Marquardt tells Hardy to stop complaining

ESPN staff
September 10, 2010

Dan Hardy has been told by Nate Marquardt to stop complaining about the current dominance of wrestlers in MMA.

Hardy recently expressed his frustration after watching Rough House team-mate Andre Winner drop a decision to Nik Lentz at UFC 118. Lentz utilised his superior grappling background to kill the fight, drawing boos from the Boston crowd.

The criticism from Hardy was by no means aimed at all wrestlers, with the Outlaw admitting that he had been beaten by the better man when he faced Georges St-Pierre in his last outing. However, he is adamant that fighters should be made to work on the ground, not merely rewarded for what Hardy calls 'avoiding a fight'.

Marquardt, who takes on Rousimar Palhares in next week's Ultimate Fight Night main event, is also coming off a one-sided loss to Chael Sonnen. Back at UFC 109 Sonnen put Marquardt on his back for three rounds, and the middleweight contender insists it is a conundrum for strikers to work out, not complain about.

"Wrestling is a big part of MMA," Marquardt is quoted as saying by ProMMAnow.com. "You shouldn't complain about it, you should learn to defend it.

"One minute it's the strikers that are dominating the sport, another minute it's the wrestlers."

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