Nate Marquardt (29-8-2) has had a career filled with great opponents and opportunities. Although he is listed as a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu stylist, Marquardt at 185 pounds has displayed solid stand up skills in his fights against Damian Maia, WIlson Gouveia and Joe Doerksen. Marquardt is scheduled to appear this Saturday on the UFC 109 card where he will meet Chael Sonnen. Although Marquardt admits he'd rather be fighting Anderson SIlva, his camp shared with me that he has been preparing for wrestling pedigreed-Sonnen.
Jonathan Chaimberg, a member of the Jackson Submission Camp in Montreal, Canada has revealed that Marquardt along with George St. Pierre, Shane Carwin and Brendan Schaub spent last week in Denver with one goal - get Marquardt closer to a match with the winner of the Anderson Silva - Vitor Belfort fight and a shot at the title.
Before Marquardt left for Denver, Rashad Evans spent time in Montreal prepping him for a hard week back in Denver. These two key weeks of training helped to sharpen and fine tune Marquardt's skills. Chaimberg shared that explosive power training has been instrumental in preparing him for what they expect may turn into a grinding match. In anticipation of the fight getting into a rough 3rd round, Marquardt's training team has even made sure that he begins fight week only 4 pounds over. This tactic will keep Marquardt's strength, muscle mass and explosivity as sharp as in the previous weeks. Without having to 'cut hard' weight,' Marquardt will be able to eat a balanced diet this week while training, even on the morning of weigh-ins.