UFC 128 Fight Card Primer: Nate Marquardt vs. Dan Miller

Marquardt vs. D. Miller, photo via UFC.com

Former welterweight title challenger Nate Marquardt (30-10-2, 9-4 UFC) battles the always tough Dan Miller (13-4, 5-3 UFC) on the main card of UFC 128. The bout will be shown as part of the pay-per-view broadcast.

How do these guys stack up?

Marquardt: 31 years old, 6'0", 74" reach
Miller: 29 years old, 6'0", 74" reach

What have they done lately?

Marquardt: L Yushin Okami (DEC), W Rousimar Palhares (TKO), L Chael Sonnen (DEC)
Miller: W Joe Doerksen (DEC), W John Salter (SUB), L Michael Bisping (DEC)

How did these guys get here?

Nate Marquardt is a former multiple time King of Pancrase middleweight champion. His success in Japan eventually landed him in the UFC where he was able to win four straight fights and earn a middleweight championship fight against Anderson Silva. Silva won the fight with strikes before the end of the first round. He came back with a win over Jeremy Horn. A decision loss to Thales Leites followed as a result of Marquardt being deducted multiple points. A three fight win streak was capped with a 21 second KO of Demian Maia. Unfortunately for Marquardt, his trip back to a title shot was cut off after Chael Sonnen dominated him for three rounds at UFC 109. Nate was able to taste victory once again by defeating Rousimar Palhares in the main event of a UFC Fight Night and was put into another title eliminator which he lost by decision to Yushin Okami.

Dan Miller is the older brother of Jim Miller who also fights on the UFC 128 card. Miller made a name for himself with impressive performances in the IFL, including one of the most incredible guillotine chokes in the history of the sport:

Miller won his first three UFC bouts before being put against three consecutive top ten fighters. Miller lost to Chael Sonnen, Demian Maia and Michael Bisping. He has a new win streak going with wins over John Salter and Joe Doerksen. Originally Dan was to face Nick Catone before Yoshihiro Akiyama pulled out of his bout with Marquardt due to the situation in Japan. Miller jumped at the opportunity to face yet another top ten fighter.

Why should you care?

This is an interesting fight on paper. Miller has skills that could make things hard on Marquardt but Nate could keep the string of losses against top 10 fighters going for Dan.

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