Nate Marquardt has just one victory in his last four fights, and recently turned 36 years old, but the accomplished middleweight still believes another title run is possible.
As long time fans will recall, for years, Marquardt was considered to be one of the best 185érs on the planet. In 2007, he challenged now former champ Anderson Silva, and was stopped in the first round. Following the loss, Marquardt went on to score some big wins over contenders like Demian Maia, Rousimar Palhares and Dan Miller, but he was also defeated by the likes of Chael Sonnen and Yushin Okami.
The vet ended up moving to welterweight and Strikeforce, but since he stopped Tyron Woodley back in 2012, the fighter has struggled. Marquardt’s only win during that stretch came against James Te Huna last June, when he returned to middleweight and got the submission win.
Well, at UFC 188, Marquardt has been booked to figh Kelvin Gastelum. Thanks to a solid camp, which included time at the American Kickboxing Academy, “The Great” is sounding extremely upbeat. Recently Marquardt spoke to UFC.com about this Saturday’s fight, and while doing so, he stated:
“As long as I’m in the right mindset, I can perform well,” Marquardt said.
“I’m not giving up on that dream for sure,” Marquardt added, “and with some of the guys I trained with for this camp, judging how I felt in the beginning versus how I feel now, and seeing the progression I made in such a short time, that’s what I’m gearing up for.”
How about that? Now sure, plenty of folks out there maybe thinking they’ll believe it when they see it, but if Marquardt can score a big win over Gastelum, it could springboard him into some pivotal fights.
UFC 188 will go down at the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City.