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Nate Marquardt vs Rousimar Palhares official for UFC 118 in Boston


Top ranked middleweight contender Nate Marquardt (29-9-2) will be facing a very stiff test this summer now that he's booked to face muscular submission master Rousimar Palhares (11-2) at UFC 118: "Edgar vs. Penn 2" on Aug. 28 in Boston.

The UFC today officially announced the middleweight match-up, first reported by back in May.

"The Great" is coming off a "Relentless" beat down at the hands of now number one middleweight contender Chael Sonnen at UFC 109 back in February. Many people pegged the fight as an easy win for Marquardt, but Mr. Sonnen showed us all yet again what good 'ole American wrestling can do for you in this sport.

Prior to the Sonnen defeat, Nate had won three consecutive fights inside the Octagon, including a 21-second dismantling of Demian Maia at UFC 102. That win propelled Marquardt back to the top of the division, but another title shot was just not meant to be at the moment.

Palhares is coming off a controversial submission win over Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111 back on March 27, failing to break the heel hook submission he applied in the first round in a timely fashion. The "Gorilla" tapped to no avail and referee Kevin Mulhall had to physically intervene upon calling the fight.

"Toquinho" later apologized for the hiccup, insisting there was no harm intended, but the NJSACB wasn't impressed with his post-fight apology and slapped him with a 90-day suspension.

He'll now look to redeem himself against perhaps his stiffest test to date (sans Dan Henderson) later this summer.

For the latest UFC 118: "Edgar vs. Penn 2" fight card and line-up click here.

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