Imagine this scenario. You move in to a new apartment and instantly start to discover odd things. First, the previous tenants have left behind an Elvis mug. Who knows why? Next, taking the pictures off the wall you notice they have also sellotaped pictures of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to the back. Finally, you find Mormon pamphlets in one of the cupboards. The feeling of living in someone else’s house is strong and unsettling but hey, don’t let that stop you drinking out of an idolater’s Elvis mug.
That’s the best metaphor I can come up with to describe the situation that Nate Marquardt is now in as he moves into Tyron Woodley’s house, the Strikeforce 170lb division, where Woodley has declared himself the unofficial champion. As reported on Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight show last night, Marquardt has signed with Strikeforce and has verbally agreed to face Woodley in a bout one would expect to be for the vacant welterweight belt, rumored to do down in May. For those that do not know, after his fight with Yoshiyuki Yoshida, along with the whole BAMMA 9 event was pulled from a February 11th date, Nate and his manager Lex McMahon negotiated an amicable split with the British promotion in order to find fights elsewhere. This Strikeforce contract comes eight months after losing his job with the UFC and ten months after his last fight, a unanimous decision win over Dan Miller. Credit to Obilo Nwokogba for the banner image.