11.14.2007 - 2:50:00 PM -
UFC 81: Nate Marquardt vs Thales Leites
MMA Junkie got the dish that Nate Marquardt has a new contract in hand and could possibly fight Thales Leites at UFC 81. Here's the scoop:
With a new contract in hand, Nate Marquardt (25-7-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will return from July's loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to take on Thales Leites (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). The middleweight bout will be part of Feb. 2's UFC 81 event, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
A representative from Marquardt's camp notified MMAjunkie.com of the fight early this morning.
Additionally, MMAjunkie.com was told that Marquardt and the UFC are finalizing a new, four-fight contract that will go into effect for UFC 81. The new contract will replace Marquardt's old deal, which has one fight left on it.
Contracts will be signed in the next day or two, we're told.
Labels: MMA, Nathan Marquardt, Rumors, Thales Leites, UFC, UFC 81
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