Nate Marquardt Signs with Strikeforce

February 21, 2012
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Nathan Marquardt
Nate Marquardt is back in the Zuffa family.

Less than a year after his departure from UFC, Marquardt has signed a new deal with Strikeforce to compete in their welterweight division.

The announcement was made via UFC Tonight on Tuesday on Fuel TV.

According to the report, Marquardt has signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce and he will compete at 170 pounds in 2012.

While there was no confirmation on his debut date or opponent, current expectations are for Marquardt to meet Tyron Woodley for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title later this year.

Ironically enough, while Marquardt was released last year from his UFC contract after elevated testosterone levels kept him out of his scheduled fight at UFC on Versus 4 against Rick Story, the Colorado based fighter never actually competed in another promotion.

Marquardt was signed to the British promotion BAMMA and was expected to debut in February, but after multiple delays the fighter asked and received his release from the organization.

Now, Marquardt will return to the Zuffa family as a Strikeforce fighter and it appears he’ll be fighting for the welterweight title in his debut.

MMAWeekly.com will have more information on Marquardt’s debut date and opponent when they become available.


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  • MrAdidas

    BAHAHAHAHAHA – Outa boy Dana White! Way to look like an idiot … AGAIN!

    • afk

      i might be wrong, but didn’t dana say that he would never fight in the UFC again?

      don’t remember hearing anything about strikeforce lol.

      maybe he’ll drop to 155 and fight gilbert florian style.

      • phrankthetank

        Something tells me marquardt wouldn’t make 155

    • WhiteboyGBJJ

      Sounds like a job for Jacare.

  • Mario

    Nate should fight at 185. I’m not really excited about the whole idea of him dropping to 170.

    I’d like to see him fight Rockhold.

    Either way, it’s good to see him back :)

  • Prodigy815

    Yes way to punish the cheaters put them in Strikeforce haha.

  • MikeMc1983

    If you are not cheating, you are not trying…

  • KingSlaughter

    why is marquardt still dropping to welterweight? id rather see him fight rockhold for the middleweight title

  • fsunoles09

    good luck rockhold, and mike i agree with that to an extent but performance enhancers are for bullshit athletes that can never break past average.

  • D-rail

    Strikefarse to the rescue!!!