"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."
After being labeled as a "choker" by promotion president Dana White, former middleweight number one contender Nate Marquardt (via Fighter's Only) looks to erase the memories of his lame-duck performance against Yushin Okami at UFC 122 in Germany, one that cost him another shot at the 185-pound title. While he was far from "Great" in his decision loss to "Thunder," the Greg Jackson disciple wants to prove he's the aggressive fighter White claims he isn't -- and hopes to accomplish that goal by knocking out Wanderlei Silva. Is Marquardt biting off more than he can chew? Or trying to use a battle-weary veteran to keep his name in the spotlight?