Over the past two years, Wilson Gouveia has been quietly moving up the UFC’s middleweight ladder. Victorious in six of his last seven bouts, the American Top Team fighter is banking on an even bigger 2009, where he intends to be crowned the division’s champion.
“2008 was a good year for ATT and 2009 will be even better,” Gouveia confidently stated.”… I myself look to win a title this year. We’re always excited here and ready for any challenge.”
The next step in the long journey to a title shot will have him pitted against one of the division’s best competitors in Nate Marquardt, who happens to have title thoughts on his mind as well.
“I have a lot of respect for Nate Marquardt,” Gouveia said of his UFC 95 opponent. “He is a great fighter who always trains really hard and always leaves his all inside the Octagon. After the champion, Anderson Silva, he’s the best fighter in the division. In my eyes he’s the number one contender, so a win over him would be huge. I’ve been training harder than ever for this fight.”
The winner of this bout will most likely have final say as to who is the top contender to the 185-pound title. Although Gouveia senses that his time is now, he isn’t trying to look too far ahead.
“I’m focused on Marquardt and not looking past him at all,” Gouveia said. “He’s a very tough fighter, but once I beat him I don’t see anybody between me and Anderson Silva. He’s next as far as I’m concerned.”