Munoz -210

Nick Catone +165

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Posted: 8/24/09 9:09PM ET

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