Nate Marquardt has been one of the UFC middleweight division’s top contenders for a number of years now, fighting once for the title and competing in two title eliminators along the way.
Marquardt dropped a bombshell last night After a hard fought but convincing win over Dan Miller though when he revealed that he may be considering a move down to welterweight.
“One thing I talked to my coaches before this fight and a couple of my team-mates like Georges St.Pierre…we talked about me cutting down to 170lbs because I was walking around really light, basically at the same weight Georges walks around at, and I think it’s something I’d like to try out. If it’s a good fit I’ll go for the title there,” Marquardt told MMAfighting’s Ariel Helwani.
That’s a surprising suggestion, and one that could certainly spice up the 170lb weight class if he can make the cut. According to Marquardt it could be a move that brings out the best in him.
“Honestly, when I’m walking around lighter I just feel I can go all day long and I feel like an animal, you know? I don’t feel like I get tired, and even when I get tired I just keep going and I don’t feel like I need to rest.”
It does present problems though since current title holder GSP is a friend and training partner. It doesn’t seem to be putting Marquardt off the idea though.
“Either way, I want to go down. I’m not saying I’d fight him, I’m just saying that I want to drop to 170 and go for the title there. If he’s still the titleholder then that’s something we’ll have to talk about at that point.”
Helwani later relayed the news to UFC president Dana White who seemed genuinely surprised, but was open to the idea.
“Wow! He’s huge, he’s monstrous. If he can make it down to 170 that would be interesting to see,” White exclaimed.
Marquardt does say that he would be willing to continue fighting at 185lbs if required though, and names Michael Bisping as the man he’d most like to face in the weight class.
Personally I like the sound of the move to welterweight as that’s a decision that could do with some added spice in it’s upper reaches, particularly if GSP does vacate his title and move up to middleweight.