Brad Tavares stopped a two-fight losing skid in a rather slow and uneventful fight against former middleweight title contender Nate Marquardt.
It was a rather bizarre performance from Marquardt on the heels of his blistering return to the middleweight division last year. Marquardt looked largely listless throughout much of the fight, tossing out a leg kick or single punch without offering any kind of combination.
Tavares wasn’t much more aggressive but did manage to step forward and put together a few hard strikes as well as some leg kicks that damaged Marquardt’s lead leg.
The crowd in Las Vegas was restless during most of this three-round matchup, but the noise didn’t seem to encourage Tavares or Marquardt to turn up the heat.
By the final minute of the third round, both fighters were content exchanging leg kicks and posturing in front of each other as the clock ran down to zero.
The judges returned a shutout decision for Tavares, with 30-27 scores across the board.
Tavares gets a much-needed win after losing his past two fights while Marquardt has to go back to the drawing board wondering what’s next after stumbling in just his second fight back at middleweight.