Biography(references)Marquardt's late father was a Lutheran pastor, worked in construction, and was also a Marine veteran who fought in the Vietnam War. Because of his father's work he and his family moved around frequently to places including Chicago, Illinois, and Indiana. Present Marquardt's fighting style derived from his fights in Pancrase under the leadership of Sheldon Marr from Colorado. Shane Pitts trained Marquardt in Japanese jujutsu for three years and gave him a black belt. Marquardt was active in other sports as well, including basketball and soccer, at Wheat Ridge High School and also began taking freestyle wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu lessons when he was 18 years old under the instruction of Ricardo Murgel.
Fighter Trivia(references)Marquardt has an older brother who is in the United States Air Force. Marquardt made a short cameo appearance in the beginning of MC Hammer's music video for the Jay-Z diss track, "Better Run Run" along with Brendan Schaub, Eliot Marshall, and trainer Trevor Wittman. Marquardt also had a small screen appearance in the movie Warrior as Karl "The Dane" Kruller.
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