Nate Marquardt was staring a potential rematch with middleweight king Anderson Silva dead in the eyes this weekend at UFC 122. Unfortunately for the 31-year-old, he unleashed the ultimate choke job – per UFC president Dana White – allowing Yushin Okami to advance to a title fight.
Although White was less than thrilled with Marquardt’s performance on Saturday, he wasn’t nearly as upset as the countless gambleholics that stacked their chips behind “Nate the Great” and his 2.5-to-1 favorite status.
The former top contender remained steady at -250 leading up to their highly anticipated showdown. However, Okami dropped from +190 to +180 in the early morning – leading many to believe that the late yen was going on the Japanese star’s side of the sand.
The last available line posted before the curtain was drawn inside the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany were Marquardt -210/Okami +165.
Silva will put his strap on the line against Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 on February 5th. Okami-san will now face the winner.
FYI – Cain Velasquez was a significant underdog against Brock Lesnar in the main event at UFC 121 and managed to pull through. Lyoto Machida is nearly a 3-to-1 favorite to beat Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the featured contest at UFC 123 this Saturday.
Can Rampage provide some more long shot lovin’ and complete the trifecta?