Few details have emerged regarding Nate Marquardt’s removal from the UFC on Versus 4 main event, but MMAJunkie.com has learned that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission has given Marquardt an indefinite suspension as a result of his failure to receive medical clearance.
PSAC executive director Gregory Sirb appeared at a press conference today addressing Marquardt’s removal from the card and the consequences he will now face.
“He’s been put on suspension,” Sirb said. “When he meets those requirements, he’ll be taken off. How long of a suspension (it will be) is up to him.”
Marquardt was dropping from middleweight to welterweight for the first time, but all indications were that the weight cut was going smoothly and that the fighter would be healthy enough to compete tonight against Rick Story in the main event. Sirb stated that he is unable to reveal the exact reason for Marquardt’s removal at this time as a result of HIPAA regulations, but that Marquardt had ample time to complete whatever medical requirements he eventually failed.
“We gave him every opportunity,” Sirb said. “The last report we got was 4 o’clock yesterday. We had given him as much leeway as we could, but obviously, when you’ve got a live event, you’ve got to make a call at that time. (It’s) pretty straightforward stuff. You’ve got to meet these requirements, and there’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. Unfortunately, he did not. I felt for the kid. I really did. He knew about it, and I think he was trying.”
UFC president Dana White revealed last night that Marquardt has been cut from the UFC as a result of his failure to get medical clearance to fight and Sirb’s revelation that whatever it was which prevented “The Great” from competing had been brought to Marquardt’s attention over a month ago provides an inclination as to why.
Though Marquardt no longer retains his position on the UFC roster and is currently suspended, he will be allowed to return to MMA competition — once he completes the requirements of the PSAC.
“He needs to show us a new report,” Sirb said. “When that report comes in and he meets our requirements, which could even be tomorrow, we’ll take him off. It could be two months, but it’s an indefinite suspension until he submits that report we’re looking for.”
Marquardt is a fourteen-fight veteran of the UFC; he was considered to be a top middleweight and his promotional record stands at 10-4.