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Strikeforce Play-by-Play: Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine

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Nate Marquardt vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Round 1: Marquardt takes the center of the cage.  Saffiedine delivers an outside leg kick.  Saffiedine circles on the outside.  They exchange.  Saffiedine continues to work the legs of Marquardt.  Marquardt answers with a leg kick.  They exchange leg kicks.  Marquardt rushes in and gets caught.  He fell to his knees and Saffiedine goes on the offensive.  Saffiedine presses Marquardt against the cage.  Saffiedine delivers a kick to the body.  Marquardt answers with a leg kick.  Saffiedine delivers a hard outside leg kick.  Marquardt rushes in and they work for position along the cage.  Saffiedine lands an elbows inside the clinch.  They exchange knees to the body.  Saffiedine presses Marquardt against the cage.  They exchange knees to the body.  Marquardt turns him.  The separate.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Saffiedine.

Round 2: Marquardt inches forward.  He pumps his jab.  Saffiedine lands a leg kick.  Marquardt lands a leg kick. He eats a kick gets knocked down.  Marquardt works for a takedown and gets the trip.  They scramble.  Saffiedine gets back to his feet.  They work for position along the fence.  They exchange knees to the body.  Marquardt has Saffiedine pressed against the cage.  The referee separates them with two minutes remaining in the round.  Saffiedine lands a leg kick.  Marquart lands a right hand and Saffiedine answers with an outside leg kick.  Marquardt moves in for a takedown.  Saffiedine defends it.  They separate and exchange leg kicks.  Saffiedine counters with a right hand.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Saffiedine.

Round 3: Saffiedine misses with a spinning kick.  Marquardt counters with a right hand.  Saffiedine answers with an outside leg kick.  Marquardt moves in and misses with an overhand right.  They clinch.  Marquardt delivers a knee to the body.  They’re tied up along the cage.  They separate.  Marquardt jumps in with a flying knee that’s blocked.  Saffiedine moves forward and presses Marquardt against the cage.  Saffiedine lands a knee to the body.  Marquardt lands a right hook on the break.  Saffiedine continues to work the legs of Marquardt.  Marquardt lands a right hand.  Saffiedine answers with a counter.  Marquardt looks to have slowed.  Saffieidine is brutalizing Marquardt’s legs.  Marquardt lands a solid right hand.  Marquardt shoots for a takedown and Saffiedine sprawls.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Marquardt.

Round 4: Saffiedine comes across the cage and lands a leg kick, and another one.  Marquardt starts to move forward.  Saffiedine continues to land leg kicks.  Marquardt’s leg is purple.  Saffiedine lands a right hand.  Marquardt goes on the offensive.  He lands a right hand.  Saffiedine answers with a hard leg kick.  Marquardt moves forward but his mobility has been affected.  Saffiedine lands a knee to the body and an uppercut.  Marquardt is limping badly.  Saffiedine lands a straight right hand.  Marquardt ties him up.  They separate.  Marquardt lands a right hand.  They clinch and Saffiedine lands knees to Marquardt’s thigh.  Every time Saffiedine lands a leg kick, Marquardt’s leg buckles.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Saffiedine.

Round 5: Saffiedine lands a leg kick.  They exchange.  Saffiedine lands another leg kick, and another.  Saffiedine is picking Marquardt apart.  He presses Marquardt to the cage.  From there, he lands knees to Marquardt’s bruised leg.  Marquardt turns him.  They work for position along the cage.  Saffiedine separates.  He circles.  Marquardt lands a jab.  Saffiedine answers with a leg kick.  Saffiedine lands a solid right hand.  Marquardt looks to get the fight to the ground.  Saffiedine has none of it.  He presses Marquardt against the cage.  Saffiedine backs away.  He lands a leg kick followed by an uppercut.  They clinch and box on the inside.  Saffiedine secures a takedown late in the round.  He delivers elbows inside Marquardt’s half guard.  Saffiedine lets loose with punches in the closing seconds.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Saffiedine.

The judges score the fight for Saffiedine by unanimous decision.  The scorecards read 48-47, 49-46, and 49-46.

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  • JD

    And Nate answered questions about fighting GSP last week. He is going to get handled in UFC welterweight.