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Strikeforce champ Nate Marquardt linked to January title-defense against Tarec Saffiedine

After turning in an impressive performance against Tyrone Woodley in his welterweight debut, Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt appears to have an opponent locked in for his first defense of the belt. Though not officially announced, Marquardt’s name has come up in connection with a January 12 tilt against Tarec Saffiedine.

The match-up would mark the second title-fight attached to the card, as a middleweight meeting between Luke Rockhold-Lorenz Larkin has also been reported. Strikeforce is expected to add at least one more championship clash in the immediate future as well given past statements from CEO Scott Coker. No location has been named for the lineup.

MMAFighting was first to reveal the potential Marquardt-Saffiedine scrap.

Marquardt holds an overall record of 32-10-2 and has come out with his hand raised the last two times he’s fought, adding to past wins over adversaries including Martin Kampmann, Dan Miller, and Demian Maia.

Comparably, the 13-3 Saffiedine is on a three-fight winning streak at the moment with all of the victories coming by way of decision. Adding intrigue, Saffiedine has never been stopped in his career while Marquardt has finished 24 of the 32 opponents he’s beaten.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC/STRIKEFORCE