A middleweight battle between former NCAA champion Jake Rosholt (5-1) and the returning Chris Leben (18-5) is set for the yet-to-be announced UFC 102 event expected to take place in Portland, Ore. on August 29.
Rosholt graduated from Oklahoma State University, where he won the 184-pound NCAA title in 2003 and the 197-pound title in 2005 and 2006. Additionally, he was a four-time All-American and a Big 12 conference champion in 2004 while attending OSU.
After making his pro MMA debut in 2007, Rosholt quickly amassed a 4-0 record before signing a multi-fight agreement with the WEC. Making his debut at WEC 36 on Nov. 5, Rosholt improved to 5-0 with a second round TKO over the previously undefeated Nissen Osterneck.
He sustained the first loss of his career at UFC Fight Night 17 against former IFL middleweight champion Dan Miller when he was forced to tap to a guillotine choke at 1:03 of round 1.
He’ll be taking on an opponent in Leben who has not competed since a unanimous decision loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 89 this past October. A veteran from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Leben was sent to the sidelines by the UFC after the event in response to failing a screening for performance enhancing drugs.
Leben currently operates in own school in Hawaii but has local ties to the Portland area, as he was a long-time member of Matt Lindland’s Team Quest franchise before leaving the camp to become the head instructor at T. Jay Thompson’s ICON Sport gym.
While the UFC has not officially announced UFC 102 or any matches, the event is expected to be headlined by a heavyweight clash featuring former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy Couture taking on former PRIDE heavyweight and interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.