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.
“My training was suffering because of the diet,” Marquardt told MMAjunkie after the UFC Fight Pass-streamed event, which took place at Auckland’s Vector Arena in Te Huna’s home country of New Zealand. “I wasn’t getting the right training. I wasn’t able to recover from workouts, and I definitely think the cut the week of the fight was affecting me in the fight.
“I believe this is where I’m supposed to be, at 185, said Marquardt.”
Nate Marquardt (33-13) Has 9 knockouts, 16 submissions and 8 decision victories. He has been knocked out three times, submitted twice and lost by decision eight times.
“I feel like my confidence has been built back up leading up to this fight, and I definitely needed it,” said Marquardt, who unsuccessfully vied for the UFC middleweight title in 2007. “James came in wanting to bang right away. There was no feeling-out process, but I was ready for it. I was ready to engage.”
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.
“Honestly, he came in right away, and he didn’t want to feel out at all,” Marquardt said. “He engaged. He was stepping straight into my range. So yeah, I didn’t really have any other choice. I just had to start fighting right away.”
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.
“It felt great,” he said. “This sport can be very emotional, so I had to really focus on controlling my emotions beforehand.”
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.
“For sure, it’s always a relief after you win a fight because you’re trying to control your emotions the whole time, and then all of a sudden you can kind of let your guard down and take a breath, so it’s nice.”
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