Nate Marquardt promises if given the chance, he will knockout Wanderlei SilvaPosted on November 30, 2010, 09:16 AM by Daniel Cassidy
Following on from his lacklustre performance against Yushin Okami, former Middleweight title challenger Nate "The Great" Marquardt has his sights set on PRIDE legend Wanderlei Silva. Currently 2-2 in his last 4, the Greg Jackson fighter needs a strong win to prove his relevance in a division wealthy with talent, and fully believes himself up to the task of slaying "Tha Axe Murderer".
"In order to re-establish myself as the number one contender, my next opponent needs to be an elite fighter who will stand and bang with me in the center of the Octagon until one of us is knocked out. The fight that makes the most sense to me is Wanderlei Silva. I have a ton of respect for Wanderlei and have wanted this fight for years, the fans have wanted this fight, they deserve to see two of the best fighters in the world in an all out war.
Wanderlei is an amazing fighter who is very aggressive, I will pursue him with unwavering tenacity, then I will knock him out! I promise the UFC, Dana, my fans, my team, my coaches and most importantly myself that never again will there be a question about my cage aggression."
He also addressed the criticism from his boss, Dana White, who called him a choker, following his loss to Okami at UFC 122:
“After the fight and in recent days, Dana White has publicly criticized me for being a "choker" and not being aggressive enough. While Dana's comments were difficult to hear, I firmly believe that I am one of the best fighters in the world and will one day be the UFC middleweight champion.
“However in hindsight Dana is right - in order to live up to my full potential and realize my championship dreams I need to be more aggressive and showcase my inherent killer instinct. I need to stalk my opponents, impose my will and finish fights on a consistent basis.”
So Lowkick'ers, with the return of The Axe Murderer set for Spring, who do you think Joe Silva will pair up against Siva? With both Chris Leben and now Marquardt calling for the fight, who do you want to see the PRIDE superstar fight?
source: Fighters Only