When Nate Marquardt was released by Zuffa following an issue with his testosterone levels prior to a fight with Rick Story, it seemed unlikely that he would be given another shot.

Well, as is starting to become the norm around MMA, there is second chances handed out.

Marquardt signed with Strikeforce earlier this year, and most believe he’ll be facing Tyron Woodley for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title. The bout was made in February, but so far, nothing has been confirmed about the status of the title.

“It’s the best outcome I could have imagined,” said Marquardt, during a recent appearance on Inside MMA. “Back with Zuffa. Back in a title fight for my first fight back, it’s amazing. From what I understand, that’s who I’ll be fighting is Tyron Woodley. I also understand it’s gonna be a five-round title fight for the 170-pound title.”

The fight is scheduled to happen on May 19 along with a title defense by Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez and the finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier.

Marquardt brings a solid resume to Strikeforce, and really helps anchor the welterweight division as long as he can remain clear of the law. “The Great” should have enough experience to hold off the young lion that is Woodley in their upcoming collision.

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