UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt is currently set to do battle with middleweight dark horse Yushin Okami this November 13th in Germany. The bout will establish the next contender in line for a shot at the middleweight throne, a position that he has found himself in before. Marquardt fought Chael Sonnen back in February for the number one contendership and lost a three round decision to the brash Oregonian. After Sonnen battled UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva for the title this past August (losing by fifth round submission) it was revealed that he failed his pre-fight performance enhancing drug test; which he now plans to appeal in December.
The Las Vegas Sun recently spoke with Marquardt and asked him if he was bitter at the fact that Sonnen could have been using PEDs when they fought, but “The Great” replied that it is his job to be prepared enough to deal with anything his opponent brings to the table; regardless of whether the methods his opponent employs are legal or illegal.
“My thinking is, it doesn’t matter if the guy I’m fighting is on steroids,” Marquardt said. “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.”
Regardless, Marquardt isn’t rushing to judge Sonnen; opting instead to wait until all of the facts have been presented before looking down on a fighter he respects.
“Honestly, I really don’t know what to think. I don’t know the facts,” Marquardt said. “Either way, he’s a tough guy and he’s going to be back before long.”
Marquardt and Okami will square off this November 13th at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany in the main event of UFC 122.