Dana White: Marquardt choked, where the %$!@ was his corner?

by Steven Marrocco | source: mmajunkie.com

At UFC 122 in Oberhausen, Germany, Nate Marquardt, saw a second shot at the title slip through his hands with a unanimous decision loss to Yushin Okami.

"He is a choker," White said bluntly following the UFC 122 post-event press conference. "He choked tonight."

"Marquardt is such a talented guy, and what I'm seeing is stuff from the Greg Jackson camp. This camp continuously – when these guys fight, their corner is either telling them they're ahead or they're winning.

"I mean, Nate Marquardt sat here tonight and said that he thought he won the fight. Where the f--- is his corner? You go into the last round and you're getting outstruck by a wrestler, and you think you won the fight? And this is consistent with the Greg Jackson camp."

"Listen, Marquardt and Okami are both professionals who have been around for a long time. The first time I ever saw Nate Marquardt fight was 10 years ago, when we first bought the UFC, up in Northern California. He was the King of Pancrase back in Japan. This dude has been in the game for a long time.

"You already blew a title shot once; you're in a fight for the title shot again in the third round, and you're not throwing any punches or kicks? It has nothing to do with pressure. You're ... professional, and you're going to go after it in the last round to get your title shot."

"Listen – you couldn't meet a nicer guy than Nate Marquardt. He's a great guy. Nice kid – choked tonight."

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