Not many people would be crazy enough to ask for such a fight, but after a lackluster performance at UFC 122 against Yushin Okami, and being labeled a “choker” by UFC President Dana White, Nate Marquardt is calling out one of the sport’s legends, Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva.
In speaking with Fighters Only, Marquardt was very frank about his feelings about the matchup:
“In order to re-establish myself as the number one contender, my next opponent needs to be an elite fighter who will stand and bang with me in the center of the Octagon until one of us is knocked out. The fight that makes the most sense to me is Wanderlei Silva. I have a ton of respect for Wanderlei and have wanted this fight for years, the fans have wanted this fight, they deserve to see two of the best fighters in the world in an all out war.
Wanderlei is an amazing fighter who is very aggressive, I will pursue him with unwavering tenacity, then I will knock him out! I promise the UFC, Dana, my fans, my team, my coaches and most importantly myself that never again will there be a question about my cage aggression.”
The rest of his statement goes on to address Rousimar Palhares’ demands for a rematch and his feelings on White’s statements to the media.
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