predicted that the fight would go to the ground rather quickly, since Palhares is extremely strong and muscular, so he would have no problem taking Nate down. Once there, though, despite Palhares' extremely strong BJJ skills, I thought Nate's many years experience would win the day and he'd get a reversal, and knock out Palhres with his patented ground and pound.
GOT IT RIGHT
Well, I hit it right on the button, it seems. What did surprise me was how hesitant Palhares was in taking that shot to take Nate down. It he seems he was respecting Marquardt's stand up way too much, causing a sort of lull in the first two minutes of the match. Palhares maintained a low stance all throughout, ready to shoot at his chosen opportunity. Likewise, Marquardt's hands were kept to low to defend against any takedown attempts.
Palhares bursts out a minute and a half into the fight with some straight punch combinations, and though he didn't land anything, he was successful enough to send Marquardt agai8nst the cage and take him down with a single leg from there.
On the ground, Palhares assumes a North South position and Marquardt actually attempts to lock on a Triangle Choke from the bottom. Palhares easily gets out of it, however, and goes for a North South Choke. Marquardt escapes and as he does, Palhares curiously hesitates, allowing Marquardt to smash him to bits and finish the fight with his patented ground and pound.
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