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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.