With Strikeforce’s final show only four days away, Nate Marquardt (32-10-2) is ready to make a splash for the UFC. The Strikeforce welterweight champion is open to fighting anybody, including training partner Georges St-Pierre (23-2).
“Obviously, I’d rather not fight Georges,” said Marquardt to MMA Fighting. “He’s my friend and training partner for a long time now. I’m not in a position to turn down a fight, so I’m not turning down any fights.”
Marquardt looks at the UFC 158 lineup, which has three confirmed welterweight fights, and would take on all of those names. That show includes St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz for the welterweight championship, Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald and Johny Hendricks vs. Jake Ellenberger.
Marquardt fought out of the UFC from 2006 to 2011 until he was released due an issue about TRT usage. He has seemingly resolved that issue.
Before Marquardt can think about who he wants to fight in his UFC return, he must first get past Tarec Saffiedine (13-3). They will headline the final Strikeforce show on January 12. That takes place from the Chesapeake Energy Arena City from Oklahoma City, OK. Showtime will air the fight and FightLine will have coverage from the event.