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Nate Marquardt Tweets Photo of His Badly Battered Leg

Marquardt posted a pic of his bum leg (and his shiny new crutches) on Twitter.
Marquardt posted a pic of his bum leg (and his shiny new crutches) on Twitter.USA TODAY Sports
Steven RondinaFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2013

As you might have heard last night, UFC veteran and former No. 2 middleweight Nate Marquardt got upset in a big way by homegrown Strikeforce talent Tarec Saffiedine. Over the course of their brutal five-round fight, Marquardt's lead leg was pounded again and again by kicks, leaving it swollen and discolored. 

This morning, Marquardt posted a photo of how his leg was healing on Twitter for the whole world to see:

Swelling has gone down from last night believe it or not. Should've checked those kicks!twitpic.com/buwbug twitpic.com/buwbvb

— Nate Marquardt (@NathanMarquardt) January 13, 2013

According to the broadcasters, Marquardt entered the fight as a 3:1 favorite to win.

The vast majority of the card was made up of squash matches, pitting guys like Pat Healy, Tim Kennedy, Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier against the likes of Kurt Holobaugh, Trevor Smith, Nandor Guelmino and Dion Staring, respectively. 

Saffiedine gave fans the one true upset of the evening.

Again, Marquardt is a UFC veteran who has beaten the likes of Martin Kampmann, Demian Maia, Rousimar Palhares and Jeremy Horn. In his Strikeforce debut, he beat at-the-time 10-0 Tyron Woodley in convincing fashion. Woodley, by the way, beat Saffiedine in 2011 via unanimous decision. 

Marquardt could very well have been looking past Saffiedine, as the build-up to the fight was primarily centered around his return to the UFC, and his willingness to fight teammate and UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre.

Saffiedine advances to 6-1 in his Strikeforce career, and could be looking at some big-name fights in the UFC. Saffiedine could be in line to fight somebody like Martin Kampmann or Mike Pyle when he hits "the show".

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