Don’t count the underdog out. Tarec Saffiedine (14-3) has done what most thought was very unlikely–he has taken out the newly crowned champ Nate Marquardt in Strikeforce’s final fight, before closing up shop in Oklahoma City.

It was a five round stand-up war, as the Strikeforce Challenger groomed talent used leg kicks to purple the leg of Marquardt throughout. Marquardt did not look to get in his usual groove, throwing many of his trademark kicks and elbow with a low landing rate.

Official: Tarec Saffiedine def. Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)

The Team Quest stand0ut has not only earned the Strikeforce title, but continues an impressive four fight win-streak in his transition into the big show (UFC).  With wins over names such as Brock Larson, Scott Smith, Roger Bowling and now Nate Marquardt, it will be hard to deny the new champ a big fight in his debut.