Nate Marquardt is likely to face Tyron Woodley at a July Strikeforce event for the vacant welterweight title. The bout will be Marquardt’s first fight since his sudden release from the UFC prior to the UFC on Versus 4. MMAWeekly first reported the bout.
Marquardt was released from the UFC after the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission denied him from participating on the UFC on Versus 4 card due to elevated testosterone levels. While PSAC cleared Marquardt a few days later, UFC President Dana White fired Marquardt during a twitter video before the event took place.
Marquardt had been signed to the British promotion BAMMA, but was released after the promotion was unable to secure an opponent.
Marquardt’s opponent, Tyron Woodley, has not lost in his ten professional fights, eight of which have been with Strikeforce. The former MIZZOU wrestling standout has notched notable wins over Andre Galvao, Tarec Saffiedine, and Paul Daley. Woodley most recently fought in January, where he won against Jordan Mein.