A middleweight bout between Nate Marquardt and Tamdan McCrory served as the featured fight of the UFC Fight Night 96 Fight Pass prelims in Portland, Oregon.
Round one begins and McCrory lands a leg kick to start. Nate responds with a hard leg kick of his own. Tamdan goes upstairs with a high kick. Both fighters exchange low kicks. Nate follows up with another nice outside leg kick. McCrory presses forward and pumps his jab. Nate circles away and then shoots in and lands a takedown. Tamdan attempts a guillotine choke but it is not there and he is forced to let go. Marquardt begins working from full guard. Tamdan is searching for a triangle choke but Nate is able to escape the submission attempt and moves to side control. McCrory scrambles and gets right back to full guard position. He is utilizing a rubber guard which is preventing Nate from landing any strikes. Marquardt finally lands an elbow as round one comes to an end.
Round two begins and Tamdan lands a leg kick. Nate connects with a jab to the body of McCrory. Marquardt comes forward and lands a right hand. Tamdan fires back with a kick to the body. Nate scores with a front kick to the body. Nate lands a jab to the body. McCrory presses forward and lands a nice combination. He presses Nate against the fence. Marquardt is able to switch the position and score a trip takedown. Marquardt begins working some short shots from full guard. McCrory does an excellent job of keeping Nate from doing any real damage and the referee decides to stand them up. Nate presses forward and lands a right hand that rocks Tamdam. Marquardt follows up with a high kick and McCrory crashes to the canvas. This one is all over.