Nate Marquardt’s path towards getting a rematch with champ Anderson Silva got a lot stickier when the organization started recruiting talent from outside the Octagon. Although he remains one victory away from a title fight, Marquardt hopes Silva still has the strap by the time it’s his turn again.
“I definitely would prefer to fight Anderson, because he beat me before,” Marquardt told Sherdog.com. “At the same time, if Vitor [Belfort] beats him at [UFC 112] … I’d be happy with either one of those scenarios.”
Although Silva dominated Marquardt in their first meeting back at UFC 73 in July of 2007, the 1stRound TKO loss sent the Jackson Submission-trained fighter on a sick 4-1 tear, with his only loss coming via a controversial split decision to Thales Leites.
Marquardt was last seen knocking out Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ace Demian Maia in the 1stRound of their UFC 102 contest in August. Although he was hoping to get in a 5Round title fight immediately after, the UFC opted to have Belfort challenge Silva for his crown instead.
“I was pretty sure that I had earned another title shot, but that’s not the way it worked out,” Marquardt said. “When that didn’t happen, I was disappointed, but I’m over that now.”
For now, Marquardt is focussing his attention on former WEC middleweight top contender Chael Sonnen. The Team Quest-trained fighter may not dawn UFC gold around his waist, but is a legit threat to knock Marquardt down a couple notches on the 185-pound totem pole.
“He’s a very good wrestler,” Marquardt said of his UFC 109 foe. “I have to make sure my wrestling is where it needs to be. I’ve brushed up on it, fixing any mistakes and making sure my timing and reactions are good. He’s definitely a grinder. I have to use the right strategy and not let him push me around the ring.”
And if you’re able to walk out of the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada with your hand raised on February 6th, THEN you’ll get your shot at the title, right?
“I was told that,” Marquardt says. “I think that’s what fans are going to want.”