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Nate Marquardt Signs With Strikeforce, Match With Tyron Woodley in the Works

(Snot rocket, five points.)

Eight months after being fired by the UFC for elevated testosterone levels before a scheduled match with Rick Story, Nate Marquardt is back under the Zuffa umbrella. The former UFC middleweight contender has signed with Strikeforce, where he is expected to make his long-delayed welterweight debut later this year. UFC president Dana White confirmed the news on last night’s edition of UFC Tonight on FUEL.

MMA Junkie adds that Marquardt’s first opponent in Strikeforce could be undefeated (though occasionally boring) 170-pound contender Tyron Woodley, who holds victories over Jordan Mein, Paul Daley, and Andre Galvao; verbal agreements are reportedly in place for the matchup. With the Strikeforce welterweight title still vacant, a Marquardt vs. Woodley match could have great significance to the promotion. Could this be Nate’s first step back to the Octagon? Or does Woodley pull a Chael and out-wrestle Marquardt for three rounds?

Before signing with Strikeforce, Marquardt spent a fruitless six months signed to BAMMA, where his debut was postponed twice, leading Marquardt to part ways with the company in January. His last fight was a unanimous decision victory over Dan Miller at UFC 128 last March.

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Lesnarischamp- February 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm
it's about time they signed some ex-UFC guys for SF.
kellyman- February 22, 2012 at 11:49 am
bootystar, you see the world differently than most.
bootystar- February 22, 2012 at 8:54 am
damn, I wonder how much disease is getting spready by all that blood in the ring. taking punches in it & trying to finish it off with each other. taking needles & getting disease from derty brands. Sick
Ricardo Guitardo- February 22, 2012 at 8:49 am
Strikeforce must be more forgiving with their drug testing.
Fletch the V Stretch- February 22, 2012 at 8:02 am
I used to be a fan of Nate the Great. However, after seeing him rise to brink of a title shot like 3 times and then come out and get rag dolled in his #1 contender matchup I started to lose interest. Oh well, maybe he can make a splash in Strikeforce and spice things up.
ExpectJesusBro- February 22, 2012 at 5:58 am
Damn one year layoffs... wonder if homie signed up for the unemployment line? or do sponsers count as employment?