UFC New Zealand: Marquardt says God wanted him to return to Middleweight

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

After a four fight run in the welterweight division, Marquardt says God wanted him to head back to 185 lbs. He'll face off against James Te Huna next week at UFC Fight Night: New Zealand.

Following an inglorious dismissal from the Zuffa umbrella, Nate Marquardt finally returned to the UFC in 2013. Since then he's given up back to back losses and is now on a three-fight losing streak. Most recently he was separated from consciousness by Hector Lombard at UFC 166.

Scheduled to make his next appearance against James Te Huna on Saturday, Marquardt explained his decision to return to the Middleweight division to MMA Junkie:

"I just feel like that's what God wanted me to do, was to move back up to middleweight," Marquardt told MMAjunkie. "I'd never lost two fights in a row before, so it was actually more after the second one that I was actually kind of questioning myself.

"When I lost the third fight, I was disappointed. But at the same time, I didn't have the same thoughts that I did after the Ellenberger fight. I felt like I understood then why I was losing, and it was because I was fighting at 170. So I made the move."

Much to the chagrin of Bloody Elbow's own Mookie Alexander, Marquardt and Te Huna will face of in the five-round main event of Saturday's UFC Fight Night. The event will take place in the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

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