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Nate Marquardt Finally Explains His Failed Medicals

Well the Nate Marquardt mystery has been solved. Nate Marquardt finally broke his silence today and revealed the Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour exactly what the circumstances were that resulted in being fired by the UFC.

If you were in the camp that guessed that Marquardt tested positive for a performance enhancing drug than you would be correct! Marquardt was flagged for high levels of testosterone. Marquardt says he needed hormone replacement therapy which is why he increased his hormone levels. Sound familiar?

Marquardt told Helwani that he noticed a change in his body last August. Marquardt then received clearance from his personal physician to begin hormone replacement therapy. He also told Helwani that he was approved for his testosterone therapy by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission prior to his UFC 128 fight against Dan Miller.

The week of the fight I requested several tests,” Marquardt said. “Each test showed that the levels were going down. I took a test on weigh-in day, and it was still above the range the athletic commission was going to let me fight.

He said that three weeks ago his doctor gave him a testosterone shot instead of oral drugs to remedy his low levels. The dosage spiked his levels, which popped on the test.

Also, according to Marquardt’s manager his levels would have been normal by Sunday night. His manager said that his levels were high for the weigh-ins, but he would have been fine by Monday. He also believed that Nate would be cleared shortly by the PSAC with his numbers back in the acceptable range.

[adinserter block=”1″]Okay a lot of this just doesn’t add up if you go back and read the quotes from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission and Dana White. According to the PSAC he had six weeks to clean this up which nobody allegedly told Dana White. Marquardt said this happened three weeks ago and the PSAC commish said six, so which is it?

According to Marquardt’s manager Lex McMahon, he claims that they never hid anything from the UFC which would contradict Dana White’s statements.

“Nate was hiding nothing,” McMahon said. “He made every effort to comply. When he found out his results were high, he ran out of time.

If Marquardt is telling the truth, why would Dana White say otherwise? Why wouldn’t he have been able to acquire the same notes or clearance from his doctor for the PSAC that he received for the NJSAC? Why did he have to wait until today to make the statement? Something isn’t right here.

If he is telling the truth, why did Dana White fire him on the spot? If it really is that cut and dry, you would expect White to have his back. Heck, Chael Sonnen put the company at bigger risk when he was popped for the same thing after fighting Anderson Silva. In Chael’s case, he would have not only ended a legendary winning streak but would have had to forfeit the belt as champion if he won the fight and got popped. What Nate did was wrong, but all he did was put a free television main event in jeopardy. Yet not only is Chael Sonnen still employed by the UFC, they wanted to bring him back and reward with him a spot on The Ultimate Fighter. It seems like a big double standard to me.

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Keep in mind that this isn’t Marquardt’s first positive PED. Marquardt tested positive after his UFC debut for high levels of nandrolone which is an anabolic steroid. Marquardt received what would amount to a slap on the wrist for the violation. Dana White says he is a believer in giving second chances, but I have rarely if ever seen give anyone a third.

[adinserter block=”1″]On the other hand, Dana White didn’t have the same kind of leverage with Sonnen that he now has with Marquardt. Remember, Zuffa LLC didn’t own Strikeforce when Chael was popped for his test. Sonnen could have jumped to Strikeforce as a big draw in theory after he returned to MMA. Where is Marquardt going to go? Not only that, but this is a business and Dana White has to get the message across to these guys that there will be ramifications if you test positive for a PED before or after a fight. I think this was a message and unfortunately Nate was a casualty used to make an example.

I am still a little dubious of his explanation. At 32 years old, the idea that he would need hormone replacement therapy is very suspicious. Even so, the fact that neither he nor his camp informed Dana White when it came up six weeks ago makes this one hard to believe. Finally, if he couldn’t get the clearance from his doctor to show the PSAC, well then something is up. I am sorry but I just don’t buy it.

Where Nate Marquardt goes from here is anyone’s guess. If Bellator winds up moving to Spike TV, he’d be a logical signing for the promotion (with Tito Ortiz if Ortiz loses to Ryan Bader and gets cut). If not, he really doesn’t have many options.

There are things I messed up,” Marquardt said. “I have to take responsibility.

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  1. Nate to be named "champ" of cops vs x-cons if he's willing to join the
    police of his choice and train the cops in some MMA . He will fight the baddest x-cons
    on the card on opening night. trying to take his title. possible
    first ever tag-team event.

  2. Now they need to get GSP or Michael Bisping to start talking smack about it and start one of those old rivalries. Then Nate starts off at one of the two, and begs Dana to comeback, and boom we have a Shamrock vs Ortiz all over again. Culminating in them both being coaches on TUF after a great 3 fight epic…..

  3. I don't think the issue is that he tested positive, but tested positive TWICE! Dana said he was all for second chances, but I think Nate blew his chance and won't get a third. I don't think that is the case with the other fighters that have tested positive, they only tested positive once right? It is a shame, and yeah something is not adding up in his explanation. My guess is Dana is mad he was not informed earlier on either, but my guess is Dana keeps tabs on his fighters about the types of meds they are on and probably wasn't aware.

  4. There is not a single testosterone ester that peaks at three weeks, or three weeks after a shot. Nate should study the half-life of drugs before making such a stupid claim.

    • Thats not what he said!Did you watch the interview?
      It did not PEAK after 3 weeks,but it was still too high for the commish.

      Ppl should watch the interview "before making such a stupid claim. "

      • Dude, read the article on MMA Fighting's own website and they quote him on it. "Because of the eight-week treatment absence, Marquardt's levels fell low, and with three weeks remaining to his fight, Marquardt's doctor gave him a testosterone shot to combat the problem. Marquardt's levels were regularly monitored and as he approached fight week, he knew they were high, but expected them to drop to satisfactory levels by weigh-in day."

        • Thats what I said,his level did not "peak",he got another shot so his level was still too high!
          Its got nothing to do with the half-life of drugs…

  5. I would say politics. The thing that is really saddest about the whole UFC franchise is they have hurt MMA by buying & killing Pride & WEC. I think in the long run bringing WEC weight classes into UFC there won't be enough exposure for fighters & the UFC franchise unless they ramp up the number of free fights on Spike &/or other networks. I honestly feel they need to have one or 2 classic bracket style competitions. That will get fighters fighting rather than dancing. I have been disappointed in the in ring activity of about 80% of the fighters over the last 2 years.

  6. Actually, even at 32 it is very likely he could need testosterone replacement after years of steroid abuse. It is a sad reality that many guys face today as they start juicing as early as high school either for sports or just for looks. They think they'll be one of the lucky ones whose body chemistry won't be completely screwed, but many of them aren't so lucky. I've worked with athletes of all levels for over 20 years and know that steroids CAN be used safely and effectively, but they can just as easily be abused and permanently impair your ability to not only perform but even just to function without them.

  7. I guess we have to wait for Dana to respond to verify this is all it was. I mean it may be more conduct than the actual infraction, but still, seems hardly a firing offense, on that merits quotes of disgust and such retributive wording in Dana's statements. Seriously, PED's would have wiped out much of the fighters in UFC history. Where do you put Shamrock, Sherk, Carwin, Lesnar, and wait… seriously, they had god damn Stephan Bonnar on the pre-fight when White was talking!! He kept his job after using… this is more a moral thing, or a ethics thing, or someone didn't play Dana's game right. I like Nate, and if he messed up then fine, but this still seems harsh with the news that's come out. Waiting for more info.


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