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Rousimar Palhares renews agreement with UFC, wants rematch with Marquardt

Rousimar Palhares has signed a four-fight deal with the UFC and expects to be offered an opponent at some point soon. However, while match-making may be left up to his bosses, there’s one person in particular the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace is hoping for and it happens to be the very person he last lost to – Nate Marquardt.

News of the powerful submission-specialist’s extension, as well as his desire to fight Marquardt, came by way of his trainer at Brazilian Top Team, Murilo Bustamante, in a conversation with Tatame.

“He’s very motivated, he knows that he let the victory escape – he made a mistake – but these things happen in life…but he’s crazy to fight Nate again. He wants this fight pretty bad and he’s training for it. Rousimar is conditioned and training every day as if he had a fight scheduled,” said the old school UFC middleweight champ.

Palhares was knocked unconscious by “Nate the Great” in September after failing on one of his go-to submissions, then letting his defenses down to question the referee about the slipperiness of Marquardt’s legs. The Fight Night 22 defeat was the first time Palhares had been finished in his career and earned Marquardt an opportunity to face Yushin Okami for a title-shot, a bout he ultimately lost by way of the judges’ scorecards.

“Toquinho” is 13-3 overall and is known for his leg/ankle locks. He is 4-2 in the UFC with wins over Tomasz Drwal, Lucio Linhares, Ivan Salaverry, and Jeremy Horn, as well as the recent loss to Marquardt and a decision-based defeat in September 2008 to Dan Henderson.

  • Jak says:

    No rematch please.

    You don’t quit during a fight and then ask for a rematch.

  • MCM says:

    True Jak. But I wouldn’s mind seeing a rematch after they each get another win or two. These guys are two of the best division so their gonna have to face each other again at some point.

  • Dufresne says:

    Normally I wouldn’t want a rematch since what Pallhares did was just flat stupid, but Nate is coming off a loss and Pallhares is about the only MW ranked high enough to challenge Nate right now. Plus there is the question of “what if?” Every other fighter Nate has faced recently was a decisive fight. He either flat out won, or flat out lost, no real controversy.

  • Creature says:

    Dufresne i dont usually disagree with u often but i dont believe his fight with okami was flat out he won or lost fight.. but i wouldnt mind seeing the rematch. i enjoy watching both of them, as long as nate shows up 2 fight (unlike what i saw with okami) i think he takes another W if they fight again.

  • elkymbo says:

    Nate need to get out of the Greg Jackson pillow factory and get the aggression back.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Rousimar Palhares should want to forget that performance and lack of in cage intelligence because that was some silly shit that night…there’s no time outs to complain or inquire. Then make accusations that were immediately found inconclusive, move on and be glad you are employed.

  • 3OAM says:

    Well, Marquardt wants to fight Wandy. Being that, Marquardt is 1-2 in his last three, I don’t see that happening.

    I say put him back in the cage with Palhares, and if Nate wins, he gets Wandy. If he loses, he gets cut.


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