Nate Marquardt Signs with Strikeforce

Written by Tom Ngo
February 21st, 2012

UFC Middleweight Nate Marquardt

Nate Marquardt (Pictured) has managed to find his way back to Zuffa, LLC. After getting fired from the UFC last June, the 32-year-old has now signed a contract to compete in Strikeforce.

The announcement was made on Tuesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV. No return date was reported, but Marquardt could face Tyron Woodley for the vacant welterweight crown in his comeback scrap.

“@danawhite @lorenzofertitta thanks so much for the opportunity to prove myself!! I can’t wait!!!” Marquardt tweeted moments ago. “I also want to thank my fans for their continued support.”

This past July, Marquardt inked a multi-fight deal to join British Association of Mixed Martial Arts. However, the veteran requested and was granted his release in January after BAMMA postponed his promotional debut for the second time.

Marquardt was slated to headline “UFC on Versus 4” opposite Rick Story, but was abruptly pulled from the show just minutes before the official weigh-ins because he failed to meet the medical requirements issued by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission.

Shortly after the controversy, Marquardt revealed the Testosterone Replacement Therapy he was medically prescribed triggered him to register high levels of testosterone and flunk his pre-fight medicals. It was the second time he had failed a drug test under the UFC’s watch.

Company president Dana White immediately fired Marquardt and later suggested the controversial fighter may have used TRT as a performance-enhancer.

“Nate the Great” owns a solid 31-10-2 professional record, going 10-4 inside the Octagon. After getting trounced by Yushin Okami at UFC 122 for a shot at Anderson Silva’s middleweight title, White dubbed Marquardt the ultimate “choker” which prompted his move to the welterweight class.

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