It seems slightly odd to hear a fighter telling his opponent to make sure and attack him as much as possible if he managers to get him down, but Nate Marquardt is obviously putting the fans first for this weekendâ€™s Strikeforce event.
He and Tyron Woodley will be fighting it out for the welterweight title and Marquardt, while he hugely respects Woodleyâ€™s skills and achievements as a wrestler, thinks his fellow contender needs to remember to use those skills in a crowd-pleasing way.
â€śAs a fighter I respect his skills. He is a great wrestler and thatâ€™s what he does and thatâ€™s what he should be using in his fights. The thing is, weâ€™re there to fight. So when youâ€™re a wrestler your job is to fight. And if you are going to use wrestling thatâ€™s great and can be super exciting for the fans,â€ť he says.
â€śIf you can get that guy down and ground and pound thatâ€™s great, but if you are going take that guy down and hold him and wait for the decision, thatâ€™s a different thing. [But anyway,] I am expecting to knock him out. This layoff has rejuvenated me and Iâ€™m ready to go.â€ť
Marquardt is making his Strikeforce debut after being unceremoniously booted from the UFC last year following a debacle relating to testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). His failure to follow athletic commission steps meant he did not obtain the appropriate clearance and his UFC on Versus 4 fight with Rick Story was cancelled one day out.
The UFC were not at all impressed and a stone-faced Dana White announced that Marquardt had been summarily dismissed and would â€śnever fight in the UFCâ€ť. Marquardt then signed with UK promotion BAMMA but spent a year idle as his debut was repeatedly postponed. The promotion then released him so he could pursue other options.