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Couture and Marquardt added to UFC roster

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Nate Marquardt was well beaten by Tarec Saffiedine © Getty Images
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The list of Strikeforce fighters set to enter the UFC has been confirmed, and the names of Couture and Marquardt both appear.

Strikeforce put on its final show on Saturday, with the now-defunct promotion seeing its biggest stars migrate to the UFC. Daniel Cormier and Gilbert Melendez both already have fights confirmed, but many others will also make the leap.

Most notable is the name of Nate Marquardt, who suffered a damaging loss to Tarec Saffiedine as he ceded his welterweight title on Saturday. Already kicked out of the UFC once, after registering elevated testosterone levels, the defeat put Marquardt's return in doubt.

However, both he and Saffiedine will enter the UFC, along with Ryan Couture, son of Hall of Famer Randy. It will be the first time a father and son have both fought in the UFC.

Full list of fighters

Heavyweight
Daniel Cormier (11-0)

Light-heavyweight
Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2)
Gian Villante (10-3)

Middleweight
Roger Gracie (6-1)
Tim Kennedy (15-4)
Lorenz Larkin (13-0)
Luke Rockhold (10-1)
Ronaldo Souza (17-3)

Welterweight
Roger Bowling (11-3)
Jason High (16-3)
Nate Marquardt (32-11-2)
Tarec Saffiedine (14-3)
Bobby Voelker (24-8)

Lightweight
Ryan Couture (6-1)
Pat Healy (29-16)
Kurt Holobaugh (8-1)
Adriano Martins (24-6)
Gilbert Melendez (21-2)
KJ Noons (11-6)
Josh Thomson (19-5)

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