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Nate Marquardt Mulling Move Down to Welterweight

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It's a surprising decree from a fighter that's never been considered small or outmuscled at the weight. Marquardt claimed that he walked around at a lighter weight during this camp, and felt like he could "go all day long" in the fight with Miller.

The most interesting bit of this info is that Marquardt reveals that he discussed the move with his coaches and a couple of teammates, including current UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre. It makes one wonder if St. Pierre has resigned himself to a move up to middleweight should he defeat Jake Shields at UFC 129 in Toronto.

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Marquardt at 170? This would really shake up the division. Marquardt vs Sanchez Anyone?

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Seems as though Jackson is setting up camp in all divisions and wants to be comfortable with the line up. With Jones/Evans fighting he probably doesn't want to add more on with GSP/Marquardt if GSP does move up.

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Posted by FastKnockout

Seems as though Jackson is setting up camp in all divisions and wants to be comfortable with the line up. With Jones/Evans fighting he probably doesn't want to add more on with GSP/Marquardt if GSP does move up.



I think if Marquardt moved down, he should fight Diego, and the winner of that gets winner of BJ and Fitch 2. And the winner of that, will either fight the champion, or the vacant title. But I agree with what you said

Post #4   3/20/11 9:53:32PM   

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i Love this idea.. its awesome. I'm a former wrestler and i like training bjj when i can... so... I'd love to see marquardt/fitch. just awesome. I'd love to see the grappling match.

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I can't realistically see Marquardt dropping to 170. And even if he managed to do it I definitely think it would only hurt him. There are awesome fights down there for him but he's too damn big.

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If he can make it with no problems and no cardio impact.....I can honestly see him getting in the title picture and perhaps winning it. Just depends on how he deals with wrestlers like Fitch and Koscheck but those are all fights I'd pay to see.

I think it's a great move for the UFC especially since it gives them more intriguing match ups in a very good division that is full og good guys near the top that have fought each other.

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I doubt he can make the cut

I doubt he would fight both jackson camp sanchez and gsp

I do like the idea of the drop

But I do wanna see marquadt fight bisping

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idk how Nate plans on cutting. that guy is huge

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Posted by TS92turbo

Marquardt at 170? This would really shake up the division. Marquardt vs Sanchez Anyone?



Sanchez is a Jackson's team member. He is the one who hurt Rashad.

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Way too much muscle on Nate to be able to cut to 170.....won't happen.

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If he could even make the weight he'd be a shell of his former self.

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I am with the majority that believe it's a big stretch for him to make 170lbs. Even if he could, I think the ww division would be difficult for him to succeed in considering all the top notch wrestlers.

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I dont like the idea of Marquardt moving down, makes me think of James Irvin when he fought at 185.

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Koscheck vs Nate!

if Nate drops down, he will lose a lot of muscle, but who knows, maybe its a good move. as long as he doesnt look like Swick stretched out at 170
i thought Maia at 170 was good, but he looks like he got bigger and will stay 185
Alot of ww's are with jackson
Condit
diego
gsp

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