Nate Marquardt defeated Rousimar Palhares in the main event of “UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares” by TKO, but it wasn’t without a bit of controversy.
Palhares took Marquardt down and went to secure a leg for an ankle lock. Marquardt easily escaped and the Brazilian started to complain to referee Herb Dean, alleging the Team Jackson trained Marquardt had a lubricant on his legs.
Marquardt seized the moment and pounced on the downed Palhares with a barrage of strikes forcing and end to the fight.
Palhares continued to protest after the fight was stopped, but Dean and Texas commission officials cleared Marquardt of the allegation almost immediately.
“Basically after the fight he was complaining. He thought I had something slippery on my legs, so the referee, Herb Dean, wiped my legs with a paper towel and he said he was going to wait for the sweat to dry and if there was grease left over it would leave a mark and there was nothing left over,” explained Marquardt. “Also, the commissioner came over with his bare hand and checked my legs and said that I was good to go.”
In his post-fight interview Marquardt said he worked up a good sweat before entering the Octagon with the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and theorized that was the cause of his opponent’s reaction.
“Basically I believe what happened was I had a good sweat going before the fight and he felt as I turned out of the ankle lock, it slipped a little bit, and he felt that I had greased or something, so I’m sure that he was a little upset,” explained Marquardt, also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.
Marquardt was pleased with his victory, but said the greasing claim took away from his win.
“I was very excited for the win, but that kind of took a little bit out of it for me,” said the middleweight contender. “It was kind of disappointing to try to have to defend yourself over something like that. I’m not a dirty fighter, and I don’t cheat, and I don’t grease.”