by Nate Marquardt for MMAWeekly.com

Hello UFC fight fans

Hello UFC
fight fans! Well, I just finished up training in the fifth week out from the
fight with Thales Leites.


In case you
don’t know the history, I was scheduled to fight Thales two times before. 
The first time, he couldn’t make it into the U.S. due to visa trouble. 
The second time, he broke his hand (I fought Jeremy Horn instead).  Now,
we are scheduled to fight in London, England on June 7.


I started
my training this time about three months out from the fight.  We reviewed the
tapes and worked on specific strategies to beat Thales.  Now I am in the
thick of the training.  I am in Albuquerque for about two weeks then I
will go back to my hometown, Denver, to finish out my training.


It’s great
when everybody has fights around the same time.  First Keith Jardine will
fight Wanderlei Silva on May 24 and my buddy from Denver, Shane Carwin, will
fight in a heavyweight under card matchup on that same show.  Then Joey
Villasenor fights Phil Baroni on May 31 on CBS and on June 1 Donald Cerrone
will fight on WEC against Richard Crunkilton. Lastly, Rashad and I will fight
on the June 7 card.


This makes
it easy since everyone is training hard now and everyone is starting to
peak.  Sparring has been intense and I’ve had to pull back a little, as to
not over train and to let a few minor injuries heal up.


I can’t
wait for this next fight!  The UFC fans just got a glimpse of the real
Nate Marquardt when I fought Horn.  I really feel I am back to my old self,
like when I used to fight in Pancrase (except twice as good, strong, and
fast).  Thales is a great fighter with a world-class ground game and I
will definitely be going for the KO.




Marquardt faces Thales Leites at UFC 85 on June 7 at the O2 Arena in London.
You can check out his personal websites at
NateMarquardt.com and myspace.com/natemarquardt. He has his own academy in
Denver called
Altitude Martial Arts
and also trains at T’s KO Fight Club in Denver and at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, N.M. Marquardt
is sponsored by
Tapout and is currently ranked as the
No. 5 middleweight fighter in the world by MMAWeekly.com.