Nate Marquardt was solid but far from spectacular in taking out Dan Miller tonight at UFC 128.
His inability to post a highlight reel finish was really more about Miller being a pest than Marquardt performing poorly. Miller ate some big rights and was just dangerous enough on the ground to keep Marquardt from going for broke. The judges gave Marquardt a unanimous decision victory, 30-27 on all three cards, in Newark, N.J.
It looked like the game plan called for Marquardt (31-10-1, 10-4 UFC) to keep the fight standing. He held his hands low throughout looking to nail Miller with right hand leads. Marquardt found a home for those rights in all three rounds and turned Miller's head on a few occasions, but the big underdog exhibited an excellent chin.
The fact that Miller (13-5, 5-4 UFC) lasted all 15 minutes against a top 10 middleweight was impressive considering he was only told last Saturday that he'd be fighting Marquardt.