Marquardt defeated Tyron Woodley to claim the Strikeforce Welterweight Title at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy. He comments on making his Welterweight debut as well as a potential bout with Georges St Pierre.
“That’s the reason why I dropped down. I felt like when I am lighter, I’m faster, I have better endurance and I didn’t lose any power or strength. I feel better, I feel like a better athlete. I feel like it I was going to fight at (1)85, I would cut down in weight, getting my body lean and I’m going to be a better athlete.”
Marquardt comments on Woodley and was surprised by his opponents ability in the stand-up.
“I was very impressed with him. I mean you know, his wrestling is so good that he has been able to kind of get away with just using his wrestling. So, I didn’t know what to expect as far as the rest of his game in the stand up game. And you know, he has a very good standup game. He is very resilient, which I was very surprised as how resilient he was. I think he is definitely one of the best in the world, there is no question in my mind. He is a tough dude and he will be back and stronger. He just need s a little more experience in the cage.”
He also comments on the possibility of facing UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St Pierre. The two are former friends and training partners however Marquardt admits he would have no problem stepping in the cage with GSP.
“I have competed everywhere in the world and I know my skills and abilities. Of course, I have to prove that I am the best, but I truly feel that I am the best. You got believe you are the best if you are the fighter. If you don’t believe you’re the best, then why are you doing it, you know? I got to believe that, and of course I believe I am better than everyone else, so. It’s not a shot at Georges, personally. You, know, we have talked about it, but we will have to cross that bridge when we get there. It’s, we know it is a possibility so. Yes, if that’s, how it has to be, then so be it.”
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