Chael Sonnen took an easy unanimous decision win over Nate Marquardt at UFC 109 and parlayed that into a championship fight against middleweight king Anderson Silva at UFC 117. Although Sonnen nearly upset the planet’s deadliest assassin, his failed drug test quickly dissolved his practically perfect performance.
Marquardt was a considerable favorite against Sonnen this past February, but was surprisingly outwrestled for the majority of their matchup. Now that Sonnen’s resume appears to be tainted courtesy of his alleged PED abuse, the obvious assumption would be that he juiced for his fight against Marquardt to become the top contender.
Whether that’s the case or not, only the one-time political hopeful will know (Sonnen did not produce a positive test following UFC 109). Regardless, “Nate the Great” believes he should be able to school most in his division – cheaters included.
“My thinking is, it doesn’t matter if the guy I’m fighting is on steroids,” Marquardt told the Las Vegas Sun. “I don’t care about that. I should be able to beat him either way. I feel like I can fight someone on steroids and still have them at a disadvantage.
“If you’re a true athlete, the best way is to be natural. Anything you get from steroids you’re trading off somewhere else, whether it’s your cardio or longevity in the sport. You need all those things.”
Although Sonnen utterly dominated Silva for the better part of five rounds, a slight lapse in judgment cost him the opportunity of a lifetime. Regardless, most MMA pundits believed Sonnen unveiled the blueprint to dethroning the middleweight champion.
Not so, says the 31-year-old.
“To say that is really silly, in my opinion, because he lost,” Marquardt stated. “Even though he beat the crap out of Anderson for four rounds he ended up losing and that’s party because of the way he was fighting.
“Some of the same things he was doing that created openings for him to do damage and hold him down are the same things that put him in trouble of getting caught. I have my own game plan.”
Marquardt can exercise his UFC 109 demons when he meets Yushin Okami in a top contender bout at UFC 122 on November 13th.