Nate Marquardt returns against Tyron Woodley for Welterweight Title in Strikeforce

Strikeforce will finally crown a new welterweight champion come July 14 as Tyron Woodley faces former UFC fighter Nate Marquardt.

On Saturday night Strikeforce officials confirmed the bout during the Grand Prix final broadcast for the upcoming show in Portland, Oregon.

Woodley comes into the fight with an undefeated record and a pedigree in wrestling from the University of Missouri.

He will face his stiffest test as he squares off with former UFC middleweight title contender Nate Marquardt with the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title on the line.

This will be Marquardt’s first fight at 170lbs after he was originally supposed to debut last year in the UFC in his new weight class, but a drug testing issue cost him a fight and his job at the time in the UFC.

Marquardt had undergone testosterone replacement therapy, but his testosterone levels were outside the guidelines of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission and thus he was removed from his fight. Subsequently, the UFC released Marquardt for the infraction.

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