by Nate Marquardt for MMAWeekly.com

This has been the hardest week of my preparation for this fight (with<br /> Thales Leites), yet

This has been the hardest week of my preparation for this
fight (with Thales Leites), yet.  Last Saturday, we drove back from our
friend’s place in Albuquerque where we stay (who happens to make fun of me for
writing these journal entries). It’s about a six-hour drive. I could
fly, but driving is cheaper considering my wife comes with me and we bring our


Sunday everyone started showing up here in Denver. 
Rashad Evans, Georges St. Pierre, Dave Louiseau and coaches Jon Chambers and Phil
Nurse. Rashad stayed at our house and we put the other guys up at a
hotel near the gym.


This week, we sparred four days in a row, two sessions of
conditioning, two sessions of mitts, one wrestling practice and two MMA
practices.  I wouldn’t normally advise anyone to spar four days in a
row because every day that you spar consecutively you get a little dumber, but
I wanted to make the most of my training with these guys in town this week. 
Friday was an easy day of grappling and more conditioning. 


I can’t wait to watch my teammates, Keith and Shane, do
their thing.  I know they will both do great!  Also, it will be
really good for me to be in that atmosphere this close to my fight.  I
will be able to visualize myself in there and it will get me pumped
up and even more excited to fight.


I have one more hard week of training before I slow down to
peak.  I am and will be ready on June 7!




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.