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UFC 182 results: Dominant Brad Tavares shuts out fading Nate Marquardt to win unanimous decision

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With his failed Welterweight experiment a not-so-distant memory, Nate Marquardt looked to continue building his Middleweight momentum tonight (Sat., Jan. 3, 2015) against Brad Tavares at UFC 182, which took place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

And he failed again.

Tavares looked to establish his presence early taking the center of the Octagon and taking the fight to Marquardt. To keep him at distance, Marquardt fired off inside leg kicks as the pair attempted to figure out each other. After waiting more than two minutes, Marqaurdt fired off a straight right hand but was immediately countered.

He landed a clean front kick to the face, but Tavares was somehow unfazed. As the first round came to a close, both fighters continued the feeling out process, neither doing anything super notable that could be considered round-winning.

Tavares came out for the second round throwing kicks, which Marquardt used to try and score a takedown, but it didn't happen. Marquardt looks a little unsure of himself, which is odd for such an experienced veteran. Tavares, meanwhile, continued to push the pace and carpet bomb his legs with kicks.

In addition to the visible swelling on his legs, Marquardt's face was beginning to show signs of cumulative damage. As the second round winded down, Marquardt dove for an aggressive takedown and was nearly flipped on his head, but the pair pretty much remained locked against the fence until the buzzer blared.

Tavares landed several solid shots with about 15 seconds remaining and clearly won the round.

He started off the third much like he ended the second, landing combinations and making Marquardt look completely lost. Marquardt landed a knee in the clinch, but offered nothing in terms of a follow up attack. He tried another takedown, but once again was denied ... and punished.

Marquardt seemingly lost all his steam heading into the home stretch as Tavares continued to flip his jab and land kicks seemingly at will. With 30 seconds remaining in the match, the crowd voiced its collecting displeasure, booing the sloed pace as Tavares finished strong.

Once again, the judges had to decide this PPV match, with Tavares earning the nod from all three sitting ringside (30-27, 30-27 and 30-27).

Tavares -- who was in the midst of a two-fight losing streak to enter the New Year thanks to Yoel Romero and Tim Boetsch -- won seven of his first eight matches to start his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) career. Perhaps now he is back on track. The same cannot be said for Marquardt, 35, who looked like a shell of his former self.

For complete UFC 182 results, including play-by-play coverage of the entire 11-match pay-per-view (PPV) card, click here.