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Exclusive: Nate Marquardt Talks UFC 118 Fight Against Rousimar Palhares, Breaks Down Silva vs. Sonnen

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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."

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WILLIEX- August 3, 2010 at 6:52 am
Jake Shields is the cure for ansomnia
MoTropolis- August 3, 2010 at 6:47 am
Why are you in what looks to be some type of studio with professional radio mics BEHIND Nate yet you are filming the interview with a flip cam?
Almost North- August 3, 2010 at 12:53 am
Take it easy on Marqunt. Its not his fault hes a chunkhead.
Dick_Gozenya- August 2, 2010 at 9:49 pm
What's this "I put on a good show against Sonnen" bullshit?

Laying on your back for 15 minutes? Other than the brutal elbow it was a pretty one-sided affair, to say the least. I remember feeling incredibly underwhelmed by Markwart more than impressed by Sonnen.
KimboSlice- August 2, 2010 at 7:48 pm
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Oh god, oh god where was I... oh yea.. watching Jake Sh-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
itsgalf- August 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm
You m-m-ma-make me feel good
Steffmeister- August 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm
Who let Simple Jack do the interview?
iDestroy- August 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm
Man I'm gonna sad my boy Palhares has to rip Nate apart. He's a good kid.
ghostboner- August 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm
Sal, when interviewing a man, and the man says he just had a baby, I believe the appropriate response is, "Wow. You barely even showed. How does that affect trying to make weight?"
Almost North- August 2, 2010 at 1:56 pm

So Jake Shields + alcohol = 16 year old fat kid ?
Kellenavalanche- August 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm
Watching Jake Shields fight is so boring that it's like going to

Sabado Gigante- August 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm
My doctor warned me about watching a Jake ShieldzZzZZ fight and consuming more than three alcoholic beverages... He said doing so may result in lathargy, chronic masterbation, thumb twittling, making fake myspace pages, prank calling Pizza Hut, leaving the infamous "first" comments in CP, and more seriously, death...
J-Dog- August 2, 2010 at 1:34 pm
Glad he talked about his fight with Chael "Sonnenson". We need more Arial Helwanis working these interweb sites.
CaptainPajamaShark- August 2, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Don't even think you can compare Sonnen to the chewy cookies and cream goodness that Quaker makes, that shit is unforgivable.
WILLIEX- August 2, 2010 at 12:56 pm
Jake Shields is a human granola bar
KimboSlice- August 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm
Watching Ja-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
jdeeds- August 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm
Thanks for the budget-ass interview, CagePotato.
Smitty- August 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm
Watching Jake Shields fight is so borzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Kid Clam Curtains- August 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm
Awesome shirt, Nathan.