Coming back from his upset decision loss against Chael Sonnen at UFC 109, Nate Marquardt will look to regain his fire at UFC 118 (August 28th, Boston) against Rousimar Palhares, the longtime asshole who most recently caught a 90-day suspension for not letting go of Tomasz Drwal‘s ankle at UFC 111. Our buddy Sal Mora caught up to Nate this weekend to get his thoughts on the matchup, UFC 117‘s Sonnen vs. Silva headliner, and more. Some highlights:
On his loss to Sonnen: "I didn’t follow my gameplan, and I paid for it. I put on a good show, but mentally I wasn’t there…I fought a wrestler exactly how you’re not supposed to fight a wrestler — just stepping straight forward, trying to knock him out with every punch. So, I learned my lesson. I put on a good fight so I think that’s important as well, but I definitely plan on being a lot stronger mentally this next fight."
On Palhares’s bad reputation: "Every time I step into a fight, there’s nothing that I’m not going to expect. I expect him to fight me and try to beat me any way he can, whether it’s by the rules or not by the rules. The number one rule of fighting is to protect yourself at all times…I expect anything and everything to happen, and I’m prepared for anything to happen."
On Silva vs. Sonnen: "I go back and forth. Some days I think Anderson’s just too quick, too smart for Chael. His boxing skills are much better than Chael’s. His footwork — which is gonna be one of the keys against a wrestler — his footwork’s much better. But if Chael gets a hold of Silva, he’s a way better wrestler, he’s gonna be able to take him down probably every single time he gets a hold of him. I think he’s strong enough that he can probably fend off the submissions, although he’s susceptible to the triangle, which Silva’s good at. I definitely think Sonnen has a chance, but I think Silva is probably the favorite."