"Gumby" is back!
Veteran Jeremy Horn (79-16-5) will fill-in for the injured Thales Leites against Nate Marquardt (25-7-2) at UFC 81: "Breaking Point" on February 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to UFC.com.
Here's the full snip:
"Returning to the Octagon for the first time since back to back wins over Trevor Prangley and Chael Sonnen in 2005-2006 , respected middleweight contender Jeremy Horn will replace injured Thales Leites and face Nate Marquardt on February 2nd's UFC 81 card in Las Vegas."
At just 32 years old, Horn is already legend in the sport of mixed martial arts. He has competed off and on inside the Octagon since 1998. His last appearance was in May 2006, submitting Chael Sonnen via armbar at UFC 60: "Hughes vs. Gracie."
The last two years Horn has taken a much deserved break from competition, focusing primarily on training fighters. However, he did take three fights during that time and lost two of them (Matt Lindland and Jorge Santiago).
Marquardt is looking to rebound from his loss to UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva, at UFC 73: "Stacked" back in July 2007. He was set to face Thales Leites (again), but the Brazilian sustained a broken hand while training for the bout and was forced to withdraw.
Let's hope the condensed pre-fight training schedule does not affect Horn and we see a great fight on SuperBowl weekend.
For the latest UFC 81 fight card click here.