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Nate Marquardt Evaluates His Fight with Tarec Saffiedine Next Weekend

January 9, 2013 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

MMAjunkie Radio interviewed Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt this week. Marquardt faces Tarec Saffiedine in the final Strikeforce event on January 12. Here are some highlights:

Marquardt on how he doesn’t plan on distancing himself from Georges St. Pierre even though he plans on joining the UFC welterweight division: “Georges is my friend. We’ve been teammates since before he was champ, since before he fought Matt Hughes the second time. I don’t

Marquardt on how GSP recommended to change weight classes: “When I fought Dan Miller, I went up there to train with [St-Pierre], and he was like, ‘Man, you should consider fighting at 170. You’re lighter now, and you feel good.’ He kind of put it in my ear, and I tested some things out, and it got my weight a little lower than normal, and I felt better.”

Marquardt’s evaluation of Saffiedine: “Honestly, I don’t think there’s any fighter I would look at and it would be different. Every fighter has their strengths, and every fighter has their weaknesses and things to expose. Tarec’s a very good striker. He’s got really slick head kicks, good combinations, good counters, good takedown defense. He scrambles well. He gets up well, and he’s tough. I never saw him get finished. But I’m ready for this fight just like I was for Tyron. I know how tough he is, and shoot, I’m just ready to go out there and perform.”

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