Strikeforce Results: Nate Marquardt Captures Welterweight Title with Brutal Knockout

July 15, 2012
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Nate Marquardt Dan Miller UFC 128After being out of the cage for the better part of a year and a half, Nate Marquardt returned in successful fashion on Saturday night, winning the vacant welterweight championship at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy in Portland, Ore.

Tyrone Woodley didn’t make it easy for Marquardt, however, opening the fight showing blazing hand speed. He rocked Marquardt with a right hand behind the ear, putting him on the mat early. Marquardt eventually worked his way back to his feet, quickly recovering and taking over the fight.

It wasn’t a one-sided fight by any means, but after the initial scare, Marquardt took control, getting the better of Woodley in most of their striking exchanges due to a wider variety of strikes and better timing.

Marquardt was extremely aggressive in the second round, chopping at Woodley’s legs with powerful low kicks that would slow him later in the fight.

Woodley wasn’t done though, dropping Marquardt again in the third round. He followed with strong ground and pound, but Marquardt used his savvy to remain calm and tied Woodley up, forcing a restart on the feet.

Things went south quickly for Woodley in round four, however. Marquardt backed him up against the fence and brought about a fast finish, unleashing a three-part series of cutting elbows followed by left and right uppercuts, knocking Woodley out, securing the Strikeforce welterweight title.

“T-Wood is a tough dude man,” remarked Marquardt after the fight, showing a ton of respect for his opponent. “T-Wood you have a family like I do man, you’re a champion every day.”

He reiterated much the same sentiment about himself when asked about becoming the champion.

“Like I said, I have a wife and kids, I’m a champion every day.”

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  • BlackDog2009

    Man what a great fight! Tyron Woodley has nothing to be ashamed of, he put up a fight. He’s a young lion, with so much potential, undefeated until now I hope he comes back strong! As for Marquardt, he’s still got it, he got heavy hands and the knockout was pure highlight reel!! Hope he makes a great Strikeforce welterweight champ!!

    • ifighterc

      One of the best combinations Ive seen in MMA in a longtime

  • Anthony

    That was the best fight all night easily–im thinkin as fast as he won title, they are going to usher him back in the UFC–id luv to see him in there against the likes of Condit, Diaz, Kampman or GSP. This guys a top 5 fighter easy–put him back in the UFC and lets see where he fits in the pecking order against the best in the world–Woodley put on a great fight as well–im all smiles after that one

  • maddawgmar

    This guy still has the talent to be top ten at WW even top five. Now he is the bigger and stronger fighter he is a force at 170. And he looked fresh not gassed at all. Great fight

  • dgs

    “This guys a top 5 fighter easy–put him back in the UFC and lets see where he fits in the pecking order against the best in the world”

    I totally agree with this comment. He was great at 185, but Nate is a force of nature at 170.

  • insane187288

    We are all missing the point. Kicked out due to cheating. May be a great fighter but I can cheat to win too. everyone just brushes off the fact he blew his dream due to a hardon… come on now guys get over the show and be a real fan and enjoy the real fight. the real fight not the fake cheating fight.

  • somecokehead

    lol… don’t hate the player, hate the game.

  • RubeKegal

    I’d actually like to see a Kos/Nate fight, that would be fun.