UFC 128: Nate Marquardt Ready to Prove Himself Against Yoshihiro Akiyama

According to an interview with MMA Fighting's The MMA Hour:
"I don't really pay attention to that kind of stuff (Dana White calling me "a choker"). It's just not true of me. You have to deal with that talk crap all the time and just basically brush it off. I gotta stick to what I gotta do."

"It was definitely very disappointing to be that close (to getting another title shot) and I didn't seize the opportunity like I could have. I'm very disappointed, but at the same time, I still got a lot more time in this sport and I still believe I'm going to be the champion."

"I don't really pay attention to the criticism. I criticize myself enough. I listen to the instructions of my teammates, coaches. So I'm focused on what I gotta do to win this fight. I feel like I'm one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC and I feel like I will be able to prove that again."
Mar 19th, live on Pay-per-view from Newark, N.J.:
Nate "The Great" Marquardt (30-10-2) [Num. 4] -300
Loss Yushin Okami - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 122
Win Rousimar Palhares - TKO (Punches) UFC FN 22
Loss Chael Sonnen - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 109
Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama (13-3) [Num. 19] +250
Loss Michael Bisping - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 120
Loss Chris Leben - Submission (Triangle Choke) UFC 116
Win Alan Belcher - Decision (Split) UFC 100

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