After a year off and being released from the UFC, former contender Nate Marquardt finally made his Welterweight debut. He entered the 170 lb. division with a 4th round knockout of then undefeated Tyron Woodley to earn the Strikeforce welterweight championship.
Now just days before his first title defense, Marquardt is eying the top three fights on the UFC 158 card for his UFC re-debut. In an interview on MMA Fighting, Nate "The Great" told Ariel Helwani who he wants to face if he's able to get a win on Saturday:
Honestly man, any one of those welterweights on that [UFC 158] card - that card is stacked - any one of those six. Actually any one of those three that win. That's who I want to fight.
Obviously I'd rather not fight Georges. He's my friend and training partner for a long time now. But, like I said before, I'm not in a position to turn down a fight. I'd rather not fight him, but I'm not gonna turn down any fights.
Considering that he left the UFC scorned by the company's president Dana White, this is the perfect attitude for Marquardt to embrace. It's not secret that one of White's biggest pet peeves is fighters turning down fights.
Before he gets a shot at any of the UFC 158 competitors, Marquardt will need to defeat Tarec Saffiedine in the headlining fight of Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine. The promotion's final event will go down Saturday, January 12 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK.