While he remains one of the top dog’s in the middleweight division, perennial contender Nate Marquardt has been considering a move to the welterweight division for sometime now.
In fact, it was just before his last outing with the grizzly Dan Miller this past Saturday at UFC 128, where Nate won a unanimous decision after three-entertaining rounds of contentious action, that Marquardt had come to realize that a move to welterweight might not only be ideal, but plausable in the immediate future.
With Georges St. Pierre contemplating a potential future bout with pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva, it could clear the way for Marquardt to become an instant title contender in a thinning weight class.
After his win over one half of “The Miller Bros.” this past weekend, Nate “The Great” spoke with Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com and expressed his desires to go to the welterweight division, where most fans may or may not remember that the Greg Jackson product had originally began his career.
In fact, in his primordial years as a mixed martial artist, Marquardt had memorable bouts with future lightweight kingpin Yves Edwards and the legendary Genki Sudo, which were both contested in the welterweight class.
Thereafter, Marquardt moved up to the middleweight division where he would go on to win the prestigious King of Pancrase title not once, not twice, but seven times–a feat that has since been unaccomplished within the organization.
And while Nate has scratched at a shot at the title on several occasions, he has faltered at claiming the top spot in the division after initially failing in his bid to claim the belt at UFC 73, where he was TKO’d inside of the first-round by current champion Anderson Silva. Losses to Chael Sonnen and Yushin Okami are among the defeats that have kept the hard-hitting Marquardt from realizing his dream of becoming a UFC champion.
So, MMA peeps, what do you think of the news? Do you think with the possible move for St. Pierre to the middleweight class, that the path would be paved for Marquardt to enter into the title contention as a welterweight? Sound off in the comment section below.