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Old 11-26-2008, 11:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC Quick Quote: More middleweight confidence Nate Marquardt edition

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“[Michael Bisping and Demian Maia] are good fighters. Bisping can go and go, and Maia is good on the ground. But neither one of them has fought anyone who is as good as me or at the same level of fighter that I am. It would be a huge jump in class for them to fight me, and I think I could finish either one of them off in round one or two…. The desire for a rematch with Anderson Silva is obvious, and it’s a great desire of mine. I really feel like I didn’t fight the way I wanted to fight. I just didn’t show up that night. When I was sticking with my game plan, I was winning the fight. I went away from that, and he took advantage of it. The next time we fight, it will be a war and I can’t wait for the opportunity.”
– Yesterday it was Michael Bisping and today it’s Nate Marquardt. The former number one middleweight contender talks about what he would do to either Bisping or Demian Maia in a Sherdog.com interview. The former King of Pancrase also lobbies hard to be named the coach opposite “The Count” on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9. If gets his wish he’ll certainly be one step closer toward achieving two objectives — fighting Bisping and rematching Silva.



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Honestly I agree with Nate with pretty much everything here. ATM I think it's clear he's better and definitely more well-rounded than Maia or Bisping. They are both improving but Nate has gotten more confident since the Silva loss and his stand-up has improved immensely. Out of all the fighters that has previously lost to Silva IMO Nate stands to have the best chance to avenge that loss should the rematch happen.



In my perfect world- Okami fights Silva next and then later on Marquardt gets another crack at Silva possibly(or yes even Okami) after beating another top MW to solidify his position.


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Old 11-26-2008, 12:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I honestly think Maia could win as well as Marquardt if they fought, but I do think Marquardt would smash Bisping.
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Old 11-26-2008, 01:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with Nate. He has come a long way since his loss and I see him beating both Maia and Bisping if he fights them before his rematch with Silva. In fact, I think he can dethrone Silva when they rematch.
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