Nate Marquardt Talks About a Potential Return to the UFC
On a media scrum last Saturday, Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nate Marquardt, spoke about his potential return to the UFC as well as his upcoming title fight with Tarec Saffiedine on the final Strikeforce event on January 12:
Regarding a likely return to the UFC: “I’ve made that mistake before. Honestly, I assume that I’ll be in UFC after this fight. But I’m not concerned about that, so it’s not really an issue for me. I just look forward to my fight, and I know I’m fighting a tough guy, so I’m ready for it mentally. I’ve had fights in Japan before where I thought I was just going to walk all over the guy. I probably could have, but when you go in with that mentality and the guy turns out to be tough, it makes the fight long.”
Regarding his exit from the UFC before he was brought back to Strikeforce by ZUFFA: “That was one of the toughest things in my career, but no hard feelings. I look to the future. I’m happy where I’m at, and I feel like I’m blessed…When I won the Strikeforce title, that was like redemption to me. There were a lot of things leading up to that that were really good for me, but that was the climax right there.”
His thoughts on Tarec Saffiedine: “He’s very tough. I haven’t seen him get finished. Very good striking. He trains at Team Quest, so he’s well-rounded. But I just feel like I’m a better fighter, a better athlete, and if I come in there with my ‘A’ game, I’m going to be able to finish him.”
Regarding potential fights at welterweight for him in the UFC: “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. That March card is just stacked. Honestly, any one of those guys – I want to fight the winner of those fights.
His thoughts on getting another chance in the UFC again: “It’s a dream come true. I’m just excited to be here and excited for my upcoming fight. I’m ready to go.”