Marquardt doesn't know exactly where he'll fit into the UFC's 170-pound title picture, but he doesn't want to take a slow road to the top. Instead, he's hoping to face a big-name opponent and looks to March's UFC 158 event – which features key welterweight fights of champion Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald and Johny Hendricks vs. Jake Ellenberger – for potential targets.
"There's a lot of guys at welterweight in the UFC that I want to fight that are going to be good fights – a lot of tough guys," Marquardt said. "That March card is just stacked. Honestly, any one of those guys – I want to fight the winner of those fights."
But first, it's Saffiedine, and Marquardt knows it's important to leave Strikeforce on a winning stark and with the belt wrapped around his waist. And while he insists he's not looking past his next opponent, even if others are, Marquardt admits it's a good feeling to be on the cusp of a return to the UFC.
"It's a dream come true," Marquardt said. "I'm just excited to be here and excited for my upcoming fight. I'm ready to go."
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