Strikeforce adds Nate Marquardt to welterweight division

It appears Strikeforce has strayed from the norm, signing notable free agent Nate Marquardt in hopes of strengthening the organization’s roster by inking a legitimate contender with name value. Marquardt brings both experience and ability with him, jp;domg numerous wins against respected adversaries including Rousimar Palhares, Martin Kampmann, Dan Miller, and Demian Maia.

News of the 32-year old’s signing was confirmed on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight. He is expected to debut against Tyron Woodley with divisional gold on the line.

Marquardt has been out of action for nearly a year after enduring an unfortunate mixture of injuries and contractual issues. He was released by the UFC relating to his use of doctor-prescribed testosterone, essentially being banished at the time, then signed with BAMMA before parting ways with the British promotion based on the company’s overall inactivity. “Nate the Great” holds an overall record of 31-10 with 23 stoppages while only having been finished a single time himself in more than seven years.

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7 COMMENTS
  • hindsightufuk says:

    cos he’ll be fighting so often with Strikeforce
    but then there is always the chance of getting called back to the UFC
    actually Jacare needs a fight in 10 days?

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  • Rece Rock says:

    and your new Strike Force WW champion…

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  • MCM says:

    I believe a ton of people called this when Diaz left SF.
    Rumor has it he’ll be competing at WW, but the MW division could use a shot in the arm as well.
    Good move by Zuffa as Nate was one of the biggest stars in MMA not signed by them. I also think SF could do win signing Jorge Santiago, Jay Herion (again), and Anthony Johnson if he can make weight twice in smaller shows. I know SF isn’t supposed to be a feeder league but it’s a good place for guys that are highly skilled that may have just had bad breaks in the UFC.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    I think it’s kind of a slap in the face of Woodley who had to work his ass off to get a title-shot only to see Marquardt take a year off and get one in his divisional debut. Same as it was to Rockhold. Marquardt should at least have been given a warm-up fight first against a contender.

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  • MCM says:

    Yeah, but who would Woodley face for the WW belt?
    At least Marquardt was a top 5-10 MW who’s only losses in the past 8 years have been to guys that immediately fought for the title.
    Who would you consider a “contender”?

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  • MCM says:

    * submitted too early*

    I’d agree with you in a more robust and deeper division in another org (Bellator), but SF is so gutted right now that there really is nobody else. I say winner of this fight gets the belt.

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  • Creature says:

    Glad to see Nate the Great back under the Zuffa banner, He may not be back in the UFC like i think he rightfully should, but this is a start.. I think as long as he can cut the weight properly and still keep his cardio in check he will be the new SF WW or MW champ very soon. Id agree that he may be a little undeserving of a title shot at this point in time but with the roster being so paper thin and him being a top ranked fighter i think its justified.. especially with Keith haven gotten a shot smh lol

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