The long-rumored Nate Marquardt-Tyron Woodley match for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title seems on with the two apparently headed towards a July meeting with Portland serving as a probable home. No date has been announced but with the UFC holding events on July 7 and July 21 it seems likely the show will take place on 7/14 or 7/28.
Along with Marquardt-Woodley, submission-specialist Roger Gracie is expected to face Keith Jardine on the card in addition to the Strikeforce middleweight title being featured with champion Luke Rockhold putting his gold up for grabs against Tim Kennedy.
MMAWeekly confirmed the report with officials close Strikeforce.
Marquardt (31-10-2) was released by the UFC after having his medicals denied for a planned fight with Rick Story. He has not competed since early 2011 despite signing with BAMMA but never actually fighting for them. The fight against Woodley will mark his welterweight debut.
Woodley is a perfect 10-0 in his MMA career since a stellar run at the University of Missouri as a wrestler. He has downed such opponents as Paul Daley and Tarec Saffiedine in his Strikeforce career.
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