UFC on Versus 4: Nate Marquardt and the Top 5 Fighters in Takedown Accuracy

Joshua CareySenior Analyst IJune 20, 2011

UFC on Versus 4: Nate Marquardt and the Top 5 Fighters in Takedown Accuracy

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    PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 29:  UFC fighter Nate Marquardt (L) knocks out UFC fighter Demian Maia (R) during their Middleweight bout at UFC 102:  Couture vs. Nogueira at the Rose Garden Arena on August 29, 2009 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Gett
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    Nate "The Great" Marquardt makes his debut in the welterweight division at UFC on Versus 4 event Sunday in Pittsburgh.

    But Marquardt's success has been made in the middleweight division, where he ranks among the top five UFC fighters all-time in takedown accuracy.

    Making the list with Marquardt are two current champions and one fighter who also is scheduled to compete at UFC on Versus 4.

5. Jonathan "The Road Warrior" Goulet

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    MONTREAL- MAY 8: Jonathan Goulet (top) punches Marcus Davis in their welterweight bout at UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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    While Goulet (23-12 MMA, 4-5 UFC) didn't have the most impressive run in the UFC, he did find success with his takedown accuracy.

    During his time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Goulet defeated Kuniyoshi Hironaka, Paul Georgieff, Jay Hieron and TUF 2 veteran Luke Cummo.

    Before falling to defeat, Goulet landed takedowns on Marcus Davis (pictured) and submission specialist Dustin Hazelett.

    "The Road Warrior" is no longer in the UFC, but he currently ranks fifth at 70 percent for takedown accuracy.

4. John "Doomsday" Howard

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    UNCASVILLE, CT - MAY 16:  Nick Calandrino (Red Trunks) of the Bomb Squad battles John Howard (White Trunks) during their bout presented by the International Fighting League at the Mohegan Sun Arena May 16, 2008 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jeff
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    UFC on Versus 4 competitor John Howard (14-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC) stormed out the gate by defeating his first four opponents inside the octagon.

    Howard's 71.4 percent takedown accuracy ranks him fourth all-time.

    While he was outgunned versus Jake Ellenberger and Thiago Alves in his most recent outings, "Doomsday" remains one of the most successful takedown fighters in UFC history.

3. Jon "Bones" Jones: UFC Light Heavyweight Champion

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  (R-L) Jon Jones connects with a right punch on Jake O'Brein during their light heavyweight bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones defeated O'Brein by second round tapout.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images
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    UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones has been nothing short of dominant since entering the organization in 2008.

    His wrestling has been on full display on numerous occasions and has overwhelmed wrestling standouts Matt Hamill and Ryan Bader.

    "Bones" comes in at third all-time with 72 percent takedown accuracy.

    The light heavyweight king faces Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in his first title defense and will most likely put his takedowns to the test.

2. Nate "The Great" Marquardt

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    PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 29:  UFC fighter Nate Marquardt (L) battles UFC fighter Demian Maia (R) during their Middleweight bout at UFC 102:  Couture vs. Nogueira at the Rose Garden Arena on August 29, 2009 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty I
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    The UFC on Versus 4 headliner is known for his knockout power and for good reason, as he's knocked out Demian Maia and Wilson Gouveia to merely name a few.

    However, it's Marquardt's takedowns may be his most successful weapon, as he ranks second in UFC history with 72.9 percent takedown accuracy.

    After 43 professional fights, Marquardt (31-10-2 MMA, 10-4 UFC) makes his welterweight debut against Rick Story. He'll face one of the division's most aggressive grapplers.

    Will a drop to welterweight boost Marquardt's takedown accuracy? Only time will tell.

1. Georges St. Pierre: UFC Welterweight Champion

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  (Top) Georges St. Pierre battles Thiago Alves during their welterweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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    St. Pierre (22-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) has dominated opponents for seven years with his ability to dictate fights with his wrestling.

    Victories over Thiago Alves (UFC 100) and Dan Hardy (UFC 111) were major boosts in St. Pierre's takedown accuracy.

    The welterweight champion ranks No. 1 all-time with 77.3 takedown accuracy.

    "Rush" has cleaned out the welterweight division and will now face Nick Diaz at UFC 137 in October.

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