Tatame.com is confirming that at UFC 73 on July 7th Anderson “The Spider” Silva (18-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will be putting his middleweight belt on the line against Nate Marquardt (25-6-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC).
Silva entered his first fight in the UFC at Fight Night 5 as an underdog in the main event against Chris Leben but knocked Leben out in just :49 seconds. In his very next fight Silva beat then champion Righ Franklin to win the middleweight title. In what was to be his first title defense at UFC 67, Silva’s opponent Travis Lutter didn’t make weight and the match was no longer for the title. Silva went on to beat Lutter via submission part way through round 2.
Marquardt has taken a slower road than Silva in his ascension to title contender. Marquardt debuted in the UFC at the original UFC Fight Night where he beat Ivan Salaverry via unanimous deciasion. He continued with wins against Joe Doerksen at UFC 58 and Crafton Wallace at UFC: The Final Chapter. Most recently he beat Dean Lister at UFC Fight Night 8 in January.
Here is what we know of the UFC 73 fight card for July 7th:
Main Card Fights
Anderson Silva vs. Nate Marquardt
Sean Sherk vs. Hermes Franca