Nate Marquardt (27-8-2) and Wilson Gouveia (12-5) will likely mix it up in a monster middleweight mash at UFC 95, which is scheduled to take place from The O2 Arena in London, England, on February 21.
Marquardt is fresh of a brutal first round domination of Martin Kampmann at UFC 88: "Breakthrough" back in September. Prior to the win the former King of Pancrase suffered a minor setback in his bid to earn a title rematch against UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
"The Great" dropped a bizarre split decision loss to Thales Leites at UFC 85: "Bedlam" back in June in which he was deducted two points for fouls. It was a competitive fight that he clearly could have won if the infractions — one of which was questionable — were not enforced.
He's now back in the win column and will look to make it two in a row against the surging American Top Team (ATT) standout.
Gouveia smashed Jason MacDonald with vicious elbows at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 Finale earlier this month to score an impressive first round technical knockout. Unfortunately, the win was overshadowed by the former light heavyweight's inability to make the 185-pound division limit, coming in at an alarming four pounds over.
This will mark just the third fight for Gouveia at middleweight. He notched a submission win (armbar) over late replacement Ryan Jensen at UFC Fight Night 15 in his divisional debut back in September. Despite being relatively new to the division, however, he could find himself right in the title hunt with a win over a guy like Marquardt.
Great match up, which should make for an exciting fight.
UFC 95 features the highly anticipated lightweight debut of Diego Sanchez against Joe Stevenson in the main event of the evening. For more on the UFC 95 fight card and rumors click here.