Nate Marquardt replies to Dana White’s criticism, calls out Wanderlei Silva

UFC middleweight contender, Nate Marquardt has issued a statement today regarding Dana White’s comments that he’s a “choker” following his latest defeat to Yushin Okami, even going as far to call out one of the most exciting fighters in the sport of MMA, Wanderlei Silva.

Marquardt, speaking via Fighters Only Magazine, said:

“I wanted to take a moment to address several issues. First, I want to thank all of my fans for the overwhelming support I have received leading up to and following the Okami fight. I stepped into the Octagon in Germany with every intention of beating Okami and fighting for the championship. Unfortunately, I lost a hard fought decision. Yushin fought a heck of a fight, I give him a lot of credit, but the outcome of the fight is fully my responsibility, it was my fight to win.”

“After the fight and in recent days, Dana White has publicly criticized me for being a “choker” and not being aggressive enough. While Dana’s comments were difficult to hear, I firmly believe that I am one of the best fighters in the world and will one day be the UFC middleweight champion.”

“However in hindsight Dana is right – in order to live up to my full potential and realize my championship dreams I need to be more aggressive and showcase my inherent killer instinct. I need to stalk my opponents, impose my will and finish fights on a consistent basis.”

“Yesterday, [Rousimar] Palhares began telling anyone who would listen that he wants a rematch. This fight makes no sense to me. I TKO’d him at the 3:28 mark of round one – then after he lost, he tried to make excuses by saying I was greasing! These allegations were immediately discounted by the Texas athletic commission.”

“If Rousimar wants a rematch he will have to earn it, the same way that I will have to earn another title shot. Which brings me to my final point, who will I fight next.”

“In order to re-establish myself as the number one contender, my next opponent needs to be an elite fighter who will stand and bang with me in the center of the Octagon until one of us is knocked out. The fight that makes the most sense to me is Wanderlei Silva. I have a ton of respect for Wanderlei and have wanted this fight for years, the fans have wanted this fight, they deserve to see two of the best fighters in the world in an all out war.”

“Wanderlei is an amazing fighter who is very aggressive, I will pursue him with unwavering tenacity, then I will knock him out! I promise the UFC, Dana, my fans, my team, my coaches and most importantly myself that never again will there be a question about my cage aggression.”

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