Nate Marquardt was removed from last night’s UFC on Versus 4 main event, and subsequently fired by the organization after failing his medical examination on Saturday. It was revealed yesterday that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission handed Marquardt an indefinite suspension as a result of his failure to receive medical clearance.
As we reported yesterday, UFC President Dana White spoke about the situation during last night’s UFC on Versus 4 pre-game show.
“I think it’s pretty clear to the fans and everyone else that I’m disgusted with Nate Marquardt,” said White. “He’s been cut from the UFC… he won’t fight for the UFC ever again.”
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 last night against Rick Story in the main event.
PSAC executive director Gregory 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.
White called the PSAC “the best athletic commission in the United States,” however was disappointed that the commission cannot announce medical records.
“Bottom line is… what Nate Marquardt did is bad enough to be cut from the UFC,” exclaimed White. “Because of the laws of the state of Pennsylvania, Nate Marquardt is going to have to man up and come out and tell the world why he didn’t pass his medicals… and when he does that, I think everybody will understand why he was cut by the UFC.”
Marquardt responded by stating that he will address his failed medicals tomorrow.
“I will personally be addressing all issues regarding my medicals, etc this Tuesday,” Marquardt wrote on his Twitter account last night.
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.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.