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Despite Initial Hesitation, Nate Marquardt Ready To Face Chael Sonnen At UFC 109

After his brutal first round KO victory over Demian Maia at UFC 102, Nate Marquardt figured he was next in line to challenge Anderson Silva for the 185 lbs. crown or at least fight in a number one contender bout. But while the recently announced UFC 109 match up with Chael Sonnen is obviously neither of those, Marquardt isn’t letting any disappointment sink in.

“We just got back to Denver from Montreal and I heard my fight was announced,” Marquardt wrote in a recent blog entry on his website, “I was offered the fight weeks ago but couldn’t say anything until it was announced. I will be fighting Chael Sonnen on February 6 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. Chael is a tough wrestler and is coming off a win against Yushin Okami. I thought I would get a title fight or a fight with Henderson, but neither fight was available, so I accepted the fight with Sonnen.”

Marquardt admitted to being disappointed by the fight at fight, noting, “Honestly I was upset at first. Why should I be fighting a guy that lost to Demian Maia three fights ago? After I thought about it a while, I changed my mind. Sonnen is a great wrestler with decent striking and I don’t want to wait to fight. Now I am pumped to fight and training has been going great! GSP is in town along with Rashad and all the guys. Let’s do this!”

Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen will square off at UFC 109 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV, Super bowl weekend on February 6, 2010. Also on the card, are expected fights between Randy Couture and Mark Coleman, Matt Sera and Frank Trigg, and Josh Koscheck and Paulo Thiago.