Nate the Great Has Returned with a Vengeance

Nate Marquardt

Saturday night’s fight between Tyron Woodley and Nate Marquardt proves that Nate is definitely a new driving force in the welterweight division. With a devastating knockout to win the Strikeforce title, Nate The Great needs to be watched closely in upcoming fights.

Nate is a former challenger in the middle weight UFC division and has ranked in the top five as a 185 pounder for quite some years. He’s now moving up the rankings as a 170-pound force that deserves some serious recognition.

Woodley has been previously undefeated and this knockout is definitely one of 2012′s best so far. Past opponents for Marquardt include Dan Miller and Maia in middleweight competitions, who later on became successful in welterweight, and it’s possible that this Great Nate will accomplish even more.

This was a comeback performance that saw Marquardt on his back at one point but got back onto his feet using an arm bar. Woodley also staggered Nate at one point with a solid punch but Marquardt’s determinism brought him back to life.

This was Marquardt’s first fight in welterweight and he hadn’t entered the competition ring for 16 months. He was able to land 58% of the strikes, which included the grand finale finish.

The question of the day is who will fight Marquardt for his first defense of his newfound title? Jordan Mein is definitely one of the possibilities after a good performance on Saturday, as is Kazuo Misaki.

Hopefully the past won’t come back to haunt this emerging new welterweight force. Last June he was prepared to begin his debut as a welterweight fighting Rick Story, but could not be cleared due to high testosterone levels. The UFC went on to cut him and he was suspended from competing. This suspension was lifted after three weeks but damage control already needed to be put into place. Only time will give the answer for this rising competitor as to his future opportunities.

For now though, welterweights need to take cover. Nate the great is returning in full force and will be a vengeance to be reckoned with.

Sarah Kaufman Wants A Fight With The Champ of Strikeforce—Rousey

Sarah Kaufman Wants A Fight With The Champ of Strikeforce—RouseySarah Kaufman expects a fight with Ronda Rousey, the champion of Strikeforce. She wants to test Rousey’s skills after winning a fight with Miesha Tate. Ronda is really good in fights. She amazingly speaks with her fists. On the other hand, Kaufman wants to win the fight with Rousey the bantamweight title that Kaufman lost last 2010. Kaufman moves with another strategy versus Rousey by not being submissive to any attacks Rousey dispatches on all her opponents.

The fight is all set on August 18 with Kaufman’s game plan to strike and strike. Kaufman has an incredible skill on assault and power sensing if the opponent can be defeated with a couple of strike. Out 16 opponents, 10 of them were finished via knockout. Kaufman believes that Rousey only relies on her judo skills even though she is a good athlete. With this striking method, it is impossible to do several and continuous strikes in one standing, so she will be able to strike in the period of transition.

Kaufman is currently among the top five in pound for pound ranking in women worldwide. She lost to Marloes Coenen two years ago and won fights with several contenders like Alexis davis, Liz Carmouche, and Miesha Tate.

“I definitely want to test her chin, for sure,” Kaufman expressed with thrill. She is sure that all her moves are new to Rousey. Kaufman is also a former champion in Strikeforce bantamweight and wants to deface the undefeated record of Rousey who is a former Judo Silver medalist in Olympics.

It is now getting more exciting for Rousey and Kaufman as the fight date is getting closer. The UFC fans are waiting which of these fighters will make it until the end. For the most part, this fight is really exciting since the two champions in their respective skills will fight each other.

Daniel Cormier became a new Strikeforce Grand Prix champion

Daniel Cormier became the Grand Prix champ after defeating Josh Barnett by way of a near-shutout five round unanimous decision.

“It means everything to beat somebody like Josh Barnett,” said Cormier. “I’ve lost a lot of people in my life, and this is for all of them. My daughter Kaedyn, my dad. This means the world to me.”

With the win, Cormier ups his record to 10-0; Barnett falls to 31-6.