NEWARK - For those wondering what has happened to Nate Marquardt recently, perhaps we can wonder no more - or maybe just a little less.
Marquardt showed a good mix of striking, from punches to kicks to flying knees, in a decisive victory over Dan MIller at UFC 128 at the Prudential Center. He looked crisp and efficient with his standup en route to the unanimous decision. All three judges scored it 30-27.
Marquardt (34-10-2) had a lot to prove in this fight. He lost two of his previous three fights by significant margins and only beat Rousimar Palhares because he looked away at the referee to suggest Marquardt was a bit too oiled up.
Miller (13-5) never had a change to work much jiu-jitsu save for one moment late in the second round. He was taken down by Marquardt and turned into a fairly deep guillotine choke. Marquardt was able to stay patient and slip out of it shortly thereafter.
Marquardt was originally scheduled to fight Yoshihiro Akiyama, but after the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, Akiyama stayed home. Miller then moved up to the main card and left Nick Catone to fight last-minute replacement Costa Philippou.Watch UFC 128 live stream of post-fight press conference at 1 a.m.