After enduring a few verbal potshots from Nate Marquardt ever since he fought “The Great’s” teammate Georges St-Pierre at UFC 111 in March of 2010, Dan Hardy was recently given the opportunity to strike back at his developing rival.
“The Outlaw” recently spoke with ESPN UK on the subject of Marquardt’s recent dust up with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission over his testosterone replacement therapy, which saw him pulled from the main event of UFC on Versus 4 at the eleventh hour for registering elevated testosterone levels and subsequently fired by the UFC.
Like many, Hardy openly questions the legitimacy of Marquardt and other fighters’ need for TRT, as well as pointing out that this isn’t the Greg Jackson protege’s first bout of trouble with an athletic commission over PEDs.
“What is he, 31 or 32?” The 29-year-old Hardy questioned. “I don’t want to kick a man when he’s down but what’s he doing needing testosterone therapy anyway at that age? I’m not that far behind him and I certainly don’t need any! The thing that annoyed me is that he has tested positive for nandrolone in the past, people are aware of that, and now he’s saying he needs Hormone Replacement. Maybe he wouldn’t have needed Hormone Replacement if he hadn’t been using something in the first place. On the bright side, he’ll always have a job as a Chippendale.”
Also like many others who’ve commented on Marquardt’s situation, Hardy admits that the 32-year-old family man is about as amiable as they come, but expresses disappointment that they won’t be able to settle their grudge now that Marquardt’s lost his place in the UFC.
The British slugger left with some advice for Marquardt:
“It’s his battle to fight now. He’s got some owning up to do and he’s got to get himself back on track. There’s nothing to say he can’t get back on track and I hope he does because he’s got a lot of talent. He needs to realize it’s all about hard work in the gym.”