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Verbal agreement in place for Wilson Gouveia to be Nathan Marquardt’s opponent at UFC 95

Earlier this week was the first to report that UFC middleweight title contender Nathan Marquardt is set to return to action at UFC 95 on Saturday, February 21 at the O2 Arena in London, England. has now also confirmed that a verbal agreement has been secured for Marquardt to face American Top Team middleweight Wilson Gouveia.

Gouveia just recently improved his overall record to 12-5 following a first round submission over Jason MacDonald during last Saturday’s live finale for the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter. The win improved Gouveia’s record to 2-0 since leaving the UFC’s 205-pound division and increased his lifetime record inside the Octagon to 7-2.

If finalized, the fight will mark Marquardt’s first since bout since recording a first round TKO over Martin Kampmann at UFC 88 this past September. Prior to beating Kampmann, the former King of Pancrase had lost a controversial split decision in London against Thales Leites.

A veteran of eight UFC fights, Marquardt is 6-2 lifetime when competing inside the Octagon and is 27-8-2 overall with notable victories in his career over Yuji Hoshino, Kazuo Misaki, Shonie Carter, Yves Edwards, Jeremy Horn, Ivan Salaverry, and Joe Doerksen.

  • dpk says:

    Nice, this will be an awesome fight, and launch one of these guys right on the short list to fight Anderson Silva.

  • chris says:

    wow this fight is gonna be brutal. its most likely gonna end quickly i can’t pick either guy. but ill lean towards nate. but who knows i can’t wait.

  • Bad Monkey says:

    F**kin’ Sweet!!

  • Chris says:

    I wanted to see Nate vs Maia, but this will be a good fight. But can anyone tell me if this is gonna be a Spike card? It has to be, right now you got Diego vs Stevenson and Nate vs Wilson, thats it, thats the only two big fights on this card right now, without Spider fighting, with chuck vs Jardine maybe happening in March, with huerta vs Fisher in March too, I heard Diego vs joe is a co main event, what main event could they get to make this worth a PPV? Now these two fights are solid, add a big main event, ok, but if it isnt chuck vs ? or Spider vs ?, how can they justify this being a PPV card? After 92, 93, 94, all them being so stacked, unless they feel they are so stacked they will give you a PPV that isnt like that and you have to deal with it, otherwise, this has to be a Spike card, add in the fact that its in London, tape delayed, this has to be a Spike card.

  • Joey says:

    He’s 2-1 in the 185 division not 2-0. He lost to Goran Relijic

  • Sergio Hernandez says:

    The bout with Goran was at LHW.

  • Ervine383 says:

    My moneys on Nate here. Hope he knocks him out.

  • JOe K. says:

    Nate will crush him like bug

  • Bmur says:

    This makes me wonder who Maia is going to be fighting next, I thought he would get paired with Nate. I don’t really think anyone in the division has a shot at stopping Maia with the exception of Nate, Ace, or Anderson.


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