Nate Marquardt UFC 102There has been a lot of talk lately about what will happen when the champions of Strikeforce make their debuts in the UFC later this year.

Gilbert Melendez will likely face Benson Henderson for the UFC lightweight title in his first trip to the Octagon, but the future isn’t as certain for middleweight champion Luke Rockhold or welterweight titleholder Nate Marquardt.

First things first, Marquardt is the one Strikeforce champion with a fight left on the final show coming up this weekend when he steps in against Tarec Saffiedine, but even with a win he’s not concerning himself with what’s next, who he fights, or what ranking he comes in with when he debuts at 170 pounds in the UFC.

“It’s something I don’t think about at all,” Marquardt told MMAWeekly Radio. “You can’t think about that stuff and honestly it doesn’t matter. Rankings and that kind of stuff, it doesn’t matter. A fight’s a fight, it’s what’s in front of you and you train for that fight. That’s all you can worry about.”

If Marquardt is successful against Saffiedine he will likely come in on day one as a top welterweight contender, and just about everyone will hope to see him against one of the best in the division for his first fight.

Whether it’s Carlos Condit, Rory MacDonald, Johny Hendricks, Jake Ellenberger or any of the other top 170-pound fighters in the UFC, Marquardt just sees them all as names. Until they are on the other end of a bout agreement, he’s not losing any sleep about who he faces.

Marquardt’s philosophy is line them up and he’ll knock them down one by one and whether it’s UFC or Strikeforce, he’s going to show up and compete.

“For me, I want to fight. To me, a fight is a fight, it doesn’t matter where or what banner it’s under, the fact that I’m able to pay my bills from the money I make in the fight it really doesn’t matter to me where the fight is in that regard,” said Marquardt.

Of course, he can’t ignore the fact that fans want to see him in certain fights once he comes back to the UFC in 2013, but as much as he appreciates the compliment, it’s all just words.

Words aren’t actions and Marquardt is all about action.

“Hearing that kind of stuff let’s me know that I’m on the right path and my career’s going well. I don’t put any value on that stuff, it doesn’t mean anything for someone to say you’re ranked number whatever in the world. It doesn’t mean anything. It’s just what people think,” Marquardt stated.

“I still have to be the one that shows up to perform and fight my heart out and if I don’t do that, then it doesn’t mean anything.”

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all the latest Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine news and fight coverage.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

'Cyborg' refusal to take 145-pound UFC fights 'not so strange now,' says Dana White

  • 28 days ago
  • 164 views

The UFC’s decision to leave Invicta FC champ Cristiane Justino out of the promotion’s first title fight at the newly-created women’s 145-pound division raised some eyebrows. UFC boss Dana White think read news >>

Top Ten – The Best UFC Fighters of 2016

  • 27 days ago
  • 15 views

In a year of incredible fights, KO's and more, these fighters are the ones who delivered most. These are the best UFC fighters of 2016. read news >>

Mutual admiration could push Ronda Rousey from UFC to WWE

  • 28 days ago
  • 26 views

Even before Ronda Rousey fights for the chance to regain her UFC bantamweight title on Dec. 30, her future inside the octagon is the subject of much discussion.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Relive UFC 206's best fights and finishes with Saturday 2-hour special on FOX

  • 28 days ago
  • 25 views

Just two weeks removed from the show in Toronto, on Saturday, the UFC and FOX will look back at UFC 206 and its interim featherweight title fight headliner, a brilliant head-kick knockout after a bac read news >>

TJ Dillashaw: UFC 207 Warrior Code Video | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago
  • 18 views

Before TJ Dillashaw fights to become the top contender against No. 2 ranked bantamweight John Lineker at UFC 207, hear why he fights and his future plans. read news >>

Cain Velasquez Removed from UFC 207, Fight Card Proceeds with 10 Fights

  • 25 days ago
  • 128 views

UFC 207 has lost its heavyweight showcase, but the show continues on with 10 fights. Cain Velasquez didn’t get the Christmas present he wanted. The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) pulled Velasquez f read news >>

Dominick Cruz Has a Car Fetish (UFC 207 Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago
  • 117 views

UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz takes his racing almost as seriously as his fighting. Cruz fights Cody Garbrandt in the co-main event at UFC 207. read news >>

Meet Cancer Survivor Maddux, Cody Garbrandt's Biggest Fan (Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago
  • 25 views

Before he fights UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 on December 30, learn about Cody Garbrandt and his special friendship with young Maddux. read news >>

Pioneer Marco Ruas looks back on contribution to MMA, wishes he'd had more UFC fights

  • 24 days ago
  • 11 views

Long before Marco Ruas became UFC 7’s tournament winner, he was engaging on the now-famous unregulated fights between rival gyms in Rio. He might have gone 9-4 in his MMA career but on the streets, R read news >>

UFC 207: Nunes vs Rousey - Fantasy Cheat Sheet

  • 23 days ago
  • 10 views

All the big fights at UFC 207 are hard to pick but we have you covered with this week's fantasy cheat sheet. Who will win between Amanda Nunes-Ronda Rousey, Dominick Cruz-Cody Garbrandt and more. read news >>