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Strikeforce champ Nate Marquardt linked to January title-defense against Tarec Saffiedine

After turning in an impressive performance against Tyrone Woodley in his welterweight debut, Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt appears to have an opponent locked in for his first defense of the belt. Though not officially announced, Marquardt’s name has come up in connection with a January 12 tilt against Tarec Saffiedine.

The match-up would mark the second title-fight attached to the card, as a middleweight meeting between Luke Rockhold-Lorenz Larkin has also been reported. Strikeforce is expected to add at least one more championship clash in the immediate future as well given past statements from CEO Scott Coker. No location has been named for the lineup.

MMAFighting was first to reveal the potential Marquardt-Saffiedine scrap.

Marquardt holds an overall record of 32-10-2 and has come out with his hand raised the last two times he’s fought, adding to past wins over adversaries including Martin Kampmann, Dan Miller, and Demian Maia.

Comparably, the 13-3 Saffiedine is on a three-fight winning streak at the moment with all of the victories coming by way of decision. Adding intrigue, Saffiedine has never been stopped in his career while Marquardt has finished 24 of the 32 opponents he’s beaten.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    Should be a pretty good fight as Tarec is a very well rounded fighter and a very good striker, but Nate is just a bit better at everything ( except MAYBE striking) and should be able to take this one.

  • Creature says:

    I think Marquardt is an absolute monster at 170. I think he will be the first to stop tarec.

  • Starforsaken says:

    I’m truly torn apart. Even though I really liked the welterweight Marquardt fighting at Strikeforce, I’d really love to see him back to the UFC, where he shouldn’t ever have left.

    Hmm, I wonder if Strikeforce will manage to put a fine card until then.

    And I agree that he’ll tear Saffiedine a brand new one.

  • raker says:

    Agreed! Nate is a monster at WW… Hell, he was a really good MW. Should have never been cut by the UFC. Makes you wonder how guys like Sonnen, Forrest, etc can keep their jobs yet a guy like Marquardt gets cut. Not like he pulled a Daley.

  • MCM says:

    He got the boot for the UFC because he cost them a main event at the last minute. Dana has since softened his stance on fighters costing him main events, and now just takes away their title shots.

    I also think this is gonna be SF’s final card so Nate the Great will be back in the UFC after he beats Tarec.


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