Marquardt vs. Sonnen for title shot

by Dan Stupp | source: mmajunkie.com
 

LAS VEGAS – The winner of UFC 109's co-main-event fight between Nate Marquardt (29-8-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Chael Sonnen (24-10-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will earn a middleweight title shot.

At today's UFC 109 pre-event press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed the recent speculation and guaranteed the winner a shot at the belt.

White, who emceed today's presser at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino's Mizuya Lounge in Las Vegas, said he always considered the co-headlining fight a No. 1 contender's bout.

"We always had it in mind," White said. "These are two of the top five [middleweights] in the world depending on what you look at."

White said Marquardt, who's 4-1 (with a controversial split-decision loss to Thales Leites) since his first unsuccessful bid at the belt, is especially worthy.

"Nate's been deserving it for a while," White said.

Current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva puts his 11-fight win streak on the line and looks for his sixth consecutive title defense when he meets Vitor Belfort in the UFC 112 main event in April. And White said Silva, who's sometimes complained of a lack of marketable matchups at 185 pounds, won't have a problem taking the fight with the Marquardt/Sonnen winner and suggested the champ's recent dabbling in the light-heavyweight division was actually the head hocho's idea.

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NorthFromHere site profile image  

2/7/10 7:56 AM by NorthFromHere

Chael the troll gets his shot! Amazing, awesome, hilarious!

DAnthony027 site profile image  

2/5/10 12:05 PM by DAnthony027

 I feel the same way.. I dont see how Chael is even in the UFC.

CRE site profile image  

2/5/10 11:23 AM by CRE

I know more about the sport than you, with proof.  Chael will be Champion. Lesnar will be champ by 08 CRE UnderGround Forum 11/17/08 1:59 PM Baroquen Record 100 4077   Forrest has a weak/glass chin CRE UnderGround Forum 3 days ago CRE 71 2604  

studiocamp site profile image  

2/5/10 10:45 AM by studiocamp

lol at cretard knowing jack shit about any combat sport.

PJ Benn Fan site profile image  

2/5/10 10:25 AM by PJ Benn Fan

 I almost hope Sonnen wins just so I could see Silva go apeshit on him. In reality though, Marquardt is in a different class than Chael!

canuck34 site profile image  

2/5/10 10:17 AM by canuck34

??? What are you talking about? Only reason Vitor is getting a shot is because Silva completely cleaned out the division. I think that this is a good fight for #1 contender. Hendo would have been in the mix if he hadn't asked for so much money. It would have been Nate vs Hendo which is perfect.

epwar site profile image  

2/5/10 10:14 AM by epwar

Losing? I don't think they ever had a contendership structure other than Dana saying, "I like that guy, he gets a title shot."

NorthFromHere site profile image  

2/5/10 2:20 AM by NorthFromHere

I will laugh my ass off if Chael the Troll Sonnen gets the title shot and then somehow manages to take the belt from Anderson.

Mc6pack site profile image  

2/5/10 2:15 AM by Mc6pack

Title shot should be if Nate wins only. Cheal doesnt deserve it.. same as Vitor doesnt.. the UFC seems to be completely losing its contendership structure. I wonder how this is affecting the fighters ?

Poopyface TomatoNose site profile image  

2/5/10 2:13 AM by Poopyface TomatoNose

Chael Sonnen will be the champion before 2010 is up. CRE knows whats up.