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UFC Fight Night 22 Live Blog: Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares

This is the UFC Fight Night 22 live blog for Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares, a middleweight bout and main event of tonight's UFC on Spike TV event from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Marquardt (29-9-2) begins his road back to title contention after losing a No. 1 contender bout to Chael Sonnen in February. Palhares (11-2) has won three straight in the UFC and has finished his last two by way of heel hook.

The live blog is below.

Herb Dean is the referee for tonight's main event.

Round 1: Palhares keeps his stance low in search of a takedown. Marquardt is keen to it, keeping his hands low and maintaining a healthy distance. Palhares shoots a takedown halfway into the round. Marquardt throws up a triangle but Palhares stays on top. Palhares sits back for a leglock and Marquardt quickly frees his leg. Palhares turns to point out and claim that Marquardt's leg was greased. Marquardt takes advantage of Palhares looking away and lands a right punch to stun Marquardt. Marquardt pounds away for the referee stoppage.

The commission and referee checked Marquardt after the fight and declared that Marquardt was clean. That ends that.

Marquardt wins by TKO (punches) - Round 1, 3:28

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