"I think it's a wrong mentality. You know, when I started in Mixed Martial Arts, when I first started watching it, the Jiu-Jitsu guys were beating everyone. So anyone who had a good Jiu-Jitsu would be able to take them down, to submit them or punch them on the ground and win the fight. From there, it went to guys who can stop the takedown, and get a knockout. Fighters like Chuck Liddell. Fighters like him were dominating the sport. So lately the wrestlers brought it back a little. I think it's the thing in Mixed Martial Arts, that sometimes the grapplers or the wrestlers are going to have an advantage, and sometimes it's the strikers. The way to keep yourself on the top of the game, is to be well-rounded. Not to neglect any part of your game. If you have a problem with guys taking you down, you have to defend the takedown and learn how to wrestle."
UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt doesn't subscribe to the ever-popular theory that wrestling is ruining mixed martial arts. "The Great" knows better than anyone after getting thoroughly dominated by Chael Sonnen at UFC 109 earlier this year. How much wrestling will come into play against muscular submission master Rousimar Palhares on Wednesday night in Austin?