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Marquardt signs to Strikeforce, expected debut vs. Woodley for vacant belt

The UFC cast-out Nate Marquardt (31-10-2) has resigned with Zuffa promotions under the Strikeforce brand. The news was broken during Tuedsay night’s “UFC Tonight” on Fuel TV.

No expected date has been given, but it was mentioned that it would likely be against top Strikeforce contender Tyron Woodley (10-0) for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight belt sometime later this year.

Marquardt, originally on his climb to a UFC title shot in June of 2011, scheduled to fight Rick Story in a top contenders match headlining UFC on Versus 4. A last minute failed health test revealed that Marquardt had elevated levels of testosterone and would not be allowed to compete. An infuriated White came out publicly stating that Nate was released and would never fight in the UFC again.

Since the fallout, Marquardt had signed to U.K.’s BAMMA promotions and was expected to take on Yoshiyuki Yoshida to find an inaugural welterweight champ on Feb. 11 2012. The bout never came to fruition with rumors of a lack of funding.

American Top Team, wrestling stand-out Tyron Woodley has been in need of a challenger in the promotions. Already holding victories over contenders Tarec Saffiedine and Paul Daley, Marquardt’s addition will bring a much needed star power to a likely title fight.

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