Dana White: I'd have to say Marquardt's back in the UFC


UFC president Dana White said Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt, who headlines the Jan. 12 Strikeforce card, is expected to return to the UFC whether or not he wins against Tarec Saffiedine at "Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine," which serves as that promotion's final event.

"Yeah, probably," White said. "I would have to say so."

Marquardt, of course, is a 14-time UFC veteran who was released from the promotion when he failed to receive medical clearance for a UFC on Versus 4 fight due to elevated levels of testosterone.

At the time, White seemed livid with "The Great," but the UFC boss said there are currently no more hard feelings.

"I was never in a bad way with him," White said. "I like Nate Marquardt. He's one of the nicest guys ever. But you know how I get. I get bummed out when guys do stuff like that. You're a professional. Show up here and do what you're supposed to do."

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White's remarks were echoed by Marquardt himself before UFC 155.

"Everything is resolved," said Marquardt, who added it was "one of the toughest things in my career."

"When I won the Strikeforce title, that was redemption for me... I know I'm right in the (title picture)_ mix, if not at the top."

"I assume I'll be in the UFC after this fight (with Saffiedine)."


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bhealthy site profile image  

12/31/12 10:34 PM by bhealthy

^^^^avoid marquart = best strategy eva

Phisher site profile image  

12/30/12 8:15 PM by Phisher

GSP does train at Tristar full time. Jackson is his strategy coach.

Woodford Mike site profile image  

12/30/12 8:10 PM by Woodford Mike

Rory or Kos would be great fights for him

IHangFromBJsBallSack site profile image  

12/30/12 6:19 PM by IHangFromBJsBallSack

GSP always said he had friends at midleweight and wouldn't move up because of em, one of them being Nate

GOREILLAMAN site profile image  

12/30/12 5:55 PM by GOREILLAMAN

He was pretty huge at MW. You should see him in person. Beast mode.

ruggets4nuggets site profile image  

12/30/12 2:40 PM by ruggets4nuggets

Nate is gonna wreck shop at 170, mark my words.Dude is freakin huge at ww.

omlet de fromage site profile image  

12/30/12 2:33 PM by omlet de fromage

Ya and he was having lunch with him.

da Vinci 81 site profile image  

12/30/12 2:29 PM by da Vinci 81

Not sure if he and GSP would ever fight? I know they showed Marquardt training with him quite a bit on the primetime episodes.

omlet de fromage site profile image  

12/30/12 2:24 PM by omlet de fromage

I don't get your point. And no I actually wish GSP would leave Jacksons and train with tristar full time. I just think that some of the better wrestlers in the division including GSP will give him some trouble.

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12/30/12 2:21 PM by omlet de fromage

Not at all. When I heard Cain point out his mistake in not pushing forward in the pre-fight promo thing I knew he would come forward and not give JDS room to breathe.