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Marquardt vs. Sonnen Reported for UFC’s First Australia Show

From Sportsnet.ca:

While Nate Marquardt (29-8-2) was awaiting a potentially pending bout with Dan Henderson for UFC 108, it appears he has decided to move on and face Chael Sonnen (24-10-1) instead at UFC 110.
 
Sources have informed me that the two are awaiting bout agreements and will be added to an already stellar card that the UFC is building for their debut in Sydney, Australia in February.

Marquardt is on a three-fight win streak, most recently knocking out Demian Maia in 21 seconds at UFC 102. Sonnen has won his last two, scoring unanimous decisions over highly-regarded middleweights Dan Miller and Yushin Okami. It’s an interesting matchup that raises some important questions: First off, does this mean that Dan Henderson has officially left the UFC? Last week, Dana White said he was certain that Henderson had been signed by Strikeforce, though his manager denied it. And hey, would Chael Sonnen get the next shot at Anderson Silva (after Vitor Belfort gets his) if he manages to pull off an upset against Marquardt? Good Lord. Thanks a lot, Hendo.

The current lineup for UFC 110 (February 21st; Sydney, Australia) is after the jump…


Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (MW)
– Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen (MW)
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs. Ben Rothwell (HW)
Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (LHW)
James Te Huna vs. TBA (LHW)

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Scott- November 10, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Too bad George Sotiropoulos is fighting on 106. He would have been great for this card.
MilkMang- November 10, 2009 at 12:53 pm
Can't wait for the UFC to come downunder, $5 There's a brawl outside the event and Sonnen cries after his first round loss
Kimbos Bread- November 10, 2009 at 9:43 am
FUCK THIS SHIT!

I want to see Nate fight Silva again.
mthomas- November 10, 2009 at 9:04 am
Fuck Chael Sonnen. Ever since I heard him say that whoever won between him and Paulo Filho was the world's best middleweight (Umm..Anderson Silva anyone?) I lost all respect for him. Plus, he goes out of his way to trash talk his opponents on a regular basis. Marquardt's gonna fuck him up BAD! I predict an even more impressive combo than the one he finished Gouveia with.
GetUpAndKill- November 10, 2009 at 9:04 am
I'd be going apeshit right now if I was Marquart...only calmed by the fact that I was going to KTFO Sonnen in the near future. Why did Marquart agree to this fight? There must be a nice present from the UFC at the outcome...but he fell for that trick before....vicious circle. OMG OMG OMG

I am going to guess that KTFO'ing Sonnen will be for the greater good of society and that Marquart is feeling the burden of his career, to do something good with his success, something to help others and not always himself. Fair enough.
831 Son- November 10, 2009 at 8:51 am
Chael is one of the biggest clowns in the middle weight division. Anyone recall when he said that he and Maia were both significantly better than Anderson Silva? Hahaha what a joke. Vitor keeps talking about how he wants more fights before anderson, basically saying he is scared and knows he will get rocked, so after that all goes down, I would like to see Marquardt rematch Anderson since he actually poses a threat. Chael doesnt stand a chance and I have no clue why chael jumps up in the ranks like this. But hey, this is the UFC - where WWE stars get title shots after a fight.
Mike Milbury- November 10, 2009 at 8:31 am
@Soda: It makes sense. Snuggies and MMA shirts fall under the "Ugly products" category.
Soda Popinski- November 10, 2009 at 7:32 am
freaking sonnen!?!?!
Soda Popinski- November 10, 2009 at 7:31 am
do you guys for real have a Snuggie promotion banner on your page?
shitbag- November 10, 2009 at 7:24 am
I hate Chael, what the fuck kind of name is that anyway? I hope Marquardt knocks his head off, and I'm sure he will.
Mike Milbury- November 10, 2009 at 7:07 am
Like how Chael called Yushin "Anchor", he should call Nate "Life Line" for lifting his boring ass out of the prelims.
NinJay- November 10, 2009 at 7:06 am
Marquardt via KO 1:45 into round 1. I agree, this does nothing for him. As one of my favorite fighters this match disappoints me. Cro Cop vs Rothwell?? What a horrible style match up for cro cop. He is too old to defend the take down like he used to do so well. Expect a bunch of GnP and for Cro Cop to Sokoudjou midway through the second round.

I think this card isn't horrible but I might save my $45 and watch it online or something. Not worth the usual "UFC Party" at my house.
Teehee McPeepee- November 10, 2009 at 6:59 am
This is a stupid fight.
KJGould- November 10, 2009 at 6:49 am
So Marquardt has to take a fight that does nothing for his career. This isn't MMA math, but Maia smoked Sonnen, and Marquardt smoked Maia. Sonnen should have to rematch Maia to get a shot at Marquardt imo.
K.E.G.- November 10, 2009 at 6:43 am
@jimbonics
he was there cornering Soko he was also at all the affliction shows.

@Pungu
Ksos sucks I dread the day he gets a match that "means something" and UFC thinks we should have to pay for him to headline/co headline a card.

Seems like a fairly week card for there first trip to Australia. Where is Sotoropolis?
Defender- November 10, 2009 at 6:41 am
I always liked Sonnen in the WEC, but I just can't get over that rogue rib he has sticking out. What is with that!?

However, in the UFC...he has some work to do. His win over Okami was very unexpected. He might have finally realized you have to give a reason for people to watch you. Lay and pray doesn't cut it (unless you're Gray Mannard for some reason) and while he did wrestle a lot vs. Okami...dude was always throwing down.

That being said...I look for a first round KO from Marquardt without any hesitation.
jimbonics- November 10, 2009 at 6:38 am
You all saw Hendo in the Cage after one of the Strikeforce fights, right? Sure, he was likely just cornering one of his bros.. but he was there all the same.
Pingu- November 10, 2009 at 6:37 am
Bonnar vs K-Sos... WTF does K-Sos have to do to get a fight that actually fucking means anything? Dude is ripping off arms all over the place and Bonnar is getting his shit pushed in by everyone in the division. Ridiculous.
Clinch-Smash- November 10, 2009 at 6:35 am
LMAO @ withoutremorse.....good shit!
WithoutRemorse- November 10, 2009 at 6:31 am
Mirko?? WTF man.....seriously... you and Andre Alrovski need to sit down and have a pint and talk about the glory days.
MMAMoneyLine- November 10, 2009 at 6:12 am
I think Sonnen deserves this caliber of fight. It is no small feat to best Dan Miller and Yushin Okami.

With that being said, Marquardt is a better version of Sonnen. I like Nate a lot here...he should be able to use his grappling and power to keep Sonnen at bay.
honkey_kong- November 10, 2009 at 6:11 am
I can't wait to see Stephan Bonnar get KTFO; dude looks just like glass joe from PunchOut. Bonnar is one of the p4p best cans in MMA. He's got a great chin, big heart, gets cut easy, good cardio, Tae Kwon Do (lol), his name is close to boner, and he's got that long sweaty hear that flies back whenever he gets punched. Cans all over the world have something to learn from Bonnar. He gets big fights that somehow get hyped, he sounds like an idiot in press confrences, and he can hang in there and get punched for 3 rounds by anyone. he just does all the little things right. truly one of the great cans of our time.
K.E.G.- November 10, 2009 at 6:03 am
I think this is gonna be ugly. Sonnen is not a finisher and is not good enough to hold Nate down for three rounds. It should be pretty one sided. Either way whoever wins is still fucked as long as A. Silva is around this match is just a formality.
for the love of mma- November 10, 2009 at 5:54 am
WOW why would marquart fight sonnen? if he loses he goes to the end of the line of competition. if he wins,well he supposed to and gains nothing for the victory!!!
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