UFC 102 takes place in Portland tonight. It is one of the least inspiring main events they have put together in a long while in my eyes. Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira would have been a great fight five years ago, but now both guys are past their prime, coming off decisive losses, and the whole thing just reeks of desperation. I think Couture will win it, but I have no faith left in either guy – either one could lay a massive egg and I wouldn’t be surprised in the least. The most intriguing match on the card in my mind is Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva. Up until January Silva was undefeated in 13 career fights and was seen as a future megastar in the sport, but then he was ripped to shreds by Lyoto Machida . Now he has to bounce back from that boondoggle, and he has to do it against of the most under-appreciated and dangerous fighters there is. My gut says that Silva is in trouble again, but I am very interesting to see if Silva has what it takes to wipe away the memories of that humiliating loss and start over.

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