Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Submission of the Year: Mir on Nogueira

Frank Mir submits Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Photo by Esther Lin/MMAFighting.com.

While last month's rematch between Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was going to be a memorable one no matter what, it's hard to say that anyone imagined the outcome that occurred.

The first meeting between the two submission specialists took place in December 2008, right after both finished up stints as opposing coaches on a season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show. The fight never hit the ground, and Mir used surprisingly superior striking to become the first fighter to ever stop Nogueira.

Since their original clash, Mir had continued to remain among the top heavyweights in the world, while Nogueira battled injuries and brutal losses alike. Many pundits thought that Mir would use his power to stop Nogueira again, in a similar fashion as UFC 92. Mir stopped Nogueira, but not with strikes, and made history in the process.

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Video: Ortiz Discusses Near-Future Retirement at UFC 140 Pre-Fight Press Conference

Tito Ortiz. Photo courtesy of TitoOrtiz.com.

Former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has accomplished almost everything in mixed martial arts, including recently saving his career with the organization.

However, at 36 years-of-age and a nearly 14-year career plagued with ups and downs and in recent years, an array of injuries, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" says that he has almost had enough.

Watch and listen to Ortiz discuss his potential retirement next year as well as comments from UFC 140 main card fighters Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Frank Mir, the Nogueira brothers and others after the jump.

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Previewing UFC 140: The Main Card

Lyoto Machida. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

It's hard to believe that another major UFC event is upon us, but UFC 140 is just days away. Emanating from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the UFC's second visit to what could be MMA's biggest fan base features Jon Jones making the second defense of the UFC light heavyweight title against the ever-elusive Lyoto Machida.

Other high-profile main card bouts include a pivotal rematch between former heavyweight champions and opposing "TUF" coaches Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as Tito Ortiz attempting to stave off retirement once more against the younger Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

After the jump is a preview of the main card, including a breakdown of the storylines leading into each fight as well as what to look for during the bouts.

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Video: Countdown to UFC 140

Jon Jones. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

It's hard to believe, but UFC 140 is already upon us. The event, which is headlined by Jon Jones making his second defense of the UFC light heavyweight title, emanates from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this Saturday night.

Jones will put his belt on the line against former champion Lyoto Machida, who secured another crack at the title courtesy of a highlight-reel KO of UFC hall-of-famer Randy Couture back in April. UFC 140 will also feature an important rematch between former champions Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as a battle between younger brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and UFC icon Tito Ortiz.

An embedded video after the jump features "Countdown to UFC 140" which previews the three high-profile contests that will take place this weekend.

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Video: UFC 134 Extended Preview

Here's an extended preview of the UFC's return to Brazil next Saturday for UFC 134, which takes place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro and is headlined by a UFC middleweight title bout between reigning champion Anderson Silva and the last man to hand him a loss, number one contender Yushin Okami.

UFC 102 Fighter Salaries and Bonuses


Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Oregon State Athletic Commission has released the official list of fighter salaries for UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira which took place on Saturday, August 29 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

Following the event, UFC officials handed out $60,000 bonuses for Knockout of the Night, Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night. The recipients of the awards were as follows:

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Tap Selections: UFC 102


Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are our predictions (after the jump, winners in bold) for UFC 102.

The event will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Also on the card will be a light heavyweight attraction featuring Keith Jardine and Thiago Silva.

Feel free to leave your predictions as well in our comments section.

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Rock the Vote: Couture or Nogueira?

We’re a little more than 24 hours away from one of the most anticipated fights in the history of the sport. Despite both fighters continuing to distance themselves from their respective career primes, legendary heavyweights Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will finally clash in the main event of UFC 102 this Saturday night.

It’s a dream matchup that has been discussed for years and years now. Will the dirty boxing and powerful wrestling of Couture be able to match up against Nogueira’s famous ground game and unreal durability? What do you think?

Randy Couture’s UFC 102 Video Blog: Day One

Here is the first instalment of former UFC heavyweight champion Randy “The Natural” Couture’s video blog for UFC 102, which will follow Couture in the days leading up to his bout with former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

UFC 102: Joe Rogan Breaks Down Couture vs. Nogueira Heavyweight Showdown

In the above video courtesy of Yahoo! Sports and UFC.com, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan gives his take on next weekend’s anticipated heavyweight showdown between MMA legends Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

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