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Marquardt calls out Wanderlei

Onion2010-12-14 00:53:58 +0000 #1
I, for one, would love to see this matchup. Wanderlei has been campaigning to get on the Toronto card though, so I'm not sure Nate would be willing to wait that long to fight again.

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"I wanted to take a moment to address several issues. First, I want to thank all of my fans for the overwhelming support I have received leading up to and following the Okami fight. I stepped into the Octagon in Germany with every intention of beating Okami and fighting for the championship,” Marquardt told us.

“Unfortunately, I lost a hard fought decision. Yushin fought a heck of a fight, I give him a lot of credit, but the outcome of the fight is fully my responsibility, it was my fight to win.

“After the fight and in recent days, Dana White has publicly criticized me for being a "choker" and not being aggressive enough. While Dana's comments were difficult to hear, I firmly believe that I am one of the best fighters in the world and will one day be the UFC middleweight champion.

“However in hindsight Dana is right - in order to live up to my full potential and realize my championship dreams I need to be more aggressive and showcase my inherent killer instinct. I need to stalk my opponents, impose my will and finish fights on a consistent basis.”

Marquardt, who is 2-2 in his last four outings, then addressed the issue of which opponent he would like to face next - and why.

“Yesterday, [Rousimar] Palhares began telling anyone who would listen that he wants a rematch. This fight makes no sense to me. I TKO'd him at the 3:28 mark of round one - then after he lost, he tried to make excuses by saying I was greasing! These allegations were immediately discounted by the Texas athletic commission,” he said.

“If Rousimar wants a rematch he will have to earn it, the same way that I will have to earn another title shot.

Which brings me to my final point, who will I fight next.

“In order to re-establish myself as the number one contender, my next opponent needs to be an elite fighter who will stand and bang with me in the center of the Octagon until one of us is knocked out. The fight that makes the most sense to me is Wanderlei Silva. I have a ton of respect for Wanderlei and have wanted this fight for years, the fans have wanted this fight, they deserve to see two of the best fighters in the world in an all out war.

“Wanderlei is an amazing fighter who is very aggressive, I will pursue him with unwavering tenacity, then I will knock him out! I promise the UFC, Dana, my fans, my team, my coaches and most importantly myself that never again will there be a question about my cage aggression."


BulldogWrestler2010-12-14 01:09:27 +0000 #2
Haha.

This REEKS of "I need a fight against someone who has a name and is on the decline and will be an easy fight for me"

It's just so so so so so sad that this kind of guy is now Wanderlei
Horatio2010-12-14 01:18:46 +0000 #3
Exciting potential match-up aside, I hope that Marquardt is serious about wanting to change the level of aggression he demonstrated in the Okami fight. I think he is a good athlete, but often needed more excitement/aggression surrounding his fights. On paper, his comments read sincere, but we will see in the cage.

Also, although I like the matchup with Wanderlei, I don't know if this fight would be the one to prove that Marquardt will be more aggressive in the future. Against Silva, you have little choice, either engage or literally run away.
QuickJack2010-12-14 01:24:38 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by BulldogWrestler

Haha.

This REEKS of "I need a fight against someone who has a name and is on the decline and will be an easy fight for me"

That about nails it
ÉtienneDavignon2010-12-14 01:35:09 +0000 #5
UFC Fight Night 26

Marquardt vs Silva

lol at Mr.Fight Night calling out anyone
LuckyD2010-12-14 03:10:46 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by BulldogWrestler

Haha.

This REEKS of "I need a fight against someone who has a name and is on the decline and will be an easy fight for me"

It's just so so so so so sad that this kind of guy is now Wanderlei

Gotta agree on all points.

With the severe decline of Wand's chin (not to mention his new purrty face), I could see Nate winning a KO here.

I wouldn't completely count Wandy out, but I'd definitely have to go with Nate in this sort of match. I would like to see it however.

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