Originally written on hov-mma  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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Nate Marquardt scored another KO inside of Portland's Rose Garden last night (photo via Strikeforce)
The Weekend in Violence makes its return as "The Week in Violence" this week due to the mid-week UFC on Fuel event. Let's go!
1. Nate Marquardt - Nate Marquardt possesses the agility, the stamina, the savviness, and the right kind of ultraviolence to enter the welterweight ranks as a legit code red threat after just one fight. Marquardt's finish of Woodley reminds us that when this guy was on the top of his game, he was a top 3 middleweight for years as part of the most important organization in the sport. Now, as a Welterweight for Strikeforce, it'll be tough to find someone who can hang with Marquardt as long as Woodley did last night.
While Woodley did drop Marquardt a couple of times himself during this scrap, it was Marquardt's memorable finale that will go down as one of the top KO's of 2012. Marquardt's motion picturesque finishing sequence went a little like this - right elbow, left elbow, another right elbow for good measure, left hook and a finishing right uppercut just for Woodley on his way down.Marquardt then walked away from his opponent, essentially calling the fight himself, an honorable move after what we saw earlier this week in San Jose with Josh Rosenthal. It was a finish almost as beautiful as Ronda Rousey's nude photo spread for ESPN the magazine earlier this week.
Weidman and our 3rd star of the week can be found after the break

2. Chris Weidman - Mr. Weidman made Ray Longo and Matt Serra a couple of very happy coaches once again this past week. Weidman is now 9-0 with his last two victories coming over two of the top guys on the UFC's roster. Earlier in the year he knocked Demian Maia out of the middleweight division on just a couple of weeks notice. This past Wednesday he knocked Mark Munoz out of title contention with a violent elbow then followed it up by politely calling out Anderson Silva. Weidman claims that with a full training camp he can not only defeat, but submit the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. I'm not going to tell him he's wrong. But with the Weidman hype machine that was flying off the rails post Munoz slowing down as the days pass it's time for a little reality check. Weidman is still at least one win away from his shot at the king. There's a company man named Michael Bisping, a marine named Brian Stann, a Barbarian named Boetsch and and bad ass named Shango who all want a piece as well. Let's not forget about "The Talent" either. Alan Belcher vs. Chris Weidman has to happen this fall, an impressive win for either fighter and a loss for Lombard will be the only way either man gets Silva next. For now, the Hofstra Division I All-American can enjoy being the up and comer with the most mma pundits hanging off his nuts since Jon Jones. And deservedly so.

3. Andrew Craig - Andrew Craig was getting dominated by Rafael "not to be confused with Nadal" Natal for the better part of two rounds in his second career UFC contest. Instead of losing a forgettable unanimous decision to earn the first defeat of his professional mixed martial arts career, Craig decided to just go ahead and knock his opponent out cold with a head kick. This knockout was of course overshadowed by Weidman's but should get replayed over and over again on an upcoming edition of Ultimate Knockouts.


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