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Nate Marquardt Pulls The Old ‘Don’t Be Scared, Homey’ on Thales Leites

Here’s an interesting trend in MMA: a guy beats you in a fight through either a decision or somewhat questionable stoppage. You immediately demand a rematch, but he’d rather not do that because he wants to move on with his career and continue climbing the ladder in the division. So you do what any rational person would do. You accuse him of being scared to fight you again.

Nate Marquardt is the newest member of the ‘Don’t be scared, homey‘ club ever since he told Sherdog recently that Thales Leites is ducking a rematch of their UFC 85 cheat-fest. Marquardt seems to be seizing on the fact that his point deduction for striking to the back of the head was unjustified and conveniently forgetting the other completely illegal stuff he did in that fight, such as the knee to the head of a downed Leites and the piledriver at the end of the fight:

“I’ve never seen a fight like that, never have I had a point taken away for me in any other fight. I believe this was my first,” said Marquardt. “It’s disappointing. Actually he got warned three times for grabbing my glove, the fence and elbowing the back of my head.”

“I’m happy with the way I performed. I know the fans loved it. Honestly, all the controversy over the point deductions and me losing a split decision, everybody who saw the fight knows that I won the fight,” Marquardt said. “In a way it’s been a blessing in disguise. It’s kind of made my popularity go up because everyone is talking about it.”

“I would love a rematch and I asked for it. I doubt he’s going to give me a rematch. I think he’s kind of scared to be honest,” Marquardt said. “He got lucky and knocked me down right away and mounted me. That’s his game, to get to the mount position. What better position for him to land up in? I was able to escape, get back up to my feet and have him rocked by the end of the round. I think he knows that he was kind of outclassed.”

Isn’t it great how MMA fighters are so often convinced that anything effective their opponent managed to do was “lucky”, while their own offense was all skill and superior technique? Maybe that’s the mindset you need to have to fight at that level, but it sure is a very selective thought process. If Marquardt really wants to force that rematch, he may have to up his antics. Derogatory t-shirt calling out Leites, perhaps? I know a place in the mall that could do it cheap.

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Márcio- July 2, 2008 at 1:32 pm
No shit Nate won the fight on points without the deductions! After that ilegal knee early on the second round I'm surprised Leites was even able to stand up and continue to fight (most fighters wouldn't). And now peace of shit Nate has the balls to say he's scared what a worthless excuse for a human being.
Texas Fighter- July 2, 2008 at 12:08 pm


fightfan- July 2, 2008 at 9:54 am
My point being.....

Some refs will give 10, plus warnings before deducting a point, if they even take away a point at all. Some take point aaway immediately, some let it go 4 times before THEN giving only a warning.

My point is that every fights is ref'd SO DIFFERENTLY. ALmost EVERY fight, there are punches that hit the back of a fighters head, and RARLEY is a point deducted. Someitmes there are warnings after 4 or 5 strikes, sometimes afer 22 or 3.....The point being it is SO INCONSISTANT!!!!
CityBoxingSanDiego- July 2, 2008 at 6:15 am
Yes BFowlkes I may be biased because not only do I get a chance to consistently train with KJ and see his potential on a daily basis but it is plain and simple that Diaz looked like shit in their fight and got his ass beat. I think that EliteXC needs to co-promote a Josh Thomson and KJ fight instead of an undeserved rematch. And Gracies suck ass... I bet you have never set foot inside a gym and I would love to see you call KJ a bitch to his face...
Scottie G- July 2, 2008 at 1:52 am
fightfan- Dean did warn Nate several times, prior to the point deduction. He even says "do it again, I'm taking a point" and he did. The 2nd point deduction was BS, the elbow was clean...but the piledriver should have been a 2nd point, so in my opinion it equals out.
Nate fought the last time you saw ANY UFC fight with 2 point deductions.

Oh, and Herb Dean did dock Ryan Ford a point for grabbing the shorts. The only time he messed up was when he let Ford elbow Spratt twice after the bell, that was stupid

Ikcedar- YES, it was a piledriver. The rule states you can't pick up an opponent and spike their head on the ground. Just because Leites moved his face doesn't mean it isn't a piledriver, he still landed on his head (face, same thing genius)
ikcedar- July 2, 2008 at 1:19 am
it wasnt a piledriver.... He landed on his face, it was just to flatten him out and get his back in the north south position.
fightfan- July 2, 2008 at 12:31 am
decuctin an ENTIRE point is just absolutely ridiculis. ESPECIALLY, when the judges taking away points do it DIFFERENTLY EACH AND EVERY FIGHT!!!

One fight, lets say ref A may give fighter A warning after warning after warning WITHOUT DEDUCTING a point.....While ANOTHER ref would deduct a point on the first or second time......Therefore HOW CAN TAHT BE FAIR.....The round score could differ by 10-9 winning teh round for fighter A, all the way to him losing the round 10-7 or 10-6 if points were DECUCTED EQUALLY.

you guys know what I am saying.....Some people can do the same foul 10,12, maybe even more WITHOUT getting a point deduction....couple quick examples CB vs Kline in TUF... Maz warned CB over and over and over and over and over and in between rounds about back of the head strikes.

While Herb Dean let Ryan Ford CONTINUALLY grab the shorts and even rip them against Spratt. Ford could of been DOCKED 5 points if THE SAME HERB DEAN THAT REF"D the Marquardt/Leites FIGHT!!!!!! actually did what he did in BOTH fights.

THERE HAS TO BE CONSISTAENCY!!!!!! Sure the refs WILL NEVER BE on the same page....BUT at least they haev to deduct points EQUALLY and gie WARNINGS equally!!!!
Patrick- July 1, 2008 at 8:27 pm
Marquardt is a whiney, self obsessed, bitch.
Don't bitch at Leites because YOU fucked up.
Have an ounce of fucking class and move on.
bfowlkes- July 1, 2008 at 7:41 pm
CityBoxingSanDiego, do you think it's possible you might be a little biased on the Diaz-Noons front? I'm just messing with you, but seriously, yes Diaz looked bad, and yes he deserves a rematch. The fight was stopped on cuts, which is always unsatisfying. Plus, who else does Elite XC have as a good challenger for Noons right now? It only makes sense.
gracies suck ass- July 1, 2008 at 7:38 pm
KJ noons is a bitch. Nick diaz will fuck him up, man everyone keeps forgettin nick completely annihilated gomi who's kjx10. Gomi sucks, Noons sucks more, Diaz by fuckuplata.
CityBoxingSanDiego- July 1, 2008 at 7:34 pm
I hope you aren't implying that Nick Diaz deserves a rematch with KJ are you? KJ completely dominated the round, knocked him to his ass twice, turned his face to mash, and stuffed every single one of those pathetic ass takedowns. The seven year olds in my submission grappling class have better takedowns than Nick Diaz. It is embarrassing when he bends at his lower back and flounders about trying to secure a single or double leg. Watch as the Wildman Denny destroys him standing and on the ground.
bfowlkes- July 1, 2008 at 7:07 pm
I see a lot of people saying that he won without the point deductions. But the point deductions are part of the fight. Tito Ortiz would have beat Rashad Evans without the point deduction, but that's not the way it happened.

I think Marquardt did get the better of Leites, but he also did at least two illegal things in that fight, so let's not gloss over it so quickly. I never said he wasn't justified in calling Leites out. Brandon Vera and Nick Diaz were justified too, but it's an interesting trend. That's all.

Also, Marquardt was not getting the better of Anderson Silva in any meaningful way. Now you're just making excuses for the guy.
gracies suck ass- July 1, 2008 at 6:28 pm
yo cp jus cause you lost a dime bettin on nate don't bury him brah, he was winning sides from the points, get your hand outta the vaseline and type a somewhat worthwhile article you fucking hurtbag.
Georges St. Pierre- July 1, 2008 at 6:10 pm
Like 2 of the 3 comments so far, this article's argument is quite weak. It should be the top fighters that move on. Did that fight make you believe that Leites is the better fighter?

Marquardt is very acclamé and he trains himself to fight an army so that no one man can take him down.

If you let the lesser fighters move on, you'll have a similar Matt Serra circus show were he paraded around for over 1 YEAR as a champion.
L Grant- July 1, 2008 at 5:23 pm
Without the point deductions Marquardt won that fight hands down. Making mistakes and losing points is something that happens, and it's gotta be tough to lose a fight that way.

I think calling out Leites is perfectly justified. Not only does it hype up a rematch if it happens, but it puts Marquardt in the spotlight. He's one of the best fighters at 185.

He was getting the best of Anderson Silva until the bullshit stand up the ref forced on him. Who knows what would have happened if he wasn't forced to his feet, there's a great chance that he may have won the round. Then again, he might have lost the fight, or Anderson may have escaped.

Either way, Marquardt is one of the top fighters in the UFC MW division, and this kind of thing may help his career.
Old, Bald and Irish- July 1, 2008 at 5:17 pm
"Frank Glamrock is my bitch"

...*snicker*....Frank Glamrock...

Funny, but not as good as "Kim Couture'd" and "Smells like poop and Cracker Jack".

Hey, BIG CHRIS, maybe Thompson can call your son and get some shirt slogan ideas.
C-Bus Allstar- July 1, 2008 at 4:53 pm
Marquardt has a point. He did win that fight. Maybe not officially, but from my angle it looked as if he was getting the better of Leites for AT LEAST 2 out of 3 rounds. I have a feeling that after the point was deducted, he kind of knew he was out of contention for the decision and decided to have a little fun with the punk (e.g. the pile driver). I have no doubt that if this fight was to be re-done, Marquardt would come out on top.