MMA vet and longtime UFC middleweight staple Nate Marquardt is preparing to make his welterweight debut this coming Sunday against surging prospect Rick Story.
Despite being perennially considered to be one of the world’s top middleweights, Marquardt decided to make the drop at the urging of his friend and teammate Georges St-Pierre (who also happens to be the UFC welterweight champ) and found that his overall feeling and performance skyrocketed with a slightly lighter frame.
Maintaining that, in terms of fighting his friend for the title, he’ll cross that bridge when he gets there, Marquardt already has it in his mind to prove quickly that he is the best welterweight in the UFC.
As he recently told MMAWeekly.com: “I feel like it doesn’t matter who I’m fighting, my strength is always going to be an advantage. I train with heavyweights and they tell me I feel strong, so I know strength isn’t going to be an issue ever for me. It’s always going to be an advantage, even if the guy I’m fighting is strong, which I know Rick is strong. But, I’m not worried about strength, I’m worried about size. I’m going into this fight and into this division with the mindset of, ‘I’m the best fighter and I’m going to prove it.'”
Marquardt will get his chance to prove that he’s the best when he takes on Story at UFC Live this Sunday at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.