Upon his release from the UFC, Nate Marquardt has become the most intriguing free agent on the Mixed Martial Arts market.
A world-ranked talent, Marquardt was set to make his welterweight debut at UFC on Versus 4 against Rick Story, after establishing himself as a perennial contender in the middleweight division over the last few years.
Until he was suspended by the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission for failing his medical requirements due to high testosterone levels, that is.
As a result, Marquardt was cut from the UFC and has been one of the biggest targets for criticism in all of MMA.
Now, with Bellator Fighting Championships as a possible destination for the newly orphaned fighter, two of Bellator's champions, Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard and Welterweight Champion Ben Askren, have vocalized their desire to fight the former King of Pancrase.
However, while Marquardt intended to make a new home for himself at 170, should he make the move to Bellator, the best matchup for him might actually lie at 185 against Middleweight Champ Lombard.
Here are three reasons why Lombard vs. Marquardt would make a better fight than Askren vs. Marquardt.