Former UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt has re-signed with the parent company that gave him his first bolt into stardom, Zuffa. Though, this time around he won’t be competing on quite as big a stage.
After testing positive for heightened levels of testosterone, the Team Grudge fighter was scratched from a 2011 Versus main event just an hour before go-time. He was swiftly cut by UFC President Dana White.
It seemed at the time that the newly-converted welterweight would have to toil in local shows across the globe for the rest of his promising career. Time heals all wounds as they say, and time has brought “The Great” into Strikeforce (also owned and operated by Zuffa).
As reported by Ariel Helwani, Marquardt could likely meet rising 170 pounder Tyron Woodley in his first fight under the Strikeforce banner. Paul Daley also remains a possibility if the promotion brings him back for another one-fight deal, being that the two were scheduled to meet in a BAMMA UK match to close out 2011.
Source: UFC Tonight (airs Tuesdays on FuelTV)