MMA legend, Nate “The Great” Marquardt (35-19-2), makes his long awaited return to the cage as he takes on Michael Cora at Titan FC 71 on August 6th.
Friday’s middleweight scrap will be Marquardt’s first in nearly four years however, he is beyond prepared to get back in there. After happily retiring in late 2017, he stopped all training. He felt unwell and unlike himself after a month off and decided to get back into the swing of things. Just four months later, he received a sign it was time to make a comeback.
“In April, God called me and told me to get back to fighting,” he said. “I got back into it for fun, health and to follow God’s path.”
The following month, Marquardt left his tenured home in Colorado and decided to start a new journey. He originally planned to go to Thailand however, that never came to fruition. Marquardt ended up bouncing around to Houston, Vegas, Arizona and then back to Colorado. It wasn’t until late 2020 when he and his family decided that South Florida was the right move.
About six months ago they moved to the sunshine state and began a new life. Marquardt ended up meeting Sanford MMA kickboxing coach, Henri Hooft, and decided that Sanford MMA would be his new home. In his time at the world class gym, he’s developed a true appreciation for his coaches and teammates.
“Great fighters, coaches and gym,” he explained. “There are no bad guys in the bunch, everyone looks for what’s best for each other.”
Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Marquardt contacted Titan FC COO, Lex McMahon, to discuss a comeback bout. After a long quarantine and a couple of injuries, he changed his ways to train more efficiently and decided he was ready. With his return around the corner, Marquardt doesn’t believe this is a one and done thing. This sport has been a crucial part of his life and he will follow whatever God has planned for him.
“I have no other goals, but to be obedient and follow God’s path,” said Marquardt. “I love the sport and I love training.”
Marquardt will step in the cage on August 6th with nothing to prove due to his prolific past however, he expects to be successful come fight night. His opponent, Dana White’s Contender Series veteran Michael Cora, is no slouch. He has some real power in his hands and seeks redemption after losing his last bout to Marquardt’s teammate and Titan FC welterweight champion, Dilano Taylor.
Marquardt expressed the respect he has for his opponent and his opponent’s skillset. He also praised Cora’s stand-up and exciting style. With that being said, Marquardt believes he will be the one who gets his hand raised on August 6th.
“I’ve seen a few of his fights. He’s tough, has good boxing and is fairly well-rounded,” he said. “It will be a great fight. I will go in there confident, fight hard and come out victorious.”
It’s obvious that Nate Marquardt isn’t doing this because he needs to. He’s returning because of his passion and love for the sport. The multiple time Pancrase middleweight champion, Strikeforce welterweight champion and UFC middleweight title challenger’s resume speaks for itself. Marquardt has wins over the likes of Tyron Woodley, Demian Maia and Rousimar Palhares. He’s also been in the cage with the likes of Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen, Hector Lomard and many more legends.
The style he brings is one we don’t see as often as we used to. He is the definition of a jack of all trades. His right hand carries a whole lot of one punch knockout power. His switch kick is sneaky; he draws his opponents hands down then throws it high. However, Marquardt is known for more than his standup. He’s a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and can wrestle with the best. In his 35 wins, he has 27 finishes.
On August 6th, Nate Marquardt makes his return to the cage for the first time in almost four years. Ironically, it will also be the 16th anniversary of his UFC debut. Come fight night, Marquardt looks to put on show for the Titan FC fans and continue to cement his name in the MMA history books.
BY: COBY WEINSIER