"At that point in my life, martial arts was awesome for me," said Marquardt to Showtime Sports. "I have an anger issue and [MMA] was a positive outlet for me. From day one, I have this goal to fight in the UFC. I want to be considered the best in the world."
At 15-years-old, Marquardt began training and made his professional debut at 19, winning the WVF lightweight title at the same time. He has since gone on to hold several welterweight and middleweight titles out of the U.S. and Canada.
In his Strikeforce debut, Marquardt knocked out Tyron Woodley (10-1) in the fourth round to win the promotion's vacant title at their July show. Since then Strikeforce only held one show, which was the following month, and Marquardt did not compete on it. He will look for his first title defense come January.
At the final Strikeforce show, Marquardt headlines as he is the only fighter on the card putting his title on the line. He takes on Tarec Saffiedine (13-3) on the January 12 event. The show takes place from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK. Showtime will air the main card.
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