Heavyweight up-and-comer Chris Tuchscherer will reportedly make his UFC debut at UFC 102 on August 29th in Portland, Oregon against Gabriel Gonzaga.
UFC 102 is headlined by Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and is also expected to feature Demian Maia vs. Nate Marquardt, Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva, and Matt Hamill vs. Brandon Vera.
Tuchscherer (17-1-1), a two-time NCAA Division II All-American, suffered his only career loss to Travis Wiuff last April in the finals of the disaster that was YAMMA. He’s since reeled of three-straight victories, winning the Max Fights and SNMAA heavyweight championships with wins over Tony Mendoza and Branden Lee Hinkle respectively, and most recently TKO’d Jamie Klair in the opening round of their April bout.
Gonzaga (10-4) challenged then-heavyweight champion Randy Couture for the title in 2007 following his head kick knockout of Mirko Cro Cop, but suffered a third-round TKO loss in the championship bout. After suffering another loss to Fabricio Werdum, “Napao” rebounded with back-to-back victories over Justin McCully and Josh Hendricks. In a bout against fellow contender Shane Carwin in March, Gonzaga was stopped with strikes just over one minute into the first round.