July 14, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Nate Marquardt celebrates after defeating Tyron Woodley for the welterweight championship at MMA Strikeforce at the Rose Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE
After Nate Marquardt knocked out Tyron Woodley in the co-main event of the Strikeforce event on Showtime last Saturday night (July 14, 2012), "T-Wood" left the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon, with a fat lip and a leg full of pain.
The pain in his body was nothing compared to the pain he felt when looking across the Hexagon to see Marquardt being awarded the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship.
"I didn't see myself losing against Nate. I didn't necessarily try to protect my undefeated record. I didn't see myself going undefeated for my entire career.That would have been great, but for me, I just thought I was faster. I thought that using my timing, using my hands, using my speed and using my wrestling, you know I didn't want to do a whole lot of taking down and wrestling. He was waiting on that, he was ready for that. I got a fat lip, my legs are a little sore, he got a couple leg kicks in. Just frustrated. No pain in my body takes away from the fact that I look at him and I feel like he's wearing my belt. Kudos to the guy, he came out hard. He took some good shots as well. We went out there and fought hard, he came out on top today so there's nothing you can take from the guy."
Hear Woodley break it all down for Sherdog.com after the jump.