Nate Marquardt set for UFC 158

Nate (The Great) Marquardt (above) will fight Jake Ellenberger (inset) in Montreal on March 16....

Nate (The Great) Marquardt (above) will fight Jake Ellenberger (inset) in Montreal on March 16. (QMI files)

NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:56 PM ET

Nate (The Great) Marquardt didn’t want to overlook Tarec Saffiedine.

The former Strikeforce welterweight champion knew he had a tough opponent in front of him. Yet, when the two locked horns on the final Strikeforce card in January, Marquardt said he didn’t fight like his usual self.

“I’ve been doing this since I was 15 years old,” Marquardt said over the phone. “I know how to check a leg kick — that wasn’t the problem. It wasn’t a technical issue. The problem was how I was fighting, why I was fighting that way and maybe some things I did in camp leading up. It’s a blessing in disguise that fight happened at that time.”


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