Nate Marquardt was removed from tonight’s UFC on Versus 4 main event after the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission gave the former top middleweight contender an indefinite suspension as a result of his failure to receive medical clearance. While the exact reason for Marquardt’s removal was not revealed due to HIPAA regulations, Marquardt apparently was given ample time to complete whatever medical requirements he eventually failed.
Marquardt’s camp issued the following statement on tonight’s UFC on Versus 4 pre-game show.
“Today, Nate Marquardt was not medically cleared by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission at UFC On Versus 4. Nate was looking forward to making his welterweight debut and is disappointed by this unfortunate turn of events.
“Nate wants to apologize to his family, friends, fans and the UFC. This outcome was certainly not what he wanted. At this time, Nate wants to be with those closest to him so he can evaluate his situation over the coming days.”
UFC president Dana White announced last night that the organization has cut Marquardt as a result of his failure to get medical clearance to fight. 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.