Nate Marquardt (32-11-2) walked into the final Strikeforce show as welterweight champion, but the night didn’t end as he hoped as he dropped a decision loss to Tarec Saffiedine (14-3). Despite not leaving as champion, Marquardt still thinks he will return to the UFC ranks.
“I’m definitely headed to the UFC,” said Marquardt. “I know I’m going to do great at 170 in the UFC. This is one step back for me, but at the same time I’m excited about what’s next. I’m very disappointed.”
Saffiedine used leg kicks throughout the fight to secure the unanimous decision win. It was scored 48-47, 49-46 and 49-46 by the judges.
Before debuting for Strikeforce in 2012, Marquardt competed in the UFC for six years. He challenged unsuccessfully for their middleweight title and was released after testing with elevated levels of testosterone. Following the release he competed twice for Strikeforce, including last night’s title loss.
There has been no final word from the UFC if Marquardt will be resigned.