UFC call comes for Marquardt
"We have been in contact with them. (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva called this week to talk about my next fight and to discuss a new contract," Marquardt told Brawl Sports late Thursday. When asked about the likelihood of reaching an agreement to continue fighting in the UFC, Marquardt was upbeat, "I'm very confident it will happen."
Marquardt has one fight left on his current pact with the UFC. It's been a solid run for the 28-year-old seven-time King of Pancrase titlist. He won his first four UFC bouts before being stopped by Silva at UFC 73.
The Greg Jackson-trained fighter expects to fight again early next year. As for an opponent, Marquardt would welcome a matchup with Rich Franklin.
"I definitely want to fight Rich, but I have a feeling it's not going to happen," he said. "I just talked to Rich, and he thinks he wants to take some time and fight in the next few months. I want to fight as soon as I can."
Marquardt (25-7-2) is eager for a win over a top-flight 185-pounder to get him on the fast track toward another shot at the title, but finding that launching-pad opponent in the UFC is tough. There's a dearth of talent in the division right now. Beyond Franklin, there simply isn't a name bigger than Marquardt's. http://blogs.chron.com/fighting/2007...marquardt.html