Found January 05, 2013 on The Flying Knee MMA:
Nate “The Great” Marquardt has had a turbulent last couple of years, both professionally and personally. Prior to his main event welterweight match-up with Rick Story, Nate was removed from the bout due to failing his pre-fight physical and testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone. The incident, not being the first in Nate’s career, was enough to warrant his release according to UFC President Dana White.  Approximately a year later, Marquardt would sign with ZUFFA-owned Strikeforce and challenge for their vacant welterweight title, where he would defeat touted wrestler Tyron Woodley. Nate dominated the fight for the better part of fifteen minutes before finishing Woodley off with vicious strikes in the fourth round. The win signalled a sort of rebirth for the exiled former middleweight contender, who looked like he had found a new home at 170lbs. “Definitely when I won the Strikeforce title, that was like redemption for me,” Marquardt explained to members ...

‘Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine’ Fight Card Finalized

The 11-fight roster for Strikeforce’s finale is all set. “Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine” was supposed to feature three title tilts, but quickly shrunk to one courtesy of the injury bug. Lightweight king Gilbert Melendez and middleweight champ Luke Rockhold were both forced to withdraw from their respective scraps. A welterweight championship affair between Nate Marquardt...
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