Strikeforce welterweight champ Nate Marquardt is one of the most soft-spoken, humble fighters in Mixed Martial Arts. He’s also one of the most talented, possessing a well-rounded set of skills leading him to past victories over a number of notable opponents including Demian Maia, Rousimar Palhares, and Martin Kampmann.

However, Marquardt’s rise to the relative top wasn’t an overnight process and is a true success story in the sense he endured both emotional and physical abuse as a child. It’s a tale Marquardt has rarely told but shared for a feature from Showtime promoting his January 12 tilt against Tarec Saffiedine.

Check out the video below:

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