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Exclusive: Nate Marquardt Talks Wilson Gouveia, Title Shots, and Greasing Allegations

Nate Marquardt isn’t the most verbose fighter you’ll ever meet, but if you want to get more than a few sentences out of him just ask about something important to him, like his Jackson camp teammates and greasing allegations against them, or his decision loss to Thales Leites at UFC 85.  Now Leites is up next for a shot at Anderson Silva, while Marquardt battles Wilson Gouveia at UFC 95 this Saturday to determine who stays in the hunt for the belt in the UFC’s middleweight class. What do you think of Wilson Gouveia as a fighter?  What do you think his strengths are?

I think he’s a tough guy, pretty well-rounded.  He’s got good stand-up and good ground.  He hits hard.  But I think I’m better in all areas.

Is there one aspect that you think will make the difference, or is this fight going to go all over the place?

Definitely it’s going to go all over.  If I get the opportunity to take him down and pound him, I’ll do that.  Otherwise I’ll beat him up on the feet.

Do you think a win here puts you in line for a title shot?

I definitely think I’ll be number one contender.  I don’t see how I wouldn’t be, but who knows.  Hopefully then I’ll get a title shot.

You’re a Jackson camp guy.  What do you make of the accusations that Georges St. Pierre was greased up for the B.J. Penn fight?

It’s actually pretty comical, I think.  It’s totally ridiculous.  The commission saw what happened.  It was accidental, [Phil Nurse] had some Vaseline still on his hands when he touched his back and the commission caught it, wiped his back off, and there was no grease left on him after they wiped it dry.  I think this is just about B.J. realizing that Georges is completely a better fighter than him and he’ll never be as good as Georges, and so he’s just making an excuse for himself.  

What about former opponents of Georges’, like Matt Hughes, who are coming out and saying he was greased up for their fights, too?

Like I said, it’s just comical.  It’s almost flattering.  They realize they can never be as good as Georges and they’re trying to make excuses for why he beat them so bad.  All the guys who are saying this, he completely demolished them.  Matt Hughes, B.J. Penn, all one-sided fights.  Even if he had been completely greased up it wouldn’t have made much difference because he was the one trying to take them down.  They weren’t really trying to take him down.  Any amount of grease wouldn’t have changed the outcome of those fights.

You guys seem like a really tight team at the Jackson camp.  How did that develop between all of you?

Well, first of all, if you don’t fit on our team, we don’t accept you.  As far as a guy’s character, if he doesn’t work with us then we don’t let them on the team.  And I think it’s also that good people attract other good people.  We attract people who are like us, loyal guys who value camaraderie and working as a team to help each other.

What’s made you guys so successful?  Are you doing stuff other teams aren’t?

I know we’re doing stuff that other teams aren’t doing, but I think that’s a part of it.  We’re all loyal guys who want to be part of a team.  We’re not just looking for sparring partners.  We’re looking for guys we can trust.  I want to be around guys who care as much about my career as I do.  And I care about their careers as much as they do.  That’s something we have that most teams don’t.  

Thales Leites, who you lost a very close decision to, is up next to challenge for the 185-pound title.  Do you think he’s deserving of that shot?

I don’t really know if he is or not.  That’s not for me to say.  He’s a tough guy and I definitely think he has a chance to beat Anderson [Silva].  

But you still feel you won that fight, I imagine.

Oh, definitely.  Anyone who saw that fight knows I won it.  There’s just no question in my mind.



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Anonymous- February 19, 2009 at 3:11 am
hey nate how about you get gsp's dick out of your mouth..faggot
dogmaticdiscordian- February 18, 2009 at 8:10 pm
Nate the great by greasy piledriver
Hows Taste My PPP- February 18, 2009 at 3:28 pm
i am not sure which is gay-er...
cool guy
the black background behind grey letters.

anyone care to vote?
i say the lettering.

this site desperately needs some arianny in a bikini picture.
Dex- February 18, 2009 at 2:22 pm
I hope Nate get his tot at the shitle very soon. I think he's the biggest thread to Anderson at 185 right now. I still think he'll lose though :(

FABER'S A BEAST- February 18, 2009 at 12:09 pm
I like to think in that pic, Nate is saying,
"I know what time it is. ITS PUDDING TIME!!"
And then GSP dumps out a duffel bag of snack packs and the entire Jackson camp eats snack packs and watches BJ Penn Highlights from UFC Primetime.
DDT- February 18, 2009 at 11:42 am
Not cool
Jay Smith- February 18, 2009 at 11:35 am
That shit made me mad for real..........who does that shit??????
"Oh please remember me in the chat rooms" ass dude.
Niente- February 18, 2009 at 11:24 am
cool = biggest loser
nestle crunch- February 18, 2009 at 10:55 am
the chronic- February 18, 2009 at 10:37 am
dean herb has got his head so far up his ass, he can taste the shittles! I dont know why the UFC still employs him.

worst. ref. ever.
lilpo0ts- February 18, 2009 at 10:24 am
c o
o l..

shit im sorry i forgot to use retardedly big text
armfarmer- February 18, 2009 at 10:21 am
Not cool... so not cool. Ban that IP

Nate got robbed against leites and it cost me 300 bucks. Yeah the knee was illegal but the blows to the "back" of the head... blind ref. Nate dominated leites that was one shitty ref/judge job.
Machete for hands- February 18, 2009 at 10:19 am
@TUFF guy

im better than you or anyone you know. im sooo cool

Patrick- February 18, 2009 at 10:14 am
Knock Marquardt out.
Ouch! That hurts- February 18, 2009 at 10:09 am
TUF Guy Says:
Wed, 02/18/2009 - 10:03
im better than you or anyone you know. im sooo cool


"I'm sooo cool"?

Now I know why Serb guy couldn't find you at your gym, he was looking in the adult class, he should have tried the kids class. You are obviously a twelve year old kid with glasses.

Good luck junior!

TUF Guy's Dad- February 18, 2009 at 10:07 am
Son, you're not better an anyone, at anything.
Unless it's failing. Because u suck and failed at everything that u have ever tried.
You're an embarrassment to the last name Guy.
TUF Guy's boyfriend- February 18, 2009 at 10:04 am
its true. he
TUF Guy- February 18, 2009 at 10:03 am
im better than you or anyone you know. im sooo cool
TUF Guy's Dad- February 18, 2009 at 10:02 am
Shut up son
TUF Guy- February 18, 2009 at 10:00 am
ample Says:
Wed, 02/18/2009 - 09:16
Hey COOL guy,
Cut that shit out faggot. No one is giving you attention


ur wrong and you fail at life!
TUF Guy- February 18, 2009 at 9:59 am
LOL Sherdog OWNS this website, serriously.

Look at these pathetic comments, the pathetic background, the Ownage by COOL.

Way to go dude, Make these MMA wannabes suffer
Fenix- February 18, 2009 at 9:56 am
ish85- February 18, 2009 at 9:51 am
im tired of this " i deserve a title shot" shit. hey nate, guess what, you beating some middling contender like gouveia doesnt make you the number one contender for shit. you wanna know why? because everyone saw you get your ass kicked by anderson the first time, and no one wants to see that shit again. and crying about the loss to thales still? how about next time dont throw freakin knees on a downed opponend, dumbass. you cost yourself that shit.
TB- February 18, 2009 at 9:48 am
The real #1 contender is Yushin Okami. Give them their rematch.
Ouch! That hurts- February 18, 2009 at 9:48 am
It just goes to show that idiots with programing knowledge are still just idiots.