Nate Marquardt (Pictured) made his Strikeforce debut in spectacular fashion on Saturday night. The former UFC star ended his 16-month hiatus by putting Tyron Woodley to sleep in the 4thRound of their shootout.
Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon hosted the festivities.
Favorite (-) Underdog (+)
Nate Marquardt -135
Tyron Woodley +105
Marquardt vs. Kennedy Play-by-Play:
1stRound: Woodley wobbles him with a vicious overhand right and immediately tries to follow up with a takedown. Marquardt drops him with a right of his own. He goes for a guillotine choke, but Woodley manages to escape. They each had a knockdown in the round, though Marquardt controlled more of the action.
2ndRound: Woodley is clearly not as confident in his standup as he was prior to getting floored. Just as I type that, he lands a spinning back-fist. Marquardt continues to dictate the fight by controlling the center of the hexagon. Marquardt lands a spinning back-kick to the midsection. He follows up with a straight right and trips Woodley to the ground. Woodley gets back up and tags him with a right.
3rdRound: Woodley comes out like a house on fire and unloads bombs on his opponent. He drops Marquardt with a big right and pounces. He’s bringing the pain on the mat. Marquardt attempts an armbar from off his back to no avail. Although Woodley was active with his assault, the referee stands them up.
4thRound: Marquardt starts things off with a straight right hand. He follows up with an unanswered three-punch combo. Marquardt is laying the lumber against the fence and puts Woodley down for good with a nasty uppercut. Game. Set. Match, Marquardt.
Nate Marquardt Defeated Tyron Woodley via KO (Strikes) at 1:39 in the 4thRound (Marquardt captures vacant Strikeforce welterweight title)