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Former UFC title challenger Nate Marquardt unretires, signs with Titan FC for August debut

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UFC 212: Belfort v Marquardt Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Former UFC middleweight title challenger Nate Marquardt is ending his four-year retirement to sign with Titan FC. “The Great” is expected to make his debut on Aug. 6.

Marquardt announced his return during Friday’s broadcast of Titan FC 70. MMA Junkie later confirmed the news, reporting that Marquardt is still looking for an opponent and expected to compete at 185 pounds.

Marquardt, who turned 42 this past April, hasn’t competed since a split decision loss to Cezar Ferreira back at UFC Fight Night 120 in Nov. 2017. It was Marquardt’s third-straight loss to end his UFC career as he announced his retirement from the sport just one month later.

Marquardt fought under the UFC banner from 2005-2017 with a brief stopover in Strikeforce, where he knocked out Tyron Woodley to capture the welterweight title. The biggest moment in Marquardt’s UFC career came in the form of a middleweight title shot against the legendary Anderson Silva at UFC 73 in 2007. Marquardt ended up losing via first-round TKO and never made it back to the big dance, although he did fight in two UFC title eliminator bouts in 2010.

It is unknown at this time how Marquardt will perform after four years away from the sport but he’ll have his chance to prove himself as a member of the Titan FC roster.