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Marquardt-Woodley Vacant Strikeforce Title Fight Official

Nate Marquardt and Tyron Woodley will indeed be fighting each other for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title and they’ll be doing it this summer at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine.

The long rumored match up was announced as being official by Strikeforce broadcast team during last night’s Strikeforce: Grand Prix Finale fight card.

Marquardt (31-10-2) has not competed since March of 2011, when he took a unanimous decision over Dan Miller at UFC 128. Marquardt was infamously released from the UFC after scratching the main event of UFC on Versus 4 by showing up to fight with elevated levels of testosterone. Marquardt will be making his welterweight debut against Woodley.

Meanwhile, Woodley (10-0) has continued to pick up victories in the Strikeforce welterweight division. The wrestler-first has begun to develop into a truly well-rounded mixed martial artist during his time with Strikeforce and has picked up wins over the likes of Jordan Mein, Paul Daley and Tarec Saffiedine as a result.

Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine is scheduled to take place on July 14 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.