Marquardt vs. Sexyama booked for UFC 128

by Brett Okamoto | source:

A middleweight bout between former No. 1 contender Nate Marquardt and Yoshihiro Akiyama has been slated for UFC 128 in Newark, N.J., on March 19, according to multiple sources.

Contracts have been distributed and verbal agreements are in place from both fighters.

According to earlier reports, the UFC had wanted Akiyama to face Chael Sonnen at UFC 128. However, Sonnen was recently suspended by the organization after he pleaded guilty to money laundering in federal court earlier this week.

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bigfig68 site profile image  

1/7/11 1:07 AM by bigfig68

Sexyama loses either way but I still prefer marquardt > sonnen

Wasa-B site profile image  

1/7/11 1:00 AM by Wasa-B

sexy even made leben look like a mw and stann absolutely dwarfed lebenthe size diff between belcher and sexy was ridiculous

Wasa-B site profile image  

1/7/11 12:58 AM by Wasa-B

sexy sucks, sorryhe's gotten progressively worse each fightWW is still competitive but he is also maybe one of the smallest guys in a div maybe?

WhiteWhale site profile image  

1/7/11 12:52 AM by WhiteWhale

nate will be alot biggeri cant really see how aki wins this fight cept punchers chancehe really needs to be at 170 nate will be waaay bigger

MartialArtsMixed site profile image  

1/6/11 10:47 PM by MartialArtsMixed

 Sexy got this.

Scott Rotem site profile image  

1/6/11 10:40 PM by Scott Rotem

Nathan "I'm the best in the world" Marquardt....zZzzzzzzzzzzzZ Sexyama via showing up and not choking.

Fake Rassler site profile image  

1/6/11 10:24 PM by Fake Rassler

Nate is much more complete as a fighter but may still find a way to lose

smichal site profile image  

1/6/11 10:23 PM by smichal

Great match up. I like both fighters but I'm a bigger fan of Sexyama. Think this will likely be his last fight if he loses, but perhaps this depends on the manner of his loss. Tough road for him. Won a great first fight...was winning and gassed in his second...didn't take Bisping down and lost it in the third round.

brahmabull81 site profile image  

1/6/11 7:55 PM by brahmabull81

It seems like they are throwing all the biggest strongest MW's at him to show him he needs to drop to WW.

bhealthy site profile image  

1/6/11 5:31 PM by bhealthy

playing this match makes no sense for marquart, he is several levels above akiyama skillwise AND way bigger and stronger. what does winning this set him up for? a shot at belcher or stann? I do not get it.