With Dan Henderson’s talks with the UFC at an apparent stand-still and Vitor Belfort being earmarked as Anderson Silva’s next opponent, the other top contender in the middleweight division who has been left in limbo is Nate Marquardt.

After knocking out the highly touted submission specialist Demian Maia in just 21 seconds in his last visit to the octagon, Nate Marquardt may have reason to feel that he has earned a title shot.

It appears that the UFC have other ideas, and are instead lining up Chael Sonnen as his next opponent.

Sonnen also impressed in his last outing at UFC 104 where he showed well rounded skills against Yushin Okami en-route to a unanimous decision victory.  Okami had been defeated only once in his previous eight UFC appearances.

According to sportnet.ca both fighters have been sent the bout agreement which is being lined up for the UFC’s first event in Australia at UFC 110.

Already confirmed for that card is Wanderlei Silva Vs Yoshihiro Akiyama, as well as rumored match-ups such as Mirko Cro Cop Vs Ben Rothwell and Stephan Bonnar Vs Krzysztof Soszynski.

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