Nate Marquardt will compete in South America for the first time in his 19-year MMA career, as he faces Thiago Santos in a middleweight bout on May 14 in Brazil. Sources confirmed the match-up is verbally agreed, but contracts are yet to be signed. Combate first reported the news.
A former Strikeforce and Pancrase champion, Marquardt (32-15-2) enters the bout coming off a second-round finish over C.B. Dollaway in December. The veteran is 2-2 since moving back up to 185 pounds, with his other win being a quick first-round armbar versus James TeHuna.
Winner of his last three, capped off by a dominant decision victory over Elias Theodorou, Santos (12-3) holds a 4-2 UFC record with three knockout wins in less than two minutes. "Marreta" finished Ronny Markes, Andy Enz and Steve Bosse inside the Octagon.