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Nate Marquardt hangt handschoenen aan de wilgen

December 29th, 2017 | by Lennart Van Arendonk

De oud Strikeforce en Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight vechter Nate Marquardt hangt na 56 verschillende partijen zijn handschoenen aan de wilgen. De 38-jarige veteraan heeft een professioneel record behaald van 35–19–2. Hij kent partijen bij organisaties als Pancrase, Strikeforce, Bas Rutten Invitational en de UFC.

Marquardt vocht zijn eerste professionele partij in 1999 en vocht voor Pancrase tot 2005 waarna hij naar de UFC ging. na 4 overwinningen op rij mocht Marquardt vechten voor de titel tegen Anderson Silva. Hij verloor deze partij middels een technische knock-out in de eerste ronde. Daarna ging het met ups en downs in de carrière van Marquardt waarin hij onder anderen won van Tyron Woodley op Welterweight maar vervolgens 3 partijen op rij verloor. Marquardt vocht zijn laatste partij tegen Cezar Ferreira in november van dit jaar. Marquardt verloor via een split decision.

Hij schrijft het volgende over zijn pensioen:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Since I became a Christian, this has been one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Jesus said we must become like children to enter the kingdom of heaven. The humility that a child has is shown in their dependency on and trust in their parents. I have had many accomplishments and victories as well as many trials and upsets in my career. I have won 4 world titles and I have subsequently lost three of them. I have had many winning and losing streaks. I have battled chronic injuries and had 6 surgeries. I have learned that I can trust God in every situation and need to put him first. After 22 years as an athlete in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, I believe God is calling me in another direction.

I want to thank everyone that has supported me throughout my career, including the UFC, Strikeforce and Pancrase. I have many fans that have stuck by me in the ups and the downs and I want you to know that I really appreciate it. I have been blessed to work with so many of the best coaches and training partners in the world and I have much gratitude for every moment of it. I cherish all the relationships that have been formed through this that sport we love. I am exceedingly grateful for those closest to me: my coaches, teammates, friends, wife and family. Above all, I thank God for his provision, protection, patience and guidance through my career.

I am also happy to say that I will still be involved in MMA on many levels. I will continue training in all aspects of MMA and I will also continue to run my sports ministry, Resurrection Jiu-Jitsu. I am currently pursuing a degree at Gateway Seminary, and I plan on using my experience in MMA and the UFC on the mission field. At this point, my family and I are praying for direction for where God is leading us globally and by what means. Wherever and however we go, I believe God will use MMA in some capacity, either teaching at a gym, coaching fighters, running a sports ministry, and/or teaching seminars. Either way, we are excited for this next season in our life as a family and are confident that God is directing our paths!

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