With UFC 88 win, Nate Marquardt anxious for second title shot

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Twenty20Dollars
9/9/08 4:49:27PM
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Nate Marquardt's destruction of the very game Martin Kampmann (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at UFC 88 has put the rest of the middleweight division on notice and cemented his status as a top contender.

It's also got Marquardt (27-8-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) thinking about a potential rematch with current champ Anderson Silva.

Marquardt discussed this past weekend's fight and the possibility of second bout with Silva while a guest on Monday’s edition of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

"I felt good during the fight, confident during the fight," Marquardt said of his win over Kampmann. "I just went in and did my game plan."

Many had predicted Marquardt a favorite over the Danish kickboxer, but nobody could have expected the sheer ferocity and the ease with which the Team Jackson member would finish off such a seasoned fighter. Marquardt, sometimes dogged for dragging fights to decisions, has now earned stoppage victories in three of his past four victories.

"When the opportunity is there, I want to take it," Marquardt said. "I have fought a lot of tough guys, but I think I am getting a lot better at being able to finish fights."

Now a mature 29 years old, Marquardt admits he's become a lot more comfortable and patient in the cage. In the past, at the first sign of blood, Marquardt would sometimes launch into a frantic and wild game plan as he chased his opponents.

"I would hurt them, but I would get so excited and just throw wild punches and not land," he said. "In this fight when I had him hurt, I took my time and tried to land my punches."

With a UFC middleweight division thin on top talent, and with Marquardt's eights wins in his past 10 fights (which included a controversial split-decision loss to Thales Leites earlier this year), Marquardt is again in the thick of the title picture.

Having fought the current title-holder once previously, Marquardt knows exactly what Silva brings to the table. Marquardt was stopped in the first round of their encounter in 2007 at UFC 73. Not fazed by the loss, Marquardt welcomes a rematch and believes this time there would be a different outcome.

"I don’t know what the UFC's plans are," he said. "I feel I am ready for Anderson. I learned my lesson the last time I fought him. I feel like I am twice as good and twice as dangerous as before.

"I think it would turn into a war. Right now I am confident in my skills."
Aether
9/9/08 4:52:37PM
I think he needs to fight someone, probably henderson, to determine #1 contedership. He's definitely on his way to a shot, but there are a couple of other guys who are as well. Plus they all need to wait for both Cote and Yushin to have their shots.
postman
9/9/08 5:25:15PM
Yeah I think you are right Dan and Nate are prob going to fight for #1 contender . Should be a great fight.
Twenty20Dollars
9/9/08 5:28:44PM
I dont think they will match up hendo vs marquardt because I think ufc wants both of these guys to rematch a-silva and right now they are both on track and don't want to knock one of them off.

Agreed though that marquardt needs to have atleast one more fight before gets another crack at the title because a-silva still has to defend against cote, okami. Having another fight and win for marquardt would keep him conditioned until them.
coldchillin
9/9/08 5:59:32PM
Henderson should fight the Bisping-Leben winner.

Marquardt should fight Demian Maia next.
Porch28
9/9/08 6:02:10PM
I absolutely think Nate can beat Silva. It would make one hell of a rematch
Aether
9/9/08 6:59:05PM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

I dont think they will match up hendo vs marquardt because I think ufc wants both of these guys to rematch a-silva and right now they are both on track and don't want to knock one of them off.

Agreed though that marquardt needs to have atleast one more fight before gets another crack at the title because a-silva still has to defend against cote, okami. Having another fight and win for marquardt would keep him conditioned until them.



I was thinking that match might not happen for the same reason. Logically it should because they're the two guys with the best shot to beat him, but you might be right that because the division is so thin they won't want to derail either of them from another title run.
gartface
9/9/08 8:09:46PM

Posted by Porch28

I absolutely think Nate can beat Silva. It would make one hell of a rematch


I think he could control him on the ground and pound out a decision.
Jesse_Canadian_MMA
9/9/08 8:24:39PM
I agree I think Marquardt vs Henderson is a good fight and should take place first before the title shot.
but what about Cote' he's going to be the champion so....
ziegler3334
9/9/08 9:13:02PM
They won't put nate up against dan. It would be a great fight, but they would like both of them to fight silva. I could see henderson fighting the winner of reljic/leites. And i could see marquardt fighting the winner of bisping/leben.

Those are all exciting fights. But all these plans could change if anderson silva loses........ hahaha
Mchubb316
9/9/08 9:29:47PM
Marquardt needs another fight, and win before he gets his shot, as well does Henderson. I know the UFC wants them both to get another crack at him, but having them fight each other would determine a true #1 contender. Okami is again being overlooked for a shot here as well, but I think he will get his when he is healthy.
Wolfenstein
9/9/08 10:26:47PM
Marquardt vs Silva wasn't even close the last time. Nate's standup looks improved but Silva is just too fast. Anderson will dart in and out picking Nate apart enroute to a 1st round TKO.
whardin19
9/10/08 3:44:41PM

Posted by Wolfenstein

Marquardt vs Silva wasn't even close the last time. Nate's standup looks improved but Silva is just too fast. Anderson will dart in and out picking Nate apart enroute to a 1st round TKO.



Nate got caught plain and simple he was doing good before that. I think Nate deserves a rematch. With another win over a top opponent. Marquardt in my opinion (besides Henderson) is the only guy that has a chance to beat Silva at 185.

As for a Nate vs. Dan match. I can see that happening. It's not like a loss to each other is going to drop them far in a weak divsion. The loser could easily work there way back up quickly.

In my opinion though if Bisping beats Leben pretty decisevely in October I think Silva vs. Bisping is going to be the next title fight.
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