Nate Marquardt TKO’s Rousimar Palhares in the First Round

UFC Middleweight veteran Nate “The Great” Marquardt successfully bounced back from defeat against Chael Sonnen at UFC 109, with a quick First Round TKO over the heel hook enthusiast Rousimar Palhares.

After relatively a slow start to the fight, Marquardt and Palhares engaged at the fence. Surprisingly, it was Marquardt who unleashed a first submission attempt with a Triangle Choke. But the experienced grappler Palhares managed to quickly shake off Marquardt’s hold, before trying to lock his trademark heel hook. “The Great” slipped away off the submission, to the disbelief of Palhares, who decided to tell the referee his opponent is “greased”. From there, it was a quick work for Nate “The Great”, who landed serious punches from top on Palhares, cruising to a TKO (Ground and Pound) victory at 3:28 minutes of Round 1.

Joe Rogan (and the UFC) quickly cleared up the controversy, revealing the fans at Erwin Center that Nate Marquardt was checked by the referee and ringside doctors, who found no sign for any kind of greasing substances. Marquardt gets a 30th victory of his career, improving his record to 30-9-2 overall. Greg Jackson’s product earned back his place in the mix for a shot at UFC Middleweight title, slightly behind the top contenders Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami. The fight against Chris Leben or Michael Bisping (if defeats Akiyama) would be a great test for the 31-year old veteran.

  • HollywoodKOs

    Good fight, dumb move by Rousimar…

  • scouser1whodares

    once again another cheat !! we no the same comission banned rousimar funny how they say marquart wasnt greased wot gave it away was at begining ov fight wen stitch winked at marquart be4 he entered cage lol fixed not only that nate looked much bigger than 186 he was at least 205

  • UnderdogGreatness

    How did you know that Nate was really greased? LOL

  • Fluidity

    I’m so glad Nate won, now he’s in the mix, baby !!! Gives us plenty of possible futur matchups with belfort rematch with chael, A Silva rematch with Maia and what not. Great performance by Nate !

  • MereDictum

    Huh? He said himself he got warm to be slippery and he was checked out- no grease.

    Besides, if he was greased it’s just karma for that bullsh*t Rousimar pulled in his last fight.

  • Joey Santosus

    Heading into this event I checked out a couple of Rousimar’s old fights. Of course, I wanted to see the controversial leg-lock in his match with Tomasz Drwal, but I also watched his fight with Dan Henderson. After watching him and Hendo go at it, I really expected this one to go the distance. Palhares took some big shots from Dan, so he definitely has a solid chin… I figured Marquardt would keep his distance, as he did, and out strike him for the decision win. Had Palhares not been so worried about Nate’s legs, I do not think Marquardt would have been able to to get a stoppage.

  • MMALurker

    Unsatisfying fight

  • 51JD51

    What the f*** are you talking about?

  • jackthedrinker89

    They checked him for the grease, and he doesnt have to be 185 during the fight just at the weigh ins you dumb….

  • griffin

    wat an idiot. You dont stop in the middle of the highway to tie your shoe and def. dont start talking to your corner while Marquardt is getting ready to smash your face

  • Kuroshimaru

    Dude please, i mean the ref says all the time “Protect urselfs at all time” anything else? and besides that was the smartest thing to do get urself wet before fight , i mean u r fighting some vicious submission artist who go and breaks shit , so please just put on ur panties and go bother other forums with ur ignorant recklessness

  • soiWANNABEafighter

    Why was that a good fight ? I mean it could have turned into an interessting battle if Palhares didn`t commit this stupid beginners mistake.

  • BruceBeerbaron

    Does this mean that sweat is not only a human cooling device and pheremone release system but also an evoloutionary response to the primevail grapple?

  • BruceBeerbaron

    Where’s my car? You seem to have the answer to all of the unviverse’s big questions, are you sure you aint some kinda liverpuddlian jelly wrestling fan?


    This ended up being a sorry fight due to Palhares’ mistake. Did he really think the ref was gonna stop the fight?

  • Drago

    Shame, it would be a great battle if it wasnt for that mistake. My prediction would be correct as well, I think Nate would win the decision due to better striking.

  • WingChun

    Nate Marquardt has power, man.

    Too bad Sonnen doesn’t have that kind of finish, in him. As great a fights as CS brings, he doesn’t have this (Nate’s) kind of – boom, it’s over.

    Solid win for a future champ. He’s a load for anyone to deal with @ 185.

  • HollywoodKOs

    It was not a Great fight or an Awesome fight… it was a good fight. I got scared when he grabbed his leg, then I was like, “WTF” when he slipped out that easy and Rous looked at the ref.

  • soiWANNABEafighter

    Gotta agree – from that perspective it was a good fight.

  • TheRealDeal

    That’s the first thing they tell you when cage fighting, or any fighting for that matter.

    We can say “what if” all day but Nate won the fight fair and square. I’ve seen the process that fighters go through before a fight to get checked out up close and it’s very thorough. Good for Nate for seizing an opportunity and winning the fight. If Palhares had the same opportunity he would have taken advantage of it as well.

    It would have been nice to see the fight develop more but who is to say who would have won? They are both very skilled fighters. I figured the fight would go to decision, but didn’t figure that Palhares would do something that ignorant.