A fight between recent middleweight contender Nate “The Great” Marquardt (25-7-2, 4-1 UFC) and up and comer Thales Leites (12-1, 3-1 UFC) is set for UFC 81 according to MMAjunkie.com.
Marquardt is coming off a 1st round TKO loss to current UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva at UFC 73. Many considered “The Great” to be a tough match-up for the Brazilian but he was overwhelmed in the dying stages of round one. After renewing his contract with the UFC for reportedly another four fights, Marquardt is set to once again establish himself as a top contender in the 185 pound division.
Thales Leites is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt who is currently on a three fight win streak in the UFC after losing his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 4 finale against Martin Kampmann.
If Dan Henderson decides not to drop down from light heavyweight then one would have to assume a win for Leites would almost secure him a title shot in the shallow division. While a win for Marquardt could take him one step closer to another shot against “The Spider”.
This bout is scheduled for UFC 81 which currently features the much awaited debut of Brock Lesnar versus ex-UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Also on the card is potentially a Heavyweight championship bout featuring Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
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