Spike TV has announced that Nate Quarry will return to the UFC on September 19th at UFC Fight Night 11 to face fellow UFC veteran Pete Sell.
Quarry holds an 8-2 MMA record but hasn’t fought in the UFC or competed in any mixed martial arts event for nearly 2 years. After going 5-1 in other MMA promotions Quarry came to the UFC and continued to win. He defeated Lodune Sincaid in his UFC debut and followed up with wins over Shonie Carter and Pete Sell before Rich Franklin defeated him by KO in the first round of their bout at UFC 56. Following successful spinal surgery he now appears ready to face Sell in September.
Sell was defeated by Quarry in their first meeting just 42 seconds into the first round by TKO. Despite a spotless 5-0 record prior to coming to the UFC success has been harder to come by on MMA’s biggest stage. Sell debuted with a victory over Phil Baroni but was defeated by Quarry in his next fight. Sell temporarily left the UFC to bolster his record picking up a win over Landon Showalter. The success was shortlived as Sell was defeated by Scott Smith and Thales Leites in his next two UFC fights, the last at UFC 69.
The rematch personally surprises me because the first fight a a quick TKO victory for Quarry and Sell has shown nothing to suggest he has improved since the loss. It does make sense if the UFC is aiming to ease Quarry back into competition and bolster his record with hopes of making him a contender yet again in the weak middleweight division that is desparately in need of quality fighters. The bout is not guaranteed to be broadcast.