Nate Marquardt Returning In 2020


UFC fighter Ian Heinisch revealed a short time ago that training partner Nate Marquardt may be planning on making a comeback.

It would appear that Heinisch was correct in his assertion because Marquardt has announced that a comeback is on the horizon.

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“Yeah, that’s true, I’m going to be making a comeback,” Marquardt said to MMA Junkie. “I’ve known it for a while now, but I haven’t made it public. I’ve just been training, going to seminary, staying in shape, and helping guys like Ian (Heinisch) and stuff like that.”

Marquardt retired after a split decision loss to Cezar Ferreira at UFC Fight Night Norfolk in November of 2017.

The soon to be returning fighter says God spoke to him in a dream and that is what lead to a return to MMA competition.

“Well it’s kind of a crazy story, man, but I had a dream.” Marquardt said. “God spoke to me, and he confirmed it later in the week by two people I’ve never met before and one friend, as well, that basically I’d be fighting again. That was it, man. After I retired, I didn’t train for like two months, and I actually started feeling really bad physically. I was like, ‘Oh man, I need to get back in the gym,’ so I started lifting weights, running, sparring and grappling a little bit, and then I had the dream. So basically, when I retired, I thought that that was it, but I haven’t stopped training. I love mixed martial arts. I love doing it. I love competing, but I really didn’t have a huge desire to compete in it. I was just going to train and maybe teach and stuff like that.”

There is no word yet on where a returning Marquardt is going to be fighting, but Heinisch did say in his interview that Bellator MMA could be an option.

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