UFC News: Marquardt Would Go Back to Middleweight to Fight Bisping

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIJune 15, 2011

PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 29:  UFC fighter Nate Marquardt (L) battles UFC fighter Demian Maia (R) during their Middleweight bout at UFC 102:  Couture vs. Nogueira at the Rose Garden Arena on August 29, 2009 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Although Nate Marquardt may make his move to 170 a permanent one, a fight with Michael Bisping could make him move back to middleweight.

Marquardt told MMA Junkie Radio that although he felt he could be champion at middleweight, his natural weight is 170 lbs.

 "I feel like I could hold the title at 185 lbs, but for me, it's more of a natural weight to fight at 170," Marquardt said. “If I ever did go back to 185, I wouldn't put on extra weight on purpose. I have more energy for practices. I just feel better.”

Bisping was called out by many fighters including Marquardt, after his fight with Jorge Rivera.

"The way I'm looking at this is that it's a permanent move," he said. "But if I got a fight with someone like Michael Bisping—there's been some talk about that—I'd fight him at 185 but keep my weight the same. Really, this is the right weight for me."

Marquardt will make his welterweight debut against Rick Story on June 26 at UFC Live.