Longtime middleweight contender Nate Marquardt is currently preparing to make his debut as a welterweight at UFC Live: Marquardt vs. Story, where he’ll take on surging contender Rick Story.
Having lost in one title fight against middleweight champ Anderson Silva and two title eliminator bouts against Chael Sonnen and Yushin Okami, Marquardt opted to try out his chances at making a run for the title in the 170lbs. weight class.
But, as he recently explained on a media conference call in promotion for his impending fight with Story (props to MMAMania.com), he plans to stay competing at welterweight as a result of the vigor he feels sporting a lighter frame.
“The way I’m looking at it is this is a permanent division move. A lot of people were asking about a fight with Bisping, that kinda stuff I would consider but at the same time I’m gonna stay. I’m gonna keep my weight where it’s at right now, I’m not gonna to try to bulk back up. I feel way better at this weight now. I feel my cardio is excellent. I feel 100% and I can train 100% every day. I just feel like an animal so I see this as a permanent move.”
UFC Live: Marquardt vs. Story goes down this June 26 at the Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.