UFC middleweight fighter Nate “The Great” Marquardt is currently coming off of a disappointing loss to Yushin Okami in a bout that would have earned him a shot at the middleweight title. Marquardt has been criticized for his performance against Okami, with his latest detractor being none other than UFC President Dana White. Speaking with FightersOnly.com recently, Marquardt revealed that he is newly motivated by his boss’ negative comments and detailed where he wants to go from here to make a return to form.
“Yesterday, [Rousimar] Palhares began telling anyone who would listen that he wants a rematch. This fight makes no sense to me,” Marquardt said. “I TKO’d him at the 3:28 mark of round one – then after he lost, he tried to make excuses by saying I was greasing! These allegations were immediately discounted by the Texas athletic commission,” he said. “If Rousimar wants a rematch he will have to earn it, the same way that I will have to earn another title shot.”
Instead of Palhares, Marquardt wants to test himself against a legend who has long carried the mantle of the most aggressive fighter in the sport.
“In order to re-establish myself as the number one contender, my next opponent needs to be an elite fighter who will stand and bang with me in the center of the Octagon until one of us is knocked out. The fight that makes the most sense to me is Wanderlei Silva,” he said. “I have a ton of respect for Wanderlei and have wanted this fight for years, the fans have wanted this fight, they deserve to see two of the best fighters in the world in an all out war. Wanderlei is an amazing fighter who is very aggressive, I will pursue him with unwavering tenacity, then I will knock him out! I promise the UFC, Dana, my fans, my team, my coaches and most importantly myself that never again will there be a question about my cage aggression.”