Nate Marquardt joins Strikeforce roster as a welterweight

It looks like Strikeforce finally has a plan in place regarding their vacant welterweight title. According to a report on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight, Nate Marquardt has been signed to fight at 170 pounds in Strikeforce and will likely make his debut later this year in a championship clash with unbeaten contender Tyron Woodley.

No specific or even general date was mentioned for the match-up.

Marquardt made a name for himself in the UFC where he even competed on the organization’s first Fight Night in 2005. He was last seen in the Octagon a little less than a year ago where he beat Dan Miller. However, Marquardt was cut a few months later after showing an elevated level of testosterone leading up to a scheduled bout. He has not fought since despite signing a deal with BAMMA.

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Among the numerous instances of notable success for Marquardt are wins over Martin Kampmann, Rousimar Palhares, Kazuo Misaki, and Demian Maia. “Nate the Great” holds an overall record of 31-10 with 23 stoppages including ten TKOs and thirteen submissions.