Nate Marquardt vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128 in Newark, New Jersey

Former UFC middleweight title contender, Nate Marquardt and Japanese superstar, Yoshihiro Akiyama will now meet at UFC 128 in Newark, New Jersey on March 19th, 2011. Marquardt will be stepping in for the recently suspended Chael Sonnen.

Marquardt lost to the man he replaces that night, Chael Sonnen and middleweight contender, Yushin Okami in his last three fights. His sole win during that period came against Rousimar Palhares in controversial fashion.

Akiyama could be shown the door if he comes up short in this one after suffering back to back losses to Chris Lebben and Michael Bisping inside the octagon. Prior to that he’d pulled off a rather unconvincing split decision win over Alan Belcher in his UFC debut.

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