Nate Marquardt made a perfect entrance into Strikeforce, knocking out Tyron Woodley and claiming the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title Saturday night in the co-main event of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy. The bout was stopped in the fourth after Marquardt dropped Woodley with a series of elbows and a huge uppercut.
“This is a dream come true,” Marquardt said. “But I go home to my family and kids every day and I’m the champ.”
Marquardt was efficient, connecting on 77 of 102 strikes and 32 of 39 leg kicks. He had a little trouble with Woodley in the third, but came right out and rocked the previously-undefeated former NCAA wrestling standout early in the fourth.
“‘T-Wood’ is one tough dude,” Marquardt said. “A lot more game than I thought. Keep your head up, ‘T-Wood.'”
Marquardt had not competed in well over a year after being released by the UFC. He signed with BAMMA in England, but never competed for the promotion.