Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen
Round 1: The co-main event fighters meet in the middle and touch gloves. Marquardt lands with a kick early, Sonnen tries to grab the leg. The action starts right away with Sonnen getting Marquardt against the cage. They exchange, Sonnen putting the pressure on. Sonnen gets the takedown, Marquardt grabs a guillotine. Sonnen slips out and sits in full guard throwing punches. Marquardt against the cage taking punishment. Marquardt pushes him off, gets up and lands a flying knee. Sonnen gets him back down and lands short elbows. Sonnen punishing Marquardt with sharp elbows. The round ends with Sonnen standing over Marquardt. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Sonnen.
Round 2: Sonnen gets the takedown right away. Marquardt defending well but not attacking from the bottom. Marquardt looks for a kimura. Sonnen gets out of it. Sonnen in half guard, now in butterfly guard. Marquardt trying to scramble, Sonnen relentless. Sonnen is bleeding but landing big shots from the top. Marquardt rolls for a leg, Sonnen is bleeding heavily. Sonnen has Marquardt’s back with one hook. Marquardt landing backwards elbows. Marquardt spins off of the ground, Sonnen immediately takes him back down and starts landing elbows. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Sonnen.
Round 3: The crowd cheers. Marquardt tries a takedown but gets denied. He looks frustrated. Sonnen gets him down again and starts throwing short punches. Sonnen smothering Marquardt. Marquardt scrambling to his feet, Sonnen all over him. Sonnen manhandling Marquardt, Marquardt back to his feet. Sonnen gets him back down. Marquardt gets the guillotine, it’s very tight. Sonnen pops his head out. They scramble again, Marquardt gets on top with 50 seconds to go. Marquardt throwing big punches from the top. The round ends. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Sonnen.
Chael Sonnen defeated Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision (all judges score it 30-27).
After the bout, Chael tells Joe Rogan that he was worried that the cut would stop the fight, said that the guillotine was very close to ending the bout. He said that he wants to fight for the title and that he can beat any man.