Nate Marquardt came out and showed that he still has a burning fire inside of him. He took the spotlight of the main event and really beat up James Te Huna. He stayed into it and got a armbar victory in the first round.
Nate Marquardt (32-13) Has 9 knockouts, 15 submissions and 8 decision victories. He has been knocked out three times, submitted twice and lost by decision eight times.
In his last four fights (prior to Fight Night 43) he is 1-3 and this could be his last fight in the UFC if he lost.
He beat Tyron Woodley via knockout at Strikeforce – Rockhold vs. Kennedy on Jul / 14 / 2012, but lost against Tarec Saffiedine in his next fight via unanimous decision at Strikeforce – Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on Jan / 12 / 2013.
However, when he made his UFC return, he lost to Jake Ellenberger via knockout at UFC 158 – St. Pierre vs. Diaz on Mar / 16 / 2013 and then Hector Lombard via knockout at UFC 166 – Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3 on Oct / 19 / 2013.
James Te Huna (16-7) Has 10 knockouts, 3 submissions and 3 decision victories. He has been knocked out once, submitted five times in his MMA career.
Prior to joining the UFC, he was on a five fight winning streak. He made his UFC debut against Igor Pokrajac where he won via KO at UFC 110 – Nogueira vs. Velasquez on Feb / 20 / 2010.
He would then go on a four fight winning streak. In his last four fights prior to UFC Fight Night 43. He is 2-2.
He beat Joey Beltran via unanimous decision at UFC on Fuel TV 4 – Munoz vs. Weidman on Jul / 11 / 2012 and then Ryan Jimmo via unanimous decision at UFC on Fuel TV 7 – Barao vs. McDonald on Feb / 16 / 2013.
He would go on to lose two straight fights, he lost to Glover Teixeira via submission at UFC 160 – Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 on May / 25 / 2013 and then Mauricio Rua via knockout at UFC Fight Night – Hunt vs. Bigfoot on Dec / 07 / 2013.
Here is the play-by-play from this fight:
Round 1: Marquardt with a right hand and a head kick right off the bat. Marquardt with a big knee that drops Huna, but Huna recovers and takes Marquardt down. Marquardt reverses and gets into guard. He lands strikes from the top position. He lands short, but effective elbows from the top. However, Tuna stands up and is clinching with Marquardt. He puts him on the fence, he is landing real good strikes and Tuna is bleeding. Tuna keeps Marquardt on the fence, he is landing knees to the body of Marquardt Now, Marquardt reverses and is on the outside where he takes Huna down and is in half guard. Now mount! Marquardt lands short elbows where he roughs up Huna, this leads to an armbar victory.
Result: Marquardt def. Te Huna by submission (armbar) at 4:34 of Round One