During Saturday night’s “Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final” event, the organization announced Nate Marquardt (Pictured) and Tyron Woodley will battle for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title on July 14th.
Marquardt was abruptly released from the UFC after failing his “UFC on Versus 4” pre-fight medicals just minutes before the show’s official weigh-ins. “Nate the Great” immediately inked a multi-bout contract to join BAMMA, but was granted his release before competing for the up-start MMA promotion.
Strikeforce then decided to bring the 32-year-old on board in February. The veteran owns a solid 31-10-2 pro record, going 10-4 inside the Octagon.
Woodley is perfect through his first 10 professional scraps. The wrestler was last seen taking a split decision victory over Jordan Mein in January.
The welterweight crown became available after former champion Nick Diaz abandoned the belt to sign with the UFC in late 2011.
The event takes place inside Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Showtime will broadcast the main bouts at 10PM ET/PT.
Here is the card’s updated lineup:
Lorenz Larkin vs. Robbie Lawaler
Roger Gracie vs. Keith Jardine
Nate Marquardt vs. Tyron Woodley (Vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Title)
Tim Kennedy vs. Luke Rockhold (Strikeforce Middleweight Champion)