Nate Marquardt didn't plan to win the way he did today in the main event of UFC Fight Night 43, but he's likely not disappointed in his first round arm bar submission victory over James Te Huna. Marquardt scored first in the fight with a knee to the head that dropped Te Huna to the canvas.
The tough New Zealander sprang back up and attempted to take Marquardt down but the former King of Pancrase reversed and got top position, landing in Te Huna's guard. Marquardt then began to land strikes from inside the guard that cut Te Huna, and worked to pass.
Te Huna managed to hustle back to his feet, back Marquardt against the fence and land some solid strikes from inside before getting tripped by the former middleweight title challenger. Marquardt landed right in the mount on Te Huna and the home town fighter gave up his back in attempt to escape.
However, Te Huna also gave up his left arm in the process, which Marquardt expertly snatched and forced a submission from his opponent with. “An armbar was not part of my plan. It just sort of happened,” Marquardt said in his post fight interview.
Earlier on the UFC Fight Night 43 card, Jared Rosholt won a decision over Soa Palelei and Charles Oliveira submitted Hatsu Hioki with a guillotine choke in the second round.