It appears Strikeforce has strayed from the norm, signing notable free agent Nate Marquardt in hopes of strengthening the organization’s roster by inking a legitimate contender with name value. Marquardt brings both experience and ability with him, jp;domg numerous wins against respected adversaries including Rousimar Palhares, Martin Kampmann, Dan Miller, and Demian Maia.

News of the 32-year old’s signing was confirmed on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight. He is expected to debut against Tyron Woodley with divisional gold on the line.

Marquardt has been out of action for nearly a year after enduring an unfortunate mixture of injuries and contractual issues. He was released by the UFC relating to his use of doctor-prescribed testosterone, essentially being banished at the time, then signed with BAMMA before parting ways with the British promotion based on the company’s overall inactivity. “Nate the Great” holds an overall record of 31-10 with 23 stoppages while only having been finished a single time himself in more than seven years.