Longtime Greg Jackson team member Nate Marquardt is making his welterweight debut later this month at UFC Live: Marquardt vs. Story against surging new contender Rick Story.
Marquardt will be entering the 170lbs. division on the strength of a unanimous decision victory over the very tough Dan Miller. Having fought for the title at 185lbs. and been considered a perennial contender in that division, it is likely that Marquardt — like Kenny Florian at featherweight — will enter into title contention with one or two solid wins in the division.
The problem that arises there, is that fellow Greg Jackson-affiliated fighter and Marquardt’s longtime friend/training partner Georges St-Pierre currently lords over the welterweight division. Marquardt’s Grudge Training Center head trainer Trevor Wittman recently spoke with MMAMania.com about the potentially difficult situation that could arise between St-Pierre and Marquardt should “The Great” eventually earn a shot at the belt.
“Georges is at that weight and they’re great friends. I don’t know if they would fight each other if they get to that point. It’s up to them to make that decision,” said Wittman. “You know how I feel. I feel fighters should fight each other no matter whether they’re friends or not and that’s a decision they will have to make. I think everyone knows my beliefs but Nate was a wrecking force at 185 and I’m really looking forward to the Story fight that’s coming up here in two weeks so it’s gonna be great to see Nate Marquardt at 170.”
Before Marquardt can think about fighting for the welterweight belt, he’ll need to get past the fast-rising Rick Story, who is fresh off of a career-boosting win over Thiago Alves. The two men will meet on June 26 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.