Dana White has had a change of heart about Nate Marquardt. Well, sorta. Marquardt is officially back in the Zuffa fold, just not in the UFC.
Ariel Helwani reported earlier this evening on FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight that Marquardt has signed with Strikeforce to compete in their welterweight division. The news was confirmed by Dana White. Shortly after the announcement, Marquardt thanked Dana and Lorenzo Fertitta for giving him another chance.
Marquardt signed with the UK BAMMA organization shortly after his controversial UFC firing, but eventually got his release after his first two fights were delayed. Marquardt hasn’t fought since he defeated Dan Miller at UFC 128 nearly a year ago.
Marquardt’s signing will undoubtedly beef up Strikeforce’s welterweight roster that includes the likes of Paul Daley, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, Tyron Woodley, Tarec Saffiedine, Kazou Misaki and Roger Bowling. Interestingly, Daley just recently proclaimed that he would have the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title belt over his shoulder in six months time. Unfortunately for him, his competition for that title just got much stiffer.
Update: It looks like Nate Marquardt’s first opponent in Strikeforce is going to be Tyron Woodley.
Additional MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) sources indicated that Marquardt (31-10-2 MMA, 0-0 SF) will likely make his Strikeforce debut as a welterweight against contender Tyron Woodley (10-0 MMA, 8-0 SF). Verbal agreements are in place for the matchup, though a date has yet to be set.