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Nathan Marquardt

Born April 20, 1979 (1979-04-20) (age 30)
Lander, Wyoming
Other names The Great
Nationality United States American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13.1 st)
Division 185
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Gaidojutsu, Boxing, Kickboxing
Fighting out of Denver, Colorado
Team Jackson's Submission Fighting,High Altitude Martial Arts
Rank      black belt in BJJ
Years active 1999–present MMA
MMA record
Total 40
Wins 29
By knockout 7
By submission 15
Losses 9
Draws 2
Other information
Notable students Shane Carwin[1]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Nathan Joel Marquardt (born April 20, 1979 in Lander, Wyoming) is an American mixed martial artist. He is a three-time Middleweight King of Pancrase Champion, and currently fights in the middleweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


Background and training

Marquardt began his training in the martial arts as a teenager, studying the disciplines of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, Wing Chun, and Kenpo under instructor Alistair McNiven. Additionally, he took lessons in wrestling, and eventually began training under Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor Ricardo Murgel at age 18.[2] Active in sports throughout high school, he contends that he did not become involved in the martial arts until he saw footage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[3] Although he is perhaps best known for his association with Greg Jackson's Gaidojutsu mixed martial arts team, Marquardt has also trained with Sanae Kikuta and the GRABAKA Dojo in Japan[4] as well as American kickboxer and mixed martial artist Duane "Bang" Ludwig in Colorado.[5]

Marquardt runs an academy, High Altitude Martial Arts, located in Aurora, Colorado.


Marquardt began his professional mixed martial arts career in 1999, amassing victories in various promotions before entering the Bas Rutten Invitational 4 tournament, which was organized in such a manner that the tournament winner was to be offered a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Despite winning the tournament, Marquardt was offered no such contract.[6] Instead, he signed with Japan's Pancrase organization, which had fostered such fighters as Ken Shamrock and Bas Rutten. In his first Pancrase fight, Marquardt lost via submission to Genki Sudo.

Invited back to Pancrase for a middleweight elimination tournament, Marquardt defeated Daiju Takase, Kiuma Kunioku, and Shonie Carter to become the first middleweight King of Pancrase. Marquardt defended this title twice before being defeated by Kunioku in December 2001. A final encounter between the two fighters in December 2002 saw Marquardt defeat Kunioku once again to recapture the King of Pancrase championship, which he held for nearly a year.


Almeida incident

On November 30, 2003, Marquardt was involved in a brief altercation with middleweight opponent Ricardo Almeida in a Pancrase title fight. Marquardt, who was caught in a guillotine choke, tapped out; (Some believe that the referee mistook a repositioning of Marquardt's hand to be a tap. Thus causing Marquardt to believe the fight had not been ended.) The referee, however, was unable to immediately separate the fighters, and the choke remained applied around Marquardt's neck. After he was freed, Marquardt threw a strike at Almeida's face, prompting both corners to storm into the ring – including Renzo Gracie. Renzo was cornering Almeida, and once in the ring he kicked Marquardt in the face.[7] The confrontation eventually came to an end, and Marquardt approached Almeida after the bout to congratulate him. After Almeida vacated his title in July 2004, Marquardt proceeded to regain the championship in a victory over Kazuo Misaki at Pancrase: Brave 10.

Transition to the UFC

On May 1, 2005, Marquardt defeated Izuru Takeuchi, winning the Pancrase middleweight championship for a seventh time – the only fighter to ever accomplish such a feat.[8] It was then announced that Marquardt would be making his debut with the UFC in August, live on Spike TV, headlining the inaugural Ultimate Fight Night card in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Although his debut ended in success – Marquardt earned a decision victory over UFC veteran Ivan Salaverry – post-fight drug testing controversy led to Marquardt's suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Marquardt tested positive for high levels of nandrolone, which led the commission to file for his suspension. Marquardt maintains that he only used over-the-counter supplements in preparation for his fight. Marquardt was initially suspended for six months and assessed no fine.[9]. Marquardt's suspension was reduced to five months and he was reinstated in January 2006.[10]

With the drug testing controversy resolved, Marquardt was set to make his return to the UFC at UFC 58, fighting a mixed martial arts veteran in Joe Doerksen. The fight proved to be a successful endeavor for Marquardt, as he won a unanimous decision. In the post-fight interview, Marquardt stated his goals of capturing the UFC middleweight championship and his intention to fight then-champion Rich Franklin.

Marquardt then fought Crafton Wallace – a replacement for Marquardt's original opponent, Thales Leites – on the undercard of Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter on October 10, 2006, winning by rear naked choke in the second round. Due to his commitment to the UFC, Marquardt relinquished his title as the middleweight King of Pancrase that same month.[11]

At UFC Fight Night 8, Marquardt notched a dominant three-round decision victory over ADCC champion grappler Dean Lister that saw two judges score the bout 30-25 for Marquardt.

Middleweight Title Shot

Following that victory and a 4-0 debut in the UFC, Marquardt was scheduled to compete for the UFC middleweight championship held by Anderson Silva on July 7, 2007 at UFC 73.[12] Marquardt lost the championship bout by technical knockout due to strikes.

After early speculation that Marquardt's contract with the UFC could expire without renewal[13], he confirmed that a new agreement had been signed with the organization. Marquardt's next match was to be against Thales Leites at UFC 81, but Leites withdrew from the bout due to an injured hand. This marked the second time that a bout between Leites and Marquardt had been cancelled. On January 9, the UFC announced that veteran Jeremy Horn would be Leites' replacement.[14] Marquardt defeated Horn via guillotine choke.

Marquardt finally fought Thales Leites at UFC 85–a fight that had been postponed on two separate occasions since 2006.[15] Marquardt controlled Leites for the second and third round of the fight but landed an illegal knee strike to the head of Leites in the second round and an elbow to the back of the head in the third. The deducted points proved to be crucial in the judging as Leites was deemed victorious in a very controversial split decision, giving Leites a title shot against Anderson Silva. [1]. [16][17]

Marquardt was next scheduled to face Martin Kampmann. Nate defeated Kampmann in 82 seconds by throwing a head kick and landing a barrage of strikes to take the win by TKO in the first round.

Marquardt obtained a second straight win to launch himself back into the title picture at UFC 95, when he defeated well-regarded Brazilian fighter Wilson Gouveia with another barrage of strikes to earn a third round TKO.

Marquardt's next fight was against the then-undefeated submission specialist Demian Maia at UFC 102, which he won via KO 21 seconds into the first round by landing a counter straight right as Maia threw a high kick. Maia fell face down, unable to protect himself. Nate rushed in to follow up with a right hook, but stopped himself once he saw that Maia was visibly hurt.

Following his victory over Maia, Marquardt was scheduled to fight Dan Henderson to determine number 1 contendership to Silva's Middleweight Championship. However Henderson left the UFC for Strikeforce after attempts to agree on a new contract failed. A new bout was arranged between Marquardt and American wrestler Chael Sonnen, scheduled for UFC 110 and later moved to UFC 109. Despite being the favourite to win, Marquardt was taken down at will by Sonnen multiple times during each round. Although able to lock in a guillotine choke late in the 3rd round, Marquardt was not able to finish the submission attempt and lost the fight via unanimous decision. With the victory, Sonnen became the next challenger for the Middleweight Championship after Demian Maia.

Personal life

Marquardt has a wife named Tessa.[18] The couple is expecting their first child together in May 2010. [19] Nate has a daughter named Emmalie from a previous relationship. [20]

Other accomplishments

  • 1999 World Vale Tudo Federation Champion
  • 1999 I.M.A. Rumble In The Rockies Champion
  • 1999 Bas Rutten Invitational 4 Lightweight Champion
  • 2000 Ring of Fire Middleweight Champion
  • 2002 Pancrase Spirit Tour Champion
  • Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Murgel
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt in Pancrase Mixed Martial Arts/Jiu-Jitsu[21]

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 29-9-2 United States Chael Sonnen Decision (Unanimous) UFC 109: Relentless 02010-02-06 February 6, 2010 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US Won Fight of the Night Honors
Win 29–8–2 Brazil Demian Maia KO (Punch) UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira 02009-08-29 August 29, 2009 1 0:21 United States Portland, Oregon, US Won Knockout of the Night Honors
Win 28–8–2 Brazil Wilson Gouveia TKO (Strikes) UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson 02009-02-21 February 21, 2009 3 3:10 England London, England
Win 27–8–2 Denmark Martin Kampmann TKO (Strikes) UFC 88: Breakthrough 02008-09-06 September 6, 2008 1 1:22 United States Atlanta, Georgia, US
Loss 26–8–2 Brazil Thales Leites Decision (Split) UFC 85: Bedlam 02008-06-07 June 7, 2008 3 5:00 England London, England Marquardt was docked 1 point in Round 2 for kneeing the head of a downed opponent, and another point in Round 3 for strikes to the back of the head.
Win 26–7–2 United States Jeremy Horn Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC 81: Breaking Point 02008-02-02 February 2, 2008 2 1:37 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Loss 25–7–2 Brazil Anderson Silva TKO (Punches) UFC 73: Stacked 02007-07-07 July 7, 2007 1 4:50 United States Sacramento, California, US For UFC Middleweight Championship
Win 25–6–2 United States Dean Lister Decision (Unanimous) Ultimate Fight Night 8 02007-01-25 January 25, 2007 3 5:00 United States Hollywood, Florida, US
Win 24–6–2 United States Crafton Wallace Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter 02006-10-10 October 10, 2006 2 1:14 United States Hollywood, Florida, US
Win 23–6–2 Canada Joe Doerksen Decision (Unanimous) UFC 58: USA vs Canada 02006-03-04 March 4, 2006 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 22–6–2 Canada Ivan Salaverry Decision (Unanimous) Ultimate Fight Night 02005-08-06 August 6, 2005 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 21–6–2 Japan Izuru Takeuchi Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Pancrase – Spiral 4 02005-05-01 May 1, 2005 3 2:19 Japan Yokohama, Japan Defended King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship; Vacated title post-fight
Win 20–6–2 Japan Kazuo Misaki Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – Brave 10 02004-11-07 November 7, 2004 3 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan Won King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship
zDraw 19–6–2 Japan Eiji Ishikawa Draw Pancrase – Brave 6 02004-06-22 June 22, 2004 3 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Loss 19–6–1 United States Ricardo Almeida Submission (Guillotine Choke) Pancrase – Hybrid 10 02003-11-30 November 30, 2003 1 4:53 Japan Tokyo, Japan Lost King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship
Win 19–5–1 Japan Yuji Hisamatsu Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – Hybrid 8 02003-10-04 October 4, 2003 2 5:00 Japan Osaka, Japan
Win 18–5–1 United States Steve Gomm Submission (Punches) IFC – Global Domination 02003-09-06 September 6, 2003 1 3:28 United States Denver, Colorado, US
Loss 17–5–1 Japan Keiichiro Yamamiya Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – 2003 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 2 02003-07-27 July 27, 2003 3 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 17–4–1 Japan Izuru Takeuchi KO (Punches) Pancrase – Hybrid 3 02003-03-08 March 8, 2003 1 1:29 Japan Tokyo, Japan Defended King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship
Win 16–4–1 Japan Kiuma Kunioku KO (Flying Knee) Pancrase – Spirit 9 02002-12-21 December 21, 2002 3 4:36 Japan Tokyo, Japan Won King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship
Loss 15–4–1 Japan Izuru Takeuchi Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – Spirit 7 02002-10-29 October 29, 2002 3 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–3–1 Japan Seiki Ryo Technical Submission (Armbar) Pancrase – 2002 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 2 02002-07-28 July 28, 2002 1 1:37 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 14–3–1 Japan Kazuo Misaki TKO (Broken Arm) Pancrase – Spirit 3 02002-03-25 March 25, 2002 1 0:29 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Loss 13–3–1 Japan Kiuma Kunioku Decision (Majority) Pancrase – Proof 7 02001-12-01 December 1, 2001 3 5:00 Japan Yokohama, Japan Lost King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship
Win 13–2–1 Japan Yuji Hoshino Submission (Triangle Choke) Pancrase – Proof 6 02001-10-30 October 30, 2001 3 2:13 Japan Tokyo, Japan Defended King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship
Loss 12–2–1 United States Gil Castillo Decision (Unanimous) IFC WC 14 – Warriors Challenge 14 02001-07-18 July 18, 2001 5 5:00 United States California, US
Win 12–1–1 Japan Masaya Kojima Submission (Armbar) Pancrase – Proof 3 02001-05-13 May 13, 2001 1 1:45 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 11–1–1 Japan Hikaru Sato Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Pancrase – Proof 2 02001-03-31 March 31, 2001 1 1:53 Japan Osaka, Japan
zDraw 10–1–1 Japan Kiuma Kunioku Draw Pancrase – Trans 7 02000-12-04 December 4, 2000 1 20:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan Defended King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship
Win 10–1 Japan Kiuma Kunioku Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – 2000 Anniversary Show 02000-09-24 September 24, 2000 1 10:00 Japan Yokohama, Japan Won King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship; First in Pancrase
Win 9–1 United States Shonie Carter Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – 2000 Anniversary Show 02000-09-24 September 24, 2000 2 3:00 Japan Yokohama, Japan
Win 8–1 Japan Daiju Takase KO (Knee) Pancrase – Trans 4 02000-06-26 June 26, 2000 2 1:30 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–1 United States Anthony Washington Submission (Strikes) ROF 1 – Ring of Fire 1 02000-03-18 March 18, 2000 N/A United States Denver, Colorado, US
Loss 6–1 Japan Genki Sudo Submission (Armbar) Pancrase – Breakthrough 11 01999-12-18 December 18, 1999 1 13:31 Japan Yokohama, Japan
Win 6–0 United States David Harris Submission (Rear Naked Choke) BRI 4 – Bas Rutten Invitational 4 01999-08-14 August 14, 1999 1 15:01 United States
Win 5–0 United States Josh Groves Submission (Triangle Choke) BRI 4 – Bas Rutten Invitational 4 01999-08-14 August 14, 1999 1 1:49 United States
Win 4–0 The Bahamas Yves Edwards Submission (Heel Hook) BRI 4 – Bas Rutten Invitational 4 01999-08-14 August 14, 1999 1 3:04 United States
Win 3–0 United States Jose Garcia Submission RITR – Rumble in the Rockies 01999-06-07 June 7, 1999 1 3:32 United States Denver, Colorado, US
Win 2–0 United States Josh Medina Submission (Choke) RITR – Rumble in the Rockies 01999-06-07 June 7, 1999 1 0:27 United States Denver, Colorado, US
Win 1–0 United States Mike Lee Submission WVF – Durango 01999-04-17 April 17, 1999 2 2:13 United States Durango, Colorado, US

Previous champion
1st King Of Pancrase Middleweight Champion

September 24, 2000 – December 1, 2001

Next champion
Kiuma Kunioku

Previous champion
Kiuma Kunioku
3rd King Of Pancrase Middleweight Champion

December 21, 2002 – November 30, 2003

Next champion
Ricardo Almeida

Previous champion
Ricardo Almeida
5th King Of Pancrase Middleweight Champion

November 7, 2004 – October 2006

Next champion
Yuichi Nakanishi

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Nathan Marquardt". Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  3. ^ "Cage Talk - Nathan Marquardt Part 2". Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  4. ^ "High Altitude Martial Arts: Instructors". Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  5. ^ "August News Part 2: Short interview with "Nate the Great" Marquardt". Hawaii Martial Arts News & Rumors. Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  6. ^ "Exclusive interview with UFC middleweight Nathan Marquardt". 2007-01-22. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  7. ^ "Ricardo Almeida Interview". Retrieved 2007-02-16. 
  8. ^ Sievert, Steve (2007-02-12). "Marquardt fights outside spotlight". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Marquardt's Suspension Lifted by NSAC". 2006-01-06. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  11. ^ Breen, Jordan (2006-10-23). "With Eye on UFC, Marquardt Relinquishes KOP Belt". Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  12. ^ Pishna, Ken (2007-03-21). "Marquardt vs. Silva; Ortiz vs. Evans Signed". Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  13. ^ Sievert, Steve (2007-11-06). "Marquardt plays the UFC waiting game". Brawl Sports. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  14. ^ Pishna, Ken (2007-01-09). "HORN STEPS IN TO FACE MARQUARDT AT UFC 81". Retrieved 2007-01-09. 
  15. ^ Stupp, Dan (2008-03-11). "Thales Leites vs. Nate Marquardt Set for UFC 85". Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  16. ^ Martin, Damon (2008-06-07). "UFC 85 REVIEW: ALVES STUNS HUGHES; BISPING ROLLS". Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  17. ^ Concannon, Paul (2008-06-08). "Alves Stops Hughes in London". Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  18. ^ Graham, Pat (2007-03-23). "Hard lessons: Ultimate Fighting star uses peers as punching bags". Retrieved 2007-03-23. 
  19. ^ "Marquardt on the Way!". 2009-11-18. Retrieved 2010-1-1. 
  20. ^ "Marquardt gets help from St. Pierre". 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  21. ^ "Pancrase Martial Arts: Belt Rank Promotions". Retrieved 2007-02-16. 

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