Vitor Belfort has been fighting in the cage since 1996; Nate Marquardt has been doing it since 1999. To say these guys have done it all, seen it all and been it all is an understatement. Therefore, it is only fitting that these two old men face each other. I mean, it should be Belfort’s last fight. Can Marquardt’s swan song be that far behind?
It takes of minute of them sizing each other up before Marquardt commits to a trip, but when he gets his opponent down he settles into Belfort’s guard and chips away with forearms. Curiously, the ref stands them up – I guess the script calls for Belfort to win? I don’t know. What I do know is this allows Belfort to earn back some of those points with explosive kicks and punches that has Marquardt backing up. Not much happens after that, and the horns sounds with me still wondering if the referee will permit any grappling.
A minute and a half into the second sees Belfort stun Marquardt with well-placed punches and open up a can of “whoop-ass” with a flurry, but the American keeps his wits about him, and they go back to pecking at each other with single strikes. Slowly, Marquardt begins to land more, and again the horn sounds with me wondering.
For three painful minutes in the third, Belfort does nothing but wait for the kill shot to present itself, while Marquardt feints and dances and does anything he can to keep his opponent guessing. Belfort does crank it up a notch in the final two minutes, bloodying Marquardt with rights and a still-fast kick. Is it enough?
Results: Vitor Belfort def. Nate Marquardt via Unanimous Decision