The lack of depth on Strikeforce’s roster looks to be coming into play once again with the organization’s apparent decision to award another title-shot to a competitor who has never actually fought in the related weight-class. Recent examples of similar booking include Ronda Rousey and Keith Jardine who both got a crack at a championship in their divisional debuts.

This time around the vacant welterweight belt will be on the line with unbeaten grappler Tyron Woodley taking on seasoned veteran Nate Marquardt. Though no date is confirmed it is expected the bout will take place in Portland, Oregon this July on the same card linked to Roger Gracie-Jardine and Tim Kennedy-Luke Rockhold.

MMAWeekly was first to report the match-up as being verbally agreed to by both parties.

The majority of Marquardt’s success has come at 185 pounds as a member of the UFC where he beat the likes of Demian Maia, Martin Kampmann, Dan Miller, and Rousimar Palhares. The 31-10 Marquardt has been out of action for more than a year after being cut based on an elevated level of testosterone, then signing with British promotion BAMMA despite never actually having an opportunity to fight for them.

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Woodley is 10-0 with eight of his wins coming under the Strikeforce banner. He has been on a particularly impressive run as of late with victories over Tarec Saffiedine, Paul Daley, and Jordan Mein.


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