Spiars' Quick Picks: UFC 102

Sterling SpiarsAnalyst IAugust 29, 2009

Main card

Two legends square-off for a shot at being named the No. 1 contender: Randy "The Natural" Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira. I'm picking Captain America in this one, as Randy will always have fight in him.

The match-up between Keith Jardine and Thiago Silve should work out to be a good old-fashioned slug-fest. I'm taking Keith Jardine in this one: He has fought in some tough battles, and you can't really say the same for Silva.

Two very different styles will be facing off when Chris Leben and Jake Rosholt meet. Leben usually stuffs the take-downs, and probably takes this fight.

Another No. 1 contender match showcases Nate Marquardt and Demian Maia. Marquardt is too much of an all-around fighter for Maia to handle, and I see Marquardt winning handily.

The opening match pits Brandon Vera against Krzysztof Soszynski. Brandon is a gate-keeper, but he might lose this fight to Krzysztof.


Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Chris Tuchscherer - Chris Tuchscherer

Justin McCully vs. Mike Russow - Mike Russow

Todd Duffee vs. Tim Hague - Tim Hague

Nick Catone vs. Mark Munoz - Nick Catone

Marcus Aurelio vs. Evan Dunham - Marcus Aurelio

Ed Herman vs. Aaron Simpson - Aaron Simpson