UFC 102 was an intense night of action-packed fights and highlight reel knockouts. Portland, Oregon fans witnessed two MMA legends put it all on the line, with “Minotauro” Nogueira edging out a victory over hometown hero Randy Couture, plus the quickest KO in UFC history with newcomer Todd Duffee taking out heavyweight Tim Hague with a thunderous shot in just 7 seconds. In addition to a stellar night of fights, a variety of MMA clothing companies, new and old, duked it out as well for coveted prime time exposure.
While popular brands like TapouT and Silver Star continued to lay claim inside the Octagon, it was the emergence of newcomers like Jaco Clothing, MMAdogma and Born Stronger that made a new and lasting impression on fashion-crazed UFC fans. Likewise, a couple of classic MMA-inspired clothing brands, Affliction and Xtreme Couture, reappeared at UFC 102.
Jaco had maximum exposure at UFC 102 by sponsoring Brandon “The Truth” Vera in the night’s opening main card match-up against Krzystof “The Polish Experiment” Soszynski, as well as “Minotauro” Nogueira in the night’s main event against Randy Couture.
Vera, originally rumored to be wearing the new Jaco Philippines Walkout T-Shirt, switched it up and came to the cage in the new Affliction Triple Black tee. However, Jaco made the most of Vera’s sponsorship opportunity by outfitting him in the new Jaco Philippines Tenacity hat for his walkout, plus Jaco Resurgence Philippines Fight Shorts for his three round war inside the cage.
Krzystof Soszynski sported his new UFC 102 Skin Industries Signature T-shirt, along with a matching bright red and white Skin Industries baseball cap, in honor of his Polish-Canadian roots. “The Polish Experiment” also donned a pair of matching red and white Clinch Gear shorts, complete with Canadian maple leafs along the sides.
Hostility resurfaced for UFC 102 by sponsoring Chris “The Crippler” Leben in his return to the Octagon. Leben wore the new Hostility Bloody II T-shirt, as well as the Hostility Web Hat, during his walkout. His opponent Jake Rosholt was outfitted completely in Ecko MMA gear (T-shirt, hat and fight shorts).
Two of the MMA world’s top clothing brands, TapouT and Bad Boy MMA clashed inside the cage, as Demian Maia came fully decked out in Bad Boy MMA clothing (T-shirt, hat and fight shorts), while his opponent, Nate “the Great” Marquardt introduced the world to his new TapouT Nate Marquardt Black Label Signature T-shirt. Co-headliner Keith Jardine also showcased his own TapouT Keith Jardine Black label Signature T-shirt, for fans of “The Dean of Mean”.
Silver Star, who has been seen all over the UFC as of late, introduced two new signature series T-shirts including the Silver Star “Minotauro” Nogueira signature shirt, as well as the new Silver Star Thiago Silva signature shirt, both from the Silver Star Combat Collection.
Lastly, the night’s hometown hero, Randy “The Natural” Couture, A.K.A. “Captain America”, came out wearing the Xtreme Couture Patriot Walkout tee from his own brand, Xtreme Couture, which was previously banned by the UFC due to the clothing brand’s affiliation with Affliction. Both Affliction and Xtreme Couture have been allowed back inside the UFC ever since the Affliction MMA promotion folded and stopped promoting Mixed Martial Arts events opposite the UFC.
Final comments – which clothing brands came out on top during UFC 102? One would have to agree that TapouT and Silver Star continue to reign supreme inside the Octagon thanks to the stunning signature tees produced by both brands. However, FighterXFashion.com also gives praise to Jaco Clothing for the new fashion label’s prominent product placement and brand exposure throughout the night’s main card.
All around, a great set of new styles to keep MMA fashion fiends satisfied until the next big event.