Nathan Marquardt

UFC Confirms Marquardt-Kampmann


Martin Kampmann. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship today confirmed that former middleweight title challenger Nate Marquardt will take on Martin Kampmann in a main card bout at UFC 88: Breakthrough, which will take place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on September 6th.

Despite clearly beating Thales Leites in their middleweight bout at UFC 85 in June, Marquardt ended up losing a split decision to the Brazilian because of two costly point deductions. Prior to that, he bounced back from a failed title shot against Anderson Silva to quickly submit longtime veteran Jeremy Horn at UFC 81 in February.

Two years after being acquired from the now defunct WFA, Kampmann remains undefeated in the UFC. After quickly racking up three straight wins, Kampmann was forced out of action for over a year after suffering a knee injury that required multiple surgeries. However he was victorious in his return, earning a first-round submission of Jorge Rivera at UFC 85.

Report: Marquardt-Kampmann Set for UFC 88


Nate Marquardt. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Former middleweight title challenger Nate Marquardt will reportedly take on Martin Kampmann when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia for UFC 88: Breakthrough on September 6th

The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, citing sources close to the fight. Both fighters have reportedly agreed to the fight, which will likely finalize the televised portion of the event’s PPV main card. A formal announcement of the bout is expected to come at some point next week.

Despite clearly beating Thales Leites in their middleweight bout at UFC 85 in June, Marquardt ended up losing a split decision to the Brazilian because of two costly point deductions. Prior to that, he bounced back from a failed title shot against Anderson Silva to quickly submit longtime veteran Jeremy Horn at UFC 81 in February.

Two years after being acquired from the now defunct WFA, Kampmann remains undefeated in the UFC. After quickly racking up three straight wins, Kampmann was forced out of action for over a year after suffering a knee injury that required multiple surgeries. However he was victorious in his return, earning a first-round submission of Jorge Rivera at UFC 85.

UFC 85: Bedlam Post-Fight Videos

Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes and the man who defeated him over the weekend, American Top Team product Thiago Alves, discuss their main event battle at the post-fight press conference for UFC 85: Bedlam in the above video courtesy of ESPN.

After the jump, England native Michael Bisping talks about his win over Canadian middleweight Jason Day and the signings of more mixed martial artists from his home country by the UFC in recent months. Mike Swick, Kevin Burns, and Nate Marquardt also discuss their respective fights at the event as well.

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Alves Hands Hughes Another Loss in London


Thiago Alves. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

All things must eventually come to an end.

Matt Hughes hasn’t officially retired, but his career is now visibly coming to an end. While two straight losses to current welterweight king Georges St. Pierre are nothing to be alarmed about, Hughes, who once said that he would hang up the gloves before becoming anyone’s highlight reel, was stunned again yesterday afternoon at the UFC’s latest event in London courtesy of a Thiago Alves’ flying knee.

Alves, who failed to make weight for the fight and forced the bout to take place at a catch-weight of 174 lbs, was in control from the start of the fight, evading multiple takedown attempts from Hughes, a former All-American collegiate wrestler.

However Hughes was eventually able to take Alves down to the canvas late in the first round. Despite not mounting much offense, Hughes was able to control Alves from top position for a good portion of the round before Alves reversed position and worked some ground-and-pound of his own before the horn sounded to end the stanza.

The second round saw Hughes take a knee to the face after trying another early takedown. The blow opened a cut near the former champion’s mouth and Hughes found himself on his back and avoiding strikes from Alves yet again. After landing a few hard punches, a scramble allowed both fighters to get back to their feet.

Alves then rushed Hughes and connected with a flying knee that sent the Miletich Fighting Systems product crumbling to the mat, his left knee awkwardly bending behind him. Alves pounced on a defenseless Hughes and connected with a couple of unanswered shots before referee Herb Dean stepped in to halt the bout.

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UFC 85: Bedlam Results

Antoni Hardonk def. Eddie Sanchez - TKO
Paul Taylor def. Jess Liaudin - Split Decision, R3
Luis Cane def. Jason Lambert - TKO
Kevin Burns def. Roan Carneiro - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Matt Wiman def. Thiago Tavares - KO
Martin Kampmann def. Jorge Rivera - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Fabricio Werdum def. Brandon Vera - TKO
Thales Leites def. Nate Marquardt - Split Decision
Mike Swick def. Marcus Davis - Unanimous Decision
Michael Bisping def. Jason Day - TKO
Thiago Alves def. Matt Hughes - TKO

Evans Pulled from Finalized “Bedlam” Card


Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Just hours after Brazilian striker Luis Cane stepped in for an injured James Irvin against former collegiate standout wrestler Rashad Evans, the UFC has decided to remove Evans from the card when the organization travels overseas to London, England on June 7th for UFC 85: Bedlam.

The promotion made the announcement this morning via their official website.

Evans was originally slated to take on Thiago Silva at this weekend’s UFC 84: Ill Will event in Las Vegas but was moved to the June card after Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was forced to pull out of his main event showdown against former champion Chuck Liddell.

After a torn hamstring forced Liddell off the show, Irvin was brought in as a late replacement opponent for Evans, eventually succumbing to the injury bug as well in the form of a broken foot suffered during a recent training session. No word as of yet on the extent of his injury nor how long he will be sidelined.

Cane will now once again take on Jason Lambert in a preliminary bout, capping off the card at a total of eleven fights. A middleweight bout between former title challenger Nate Marquardt and Thales Leites has been moved up to the televised portion of the event.

UFC 85 will be headlined by a main event welterweight clash between former longtime champion Matt Hughes and rising American Top Team product Thiago Alves. England native Michael Bisping will also be in action, taking on Canadian middleweight Jason Day.

Five Bouts Made Official for UFC 85


Marcus Davis throws a right hand at Paul Taylor. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship today made five previously rumored bouts official for their next event overseas: UFC 85: Liddell vs Evans.

The event will be highlighted by a light heavyweight contenders clash between former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans, who will be replacing an injured Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Heavyweights Brandon Vera and Fabricio Werdum are also slated to collide.

Among the bouts that will be featured on the televised portion of the pay-per-view includes a much-anticipated showdown between exciting welterweights Marcus Davis and Mike Swick, who only hold one loss each in a combined total of fourteen fights.

Martin Kampmann will return to action for the first time since submitting Drew McFedries at UFC 68 last March against Jorge Rivera, who is coming off of an upset stoppage of Kendall Grove in January.

Additional fights that were announced include the following: Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites, Martin Kampmann vs. Jorge Rivera, Thiago Tavares vs. Matt Wiman, and Luis Arthur Cane vs. Jason Lambert .

The rumored fight card for the event now looks like this:

Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans
Fabricio Werdum vs. Brandon Vera
Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites
Marcus Davis vs. Mike Swick
Martin Kampmann vs. Jorge Rivera
Ryo Chonan vs. Roan Carneiro*
Thiago Tavares vs. Matt Wiman
Jess Liaudin vs. Paul Taylor*
Luis Arthur Cane vs. Jason Lambert
Neil Wain vs. Antoni Hardonk*

* - not yet confirmed by UFC.

Report: Marquardt-Leites Signed for June


Nate Marquardt weighs-in for UFC Fight Night 8. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Nate Marquardt and Thales Leites will reportedly attempt to fight again in June when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels overseas to London, England for UFC 85.

Both MMA Weekly and MMA Junkie have confirmed the bout with members of Marquardt and Leites’ respective camps.

UFC 85 will feature a light heavyweight contenders match between former champion Chuck Liddell and “Ultimate Fighter” season two winner Rashad Evans. Heavyweight standouts Fabricio Werdum and Brandon Vera will also clash.

Marquardt and Leites were originally slated to meet in a middleweight bout at UFC 81: Breaking Point. However Leites was forced to pull out of the bout after suffering a broken hand during training and was required to undergo surgery. He was replaced by Jeremy Horn, whom Marquardt submitted at the event.

The win over Horn was Marquardt’s first fight since he was stopped by current champion Anderson Silva last summer. It was Marquardt’s first defeat in close to three years.

After dropping a unanimous decision to Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut, Leites has gone on to win three consecutive fights, the most recent a submission win over journeyman Ryan Jensen last August.

A Tale of Two Comebacks: Nogueira, Mir Survive


Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira throws a right hand at Tim Sylvia during their championship fight at UFC 81: Breaking Point. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira became the first mixed martial artist in history to hold championship gold inside the confines of both the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the PRIDE Fighting Championships as he submitted former two-time champion Tim Sylvia to win the interim UFC heavyweight belt at last night’s UFC 81: Breaking Point.

The 10,583 inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas saw an eventful first round where Sylvia shook off a right hand flush to his face to knock Nogueira down with a right of his own. Sylvia pounced on Nogueira but was unable to finish him off. The Brazilian maintained his composure and scored a swift combination and a late takedown during the final seconds of the first round.

The pace slowed considerably heading into the second stanza. Sparing a near takedown by Nogueira, the round took place on the feet the entire time. Each fighter landed their fair share of jabs and combinations throughout the five minutes. Sylvia looked to land a pair of rights that hurt Nogueira with under two minutes left in the round but the slow pace provided very little opportunity to capitalize on.

A right hand by Sylvia caused Nogueira to pull guard at the beginning of the third round. The skilled ground specialist quickly swept Sylvia, transitioned to side-control, and then locked in a guillotine as his opponent tried to stand up. Sylvia didn’t put up much of a fight and quickly tapped out, giving Nogueira the interim title.

“He’s a true heavyweight,” Nogueira said of Sylvia during a post-fight interview. “He’s a giant. I got in many hard punches in this fight. I was waiting for a good opportunity to put him on the ground. I always try at least one submission. If that doesn’t work, I go for a second and it worked tonight.”

Although visibly discouraged after the fight, Sylvia showed a good amount of respect for his opponent’s efforts.

“It’s Nogueira,” Sylvia said. “Every fight he’s in, he gets his ass kicked for the first ten minutes. You start getting comfortable fighting him and next thing you know, he catches you in something. The guy is a legend in the sport.”

Nogueira also pleaded for current champion Randy Couture to return from his resignation from the promotion in order to unify the belts and put on a great fight for the fans. Only time will tell if Couture will continue his stance or give in to the demands of Nogueira and many other UFC officials.

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UFC 81: Breaking Point Results

Antonio Nogueira def. Tim Sylvia - Submission (Guillotine)
Frank Mir def. Brock Lesnar - Submission (Kneebar)
Nate Marquardt def. Jeremy Horn - Submission (Guillotine)
Ricardo Almeida def. Rob Yundt - Submission (Guillotine)
Tyson Griffin def. Gleison Tibau - Unanimous Decision
Chris Lytle def. Kyle Bradley - TKO (Strikes)
Tim Boetsch def. David Heath - TKO (Strikes)
Marvin Eastman def. Terry Martin - Unanimous Decision
Robert Emerson def. Keita Nakamura - Split Decision

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