Nate Marquardt Born Nathan Joel Marquardt
April 20, 1979
Lander, Wyoming, U.S.
Other names The Great Nationality American Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13.3 st) Division Lightweight (1999)
Middleweight (2000 - 2011)
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm) Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gaidojutsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Boxing Fighting out of Denver, Colorado Team Jackson's Submission Fighting
High Altitude Martial Arts
Grudge Training Center
Rank 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
2nd degree black belt in Jiu-jitsu Black Belt in GaidoJutsu
Years active 1999–present Mixed martial arts record Total 43 Wins 31 By knockout 8 By submission 15 By decision 8 Losses 10 By knockout 1 By submission 2 By decision 7 Draws 2 Other information Notable students Shane Carwin Website http://www.natemarquardt.com/ Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
As a middleweight (he now fights at welterweight), Marquardt is currently ranked the #4 best middleweight in the world by Sherdog and the #3 middleweight fighter in the world by MMAWeekly. He runs the High Altitude Martial Arts Academy in Aurora, Colorado. He is currently signed to the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts.
- 1 Mixed martial arts career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 Mixed martial arts record
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Mixed martial arts career
Marquardt began his professional mixed martial arts career in 1999, amassing victories in various promotions before entering the Bas Rutten Invitational 4 tournament, which was organized in such a manner that the tournament winner was to be offered a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Despite winning the tournament, Marquardt was offered no such contract. Instead, he signed with Japan's Pancrase organization, which had fostered such fighters as Ken Shamrock and Bas Rutten. In his first Pancrase fight, Marquardt lost via submission to Genki Sudo.
Invited back to Pancrase for a middleweight elimination tournament, Marquardt defeated Daiju Takase, Kiuma Kunioku, and Shonie Carter to become the first middleweight King of Pancrase. Marquardt defended this title twice before being defeated by Kunioku in December 2001. A final encounter between the two fighters in December 2002 saw Marquardt defeat Kunioku once again to recapture the King of Pancrase championship, which he held for nearly a year.
On November 30, 2003, Marquardt was involved in a brief altercation with middleweight opponent Ricardo Almeida in a Pancrase title fight. Marquardt, who was caught in a guillotine choke, tapped out; The referee, however, was unable to immediately separate the fighters, and the choke remained applied around Marquardt's neck. After he was freed, Marquardt threw a strike at Almeida's face, prompting both corners to storm into the ring – including Renzo Gracie. Renzo was cornering Almeida, and once in the ring he kicked Marquardt in the face. The confrontation eventually came to an end, and Marquardt approached Almeida after the bout to congratulate him. After Almeida vacated his title in July 2004, Marquardt proceeded to regain the championship in a victory over Kazuo Misaki at Pancrase: Brave 10.
On May 1, 2005, Marquardt defeated Izuru Takeuchi, winning the Pancrase middleweight championship for a seventh time – the only fighter to ever accomplish such a feat. It was then announced that Marquardt would be making his debut with the UFC in August, live on Spike TV, headlining the inaugural Ultimate Fight Night card in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Although his debut ended in success – Marquardt earned a decision victory over UFC veteran Ivan Salaverry – post-fight drug testing controversy led to Marquardt's suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Marquardt tested positive for high levels of nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, which led the commission to file for his suspension. Marquardt maintains that he only used over-the-counter supplements in preparation for his fight. Marquardt was initially suspended for six months and assessed no fine. Marquardt's suspension was reduced to five months and he was reinstated in January 2006.
With the drug testing controversy resolved, Marquardt was set to make his return to the UFC at UFC 58, fighting a mixed martial arts veteran in Joe Doerksen. The fight proved to be a successful endeavor for Marquardt, as he won a unanimous decision. In the post-fight interview, Marquardt stated his goals of capturing the UFC middleweight championship and his intention to fight then-champion Rich Franklin. Marquardt then fought Crafton Wallace – a replacement for Marquardt's original opponent, Thales Leites – on the undercard of Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter on October 10, 2006, winning by rear naked choke in the second round. Due to his commitment to the UFC, Marquardt relinquished his title as the middleweight King of Pancrase that same month.
Middleweight Title Shot
Following that victory and a 4-0 debut in the UFC, Marquardt was scheduled to compete for the UFC middleweight championship held by Anderson Silva on July 7, 2007 at UFC 73. Marquardt lost the championship bout by technical knockout due to strikes at 4:50 in the First round of the fight.
Road back to Title contention
After early speculation that Marquardt's contract with the UFC could expire without renewal, he confirmed that a new agreement had been signed with the organization. Marquardt's next match was to be against Thales Leites at UFC 81, but Leites withdrew from the bout due to an injured hand. This marked the second time that a bout between Leites and Marquardt had been cancelled. On January 9, the UFC announced that veteran Jeremy Horn would be Leites' replacement. Marquardt defeated Horn via guillotine choke.
Marquardt finally fought Thales Leites at UFC 85, a fight that had been postponed on two separate occasions since 2006. Marquardt and Leites had a close fight but Marquardt landed an illegal knee strike to the head of Leites in the second round. In the third round Marquardt landed an elbow to the side of the head of Leites. The deducted points proved to be crucial as Leites was deemed victorious in a very close split decision, giving Leites a title shot against Anderson Silva.  Marquardt was next scheduled to face Martin Kampmann. Nate defeated Kampmann in 82 seconds by throwing a head kick and landing a barrage of strikes to take the win by TKO in the first round.
Marquardt obtained a second straight win to launch himself back into the title picture at UFC 95, when he defeated well-regarded Brazilian fighter Wilson Gouveia with another barrage of strikes to earn a third round TKO. Marquardt's next fight was against the then-undefeated submission specialist Demian Maia at UFC 102, which he won via KO 21 seconds into the first round by landing a counter straight right as Maia threw a leaping leg kick. Maia fell face down, unable to protect himself. Nate rushed in to follow up with a right hook, but stopped himself once he saw that Maia was visibly hurt. Following his victory over Maia, Marquardt was scheduled to fight Dan Henderson to determine number 1 contendership to Silva's Middleweight Championship. Henderson left the UFC for Strikeforce after attempts to agree on a new contract failed. A new bout was arranged between Marquardt and American wrestler Chael Sonnen, scheduled for UFC 110 and later moved to UFC 109. Marquardt was taken down at will by Sonnen multiple times during each round. Although able to lock in a guillotine choke late in the 3rd round, Marquardt was not able to finish the submission attempt and lost the fight in an upset via unanimous decision.
Marquardt was expected to face Rousimar Palhares on August 28, 2010 at UFC 118, however the bout was moved to September 15, 2010 to headline UFC Fight Night 22 after Alan Belcher was forced to pull out of his bout with Demian Maia with an eye injury.
Marquardt defeated Rousimar Palhares via TKO (punches) at 3:28 of round 1 at the main-event of UFC Fight Night 22. During the fight, Palhares went for a heel-hook from which Marquardt slipped his leg free and quickly turned the tables for a first-round TKO victory. The result came with some controversy, however. Once Marquardt pulled his leg free, Palhares looked at his hand and signalled to officials, seemingly complaining that Marquardt was greased. Marquardt capitalized on the opening and pounded Palhares with a quick barrage of punches. The ending, though, was not due to any illegal circumstances. UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan immediately announced that Marquardt had passed an inspection from the ringside physician and the referee. Marquardt explained that before the fight; "I came out really warm because I wanted a good sweat," which explains why he was slippery and managed to remain elusive. Marquardt’s trainer Greg Jackson Stated that officials checked Marquardt before the fight for any greasing type substance.
Palhares and his team later apologized for the false accusations, Palhares stated: "I'm very sorry for the accusations I made, Nate Marquardt did not cheat in any way, and I'm very sorry to him and his team for my actions in the fight. I congratulate Nate on his win. I learned another lesson for my career in the fight, and I apologize to Nate, his team and the UFC for any issues I contributed to."
Palhares' longtime manager, Alex Davis, said that greasing has proved an issue in previous bouts for Palhares, and in one of the most important fights of his career, Palhares just froze. "Rousimar has had to deal with opponents greasing before", Davis said. "I truly believe it's turned into a paranoia for him. When Nate's leg slipped out so quickly, Rousimar froze. You could tell he was just thinking, 'Here we go again. But I looked at Nate's legs myself. The commission checked them out, too. There was certainly no grease there. It was our error, and we owe Nate an apology, as well as Greg Jackson and the rest of his coaches and team."
Less than a week after his win over Palhares, Marquardt was tapped to make a quick return to the Octagon to face Yushin Okami on November 13, 2010 at UFC 122, replacing Vitor Belfort as Vitor was promoted to a title fight in lieu of Chael Sonnen and his suspension for PEDs. The winner of Okami vs Marquardt was expected to get the next shot at the UFC middleweight championship. Marquardt lost to Okami at UFC 122 via a unanimous decision.
Marquardt was expected to face Yoshihiro Akiyama on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128. However, Akiyama pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Dan Miller. Marquardt won the fight via unanimous decision.
Drop to Welterweight and Release from UFC
After defeating Dan Miller, Nate's teammate, GSP, gave him the idea of dropping down to 170. Marquardt was expected to debut at welterweight against Anthony Johnson on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4. However, Johnson was forced out of the bout with a shoulder injury and replaced by Rick Story. Marquardt pulled out of the fight with Story the day of the weigh-ins due to not receiving medical clearance. The UFC at the UFC on Versus 4 weigh-in announced that Marquardt did not pass the required physical. According to a video posted by Dana White on his Twitter, Nate Marquardt has now been released by the UFC due to failing "medical requirements".
On June 28, 2011, Nate appeared on MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and stated that in August 2010 he felt tired and moody and his doctor discovered he had low testosterone levels. That doctor put Nate on hormone replacement therapy, and when Nate applied for a Theraputic Use Exemption with the New Jersey state commission, they allowed it but declared that he must go off the therapy for ten weeks, then have his levels retested by a specialist to determine if he really needs to be on the therapy or not. At the end of that period, both the specialist and Nate's primary doctor agreed his levels really were low and he was a candidate for replacement therapy. Nate's primary doctor injected him with testosterone to quickly get his levels back up in time for his scheduled fight against Rick Story. The Pennsylvania commission had set standards for what his testosterone levels could be at fight time and Nate's levels, though trending down over the last week before the fight, still failed to fall to within the range required in time for him to be cleared to fight. Nate claimed that he retook tests on the day of the fight and was actually within qualifying limits, thus having his suspension lifted by the commission.
Shortly after having his suspension lifted by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, Marquardt signed with top U.K. fight promotion BAMMA, the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts. He told MMAWeekly.com that a large part of the reason for signing with BAMMA was that even though the U.K. does not conduct governmental sanctioning of MMA, BAMMA officials were moving ahead with their own plans to self-regulate, including medical screening and drug testing.
He made a short cameo appearance in the beginning of MC Hammer's music video for the Jay-Z diss track, "Better Run Run" along with Brendan Schaub, Eliot Marshall, and trainer Trevor Wittman. Marquardt also had a small screen appearance in the movie Warrior.
Championships and accomplishments
- Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling
- Ring of Fire
- 2000 Ring of Fire Middleweight Champion
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Knockout of the Night (One time)
- Fight of the Night (One time)
- World Vale Tudo Federation
- 1999 World Vale Tudo Federation Championship (One time)
- Bas Rutten Invitational
- 1999 Bas Rutten Invitational 4 Lightweight Champion
- Rumble In The Rockies
- 1999 I.M.A. Rumble In The Rockies Champion
- 2010 True Warrior Award
Mixed martial arts record
Professional record breakdown 43 matches 31 wins 10 losses By knockout 8 1 By submission 15 2 By decision 8 7 Draws 2 Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes Yoshiyuki Yoshida BAMMA 9: Marquardt vs Yoshida February 11, 2012 Birmingham, England, United Kingdom Win 31-10-2 Dan Miller Decision (unanimous) UFC 128 March 19, 2011 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States Loss 30-10-2 Yushin Okami Decision (unanimous) UFC 122 November 13, 2010 3 5:00 Oberhausen, Germany UFC Middleweight title eliminator. Win 30-9-2 Rousimar Palhares TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares September 15, 2010 1 3:28 Austin, Texas, United States Loss 29-9-2 Chael Sonnen Decision (unanimous) UFC 109 February 6, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States UFC Middleweight title eliminator; Won Fight of the Night Honors Win 29–8–2 Demian Maia KO (punch) UFC 102 August 29, 2009 1 0:21 Portland, Oregon, United States Won Knockout of the Night Honors Win 28–8–2 Wilson Gouveia TKO (strikes) UFC 95 February 21, 2009 3 3:10 London, England Win 27–8–2 Martin Kampmann TKO (strikes) UFC 88 September 6, 2008 1 1:22 Atlanta, Georgia, United States Loss 26–8–2 Thales Leites Decision (split) UFC 85 June 7, 2008 3 5:00 London, England Marquardt was docked two points during the bout for illegal infractions. Win 26–7–2 Jeremy Horn Submission (standing guillotine choke) UFC 81 February 2, 2008 2 1:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Loss 25–7–2 Anderson Silva TKO (punches) UFC 73 July 7, 2007 1 4:50 Sacramento, California, United States For UFC Middleweight Championship Win 25–6–2 Dean Lister Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Evans vs Salmon January 25, 2007 3 5:00 Hollywood, Florida, United States Win 24–6–2 Crafton Wallace Submission (rear-naked choke) Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter October 10, 2006 2 1:14 Hollywood, Florida, United States Win 23–6–2 Joe Doerksen Decision (unanimous) UFC 58 March 4, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 22–6–2 Ivan Salaverry Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Fight Night August 6, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States UFC debut, tested positive for nandrolone Win 21–6–2 Izuru Takeuchi Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase – Spiral 4 May 1, 2005 3 2:19 Yokohama, Japan Defended King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship Win 20–6–2 Kazuo Misaki Decision (unanimous) Pancrase – Brave 10 November 7, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Won King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship vDraw 19–6–2 Eiji Ishikawa Draw Pancrase – Brave 6 June 22, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Loss 19–6–1 Ricardo Almeida Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase – Hybrid 10 November 30, 2003 1 4:53 Tokyo, Japan Lost King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship Win 19–5–1 Yuji Hisamatsu Decision (unanimous) Pancrase – Hybrid 8 October 4, 2003 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan Win 18–5–1 Steve Gomm Submission (punches) IFC – Global Domination September 6, 2003 1 3:28 Denver, Colorado, United States Loss 17–5–1 Keiichiro Yamamiya Decision (unanimous) Pancrase – 2003 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 2 July 27, 2003 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Win 17–4–1 Izuru Takeuchi KO (punches) Pancrase – Hybrid 3 March 8, 2003 1 1:29 Tokyo, Japan Defended King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship Win 16–4–1 Kiuma Kunioku KO (flying knee) Pancrase – Spirit 9 December 21, 2002 3 4:36 Tokyo, Japan Won King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship Loss 15–4–1 Izuru Takeuchi Decision (unanimous) Pancrase – Spirit 7 October 29, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Win 15–3–1 Seiki Ryo Technical Submission (armbar) Pancrase – 2002 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 2 July 28, 2002 1 1:37 Tokyo, Japan Win 14–3–1 Kazuo Misaki TKO (broken arm) Pancrase – Spirit 3 March 25, 2002 1 0:29 Tokyo, Japan Loss 13–3–1 Kiuma Kunioku Decision (majority) Pancrase – Proof 7 December 1, 2001 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan Lost King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship Win 13–2–1 Yuji Hoshino Submission (triangle choke) Pancrase – Proof 6 October 30, 2001 3 2:13 Tokyo, Japan Defended King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship Loss 12–2–1 Gil Castillo Decision (unanimous) IFC WC 14 – Warriors Challenge 14 July 18, 2001 5 5:00 California, United States Win 12–1–1 Masaya Kojima Submission (armbar) Pancrase – Proof 3 May 13, 2001 1 1:45 Tokyo, Japan Win 11–1–1 Hikaru Sato Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase – Proof 2 March 31, 2001 1 1:53 Osaka, Japan vDraw 10–1–1 Kiuma Kunioku Draw Pancrase – Trans 7 December 4, 2000 1 20:00 Tokyo, Japan Defended King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship Win 10–1 Shonie Carter Decision (unanimous) Pancrase – 2000 Anniversary Show September 24, 2000 2 3:00 Yokohama, Japan Won King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship; First in Pancrase Win 9–1 Kiuma Kunioku Decision (unanimous) Pancrase – 2000 Anniversary Show September 24, 2000 1 10:00 Yokohama, Japan Win 8–1 Daiju Takase KO (knee) Pancrase – Trans 4 June 26, 2000 2 1:30 Tokyo, Japan Win 7–1 Anthony Washington Submission (punches) ROF 1 – Ring of Fire 1 March 18, 2000 1 3:01 Denver, Colorado, United States Won Ring of Fire Middleweight Championship Loss 6–1 Genki Sudo Submission (armbar) Pancrase – Breakthrough 11 December 18, 1999 1 13:31 Yokohama, Japan Win 6–0 David Harris Submission (rear-naked choke) BRI 4 – Bas Rutten Invitational 4 August 14, 1999 1 15:01 United States Won Bas Rutten Invitational 4 Lightweight Championship Win 5–0 Josh Groves Submission (triangle choke) BRI 4 – Bas Rutten Invitational 4 August 14, 1999 1 1:49 United States Win 4–0 Yves Edwards Submission (heel hook) BRI 4 – Bas Rutten Invitational 4 August 14, 1999 1 3:04 United States Win 3–0 Jose Garcia Submission (rear-naked choke) RITR – Rumble in the Rockies June 7, 1999 1 3:32 Denver, Colorado, United States Won I.M.A. Rumble In The Rockies Championship Win 2–0 Josh Medina Submission (arm-triangle choke) RITR – Rumble in the Rockies June 7, 1999 1 0:27 Denver, Colorado, United States Win 1–0 Mike Lee Submission (rear-naked choke) WVF – Durango April 17, 1999 2 2:13 Durango, Colorado, United States Won World Vale Tudo Federation Championship Previous champion
1st King Of Pancrase Middleweight Champion
September 24, 2000 – December 1, 2001
3rd King Of Pancrase Middleweight Champion
December 21, 2002 – November 30, 2003
5th King Of Pancrase Middleweight Champion
November 7, 2004 – October 2006
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