After his impressive victory over Martin Kampmann last weekend at UFC 88, Nate Marquardt feels that he has now put himself in the position as top contender to challenge for middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s title. Sure he has already suffered a humiliating loss to the reigning champion at UFC 73, but Marquardt feels that he has earned himself a chance for redemption.
“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.”
Since his initial loss to Silva, Marquardt has gone 2-1, with his sole loss coming controversially against Thales Leites at UFC 85. Marquardt suffered a close split decision loss after being deducted two points for illegal strikes. After review, only one of the strikes were actually illegal.
Marquardt feels that he is a different fighter now, one that has gained much composure and maturity. When asked what area specifically he has grown up in, Marquardt pointed to not getting overly anxious when he stuns his opponents, enabling him to finish off the fights.
“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. 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.”
When asked what he would do differently this time around against the champion, Marquardt simply stated, “I think it would turn into a war. Right now I am confident in my skills.”
It looks as though Silva and Marquardt are once again on a collision course for one another, at least Marquardt feels they are.