— Jim (@ItAlways420)
July 3, 2021
Marquardt will return to action for the first time since
The former Strikeforce champion and UFC title challenger announced
his comeback from retirement during Titan FC 70 on Friday.
Marquardt plans to fight at the promotion’s Aug. 6 event. An
opponent for the fight was not revealed.
“It’s 100 percent God,” Marquardt said of his motivation to return.
“Honestly, I’ve been sent here to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ
and He’s the only way to be saved and our nation is in desperate
need right now to turn back to the Lord. I believe that’s the
message God has for me and I’m really excited to fight again.”
Marquardt initially revealed that
in December 2019, but it wasn’t until now that “The Great” was able
to make those plans concrete. The ex-King of Pancrase
first announced his retirement at the end of 2017 on the heels
of a loss to Cezar
Ferreira at UFC Fight Night 120.
The 42-year-old High Altitude Martial Arts representative has won
just three of his last 12 bouts dating back to January 2013.
Marquardt’s last victory came via second-round KO against Tamdan
McCrory at UFC Fight Night 96 on Oct. 1, 2016. He challenged
for the middleweight crown at UFC 73, losing to champion Anderson
Silva via TKO at 4:50 of the opening round. “The Great” would
capture Strikeforce gold with a fourth-round stoppage of Woodley in
July 2012 but lost the belt to Tarec
Saffiedine at the promotion’s final event in January 2013.
Marquardt owns a 35-19-2 career mark that includes notable triumphs
over the likes of Yves Edwards,
Kampmann, Jeremy Horn,
Palhares and Woodley, to name a few.
Nate Marquardt Announces Return from Retirement, Plans to Compete for Titan FC
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