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Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites Set for UFC 81 — MMAjunkie.com Exclusive |
Posted by MMA Junkie on November 14, 2007 at 8:30 am ET
Nate Marquardt UFCWith a new contract in hand, Nate Marquardt (25-7-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will return from July’s loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to take on Thales Leites (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). The middleweight bout will be part of Feb. 2’s UFC 81 event, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
A representative from Marquardt’s camp notified MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the fight early this morning.
Additionally, MMAjunkie.com was told that Marquardt and the UFC are finalizing a new, four-fight contract that will go into effect for UFC 81. The new contract will replace Marquardt’s old deal, which has one fight left on it.
Contracts will be signed in the next day or two, we’re told.
Marquardt, a seven-time King of Pancrase, made his UFC debut with a unanimous-decision victory over Ivan Salaverry at UFC Fight Night 1. The 28-year-old fighter would string together three more victories — over Joe Doerksen, Crafton Wallace and Dean Lister — before earning his title shot with Silva at UFC 73.
Marquardt, a Team Jackson fighter who also trains with the High Altitude camp in his home state of Colorado, had earned top-contender status with his four-fight win streak. However, in the main event of one of the most-stacked cards in UFC history, Silva TKO’d Marquardt with a series of strikes in the waning seconds of the first round.
His journey on the comeback trail will begin with Leites.
The two fighters were originally scheduled to battle in October 2006, but Leites was unable to enter the country due to problems with his travel documentation.
Instead, the Brazilian made his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale and dropped a unanimous decision to middleweight standout Martin Kampmann. It was the first loss of the 26-year-old’s career, but Leites has bounced back for victories over Pete Sell, Floyd Sword and Ryan Jensen.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion’s bout with Marquardt will be part of UFC 81’s televised main card.
UFC 81 also features a heavyweight bout between recent UFC signee Brock Lesnar and former champ Frank Mir.
For the latest news about UFC 81, check out the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.
NICE!...should be a good fight and good test for both fighters. I'm glad UFC worked things out with Nate Da Great
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"He's like a ballet of violence"--Joe Rogan on Anderson Silva
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