Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - Returning to the Octagon for the first time since back to back wins over Trevor Prangley and Chael Sonnen in 2005-2006 , respected middleweight contender Jeremy Horn will replace injured Thales Leites and face Nate Marquardt on February 2nd's UFC 81 card in Las Vegas.
1.08.2008 - 12:40:00 PM -
UFC 81: Leites scratched with Broken Hand
According to UFC.comThales Leites has been scratched from his UFC 81: Breaking Point fight with Nate Marquardt due to a broken hand suffered during training:
Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - A broken right hand suffered in training Monday has forced middleweight contender Thales Leites to withdraw from his UFC 81 bout against Nate Marquardt. Leites, winner of three in a row in the Octagon, will undergo surgery on the hand later this week.
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.