by Nate Marquardt for MMAWeekly.com

I am now at the end of my fourth week out from my fight with Thales<br /> Leites

I am now at
the end of my fourth week out from my fight with Thales Leites.  This week was very different for
me.  Last Saturday, we had a very
tough practice.  I ended up getting
a minor strain in my back, which is somewhat common for me to get a couple
times a year.


In the past,
when I was younger, I would have trained right through it and made the injury
worse.  I followed the advice of my
close friend, Dr. Chad, and took three days off while taking anti-inflammatory
medicine.  Well, not completely
off… I did some interval sprints on the Airdyne bike and some strength work
as my strength/conditioning coach, Jon Chambers, had me do.


I got back
to sparring on Wednesday and had two days of good sparring.  Now, I am rested and fully recovered
and ready to go for another hard day of training.  We will do five or six rounds of sparring at fight


I am still
working here in Albuquerque with the likes of Greg Jackson, Mike Winklejohn,
Mike Van Arsdale, Rashad Evans, Keith Jardine, and Joey Villasenor.  Next week I will be back in Denver
training with my boxing coach, Trevor Wittman (T of T’s KO).


Also on
Sunday, Rashad Evans, Georges St. Pierre, Dave Loiseau, and Jon Chambers will
fly in.  Hopefully we will get to
work with some of T’s boxers like Verno Phillips, Manny Perez and DeAndrey
Abron, as well as some high level wrestlers like Keith Wilson and Leister


To be the
best, you have to train with the best and that is what I am doing.  I am so thankful to have all these guys
to train with and to coach me!


On another
note, my personal website,
NateMarquardt.com, is very close to being finished
and you can check out what the front page looks like.  I gotta get to bed now so I am fully charged for the
training tomorrow!  Good night.




Nate 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.