Embattled former UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt was expecting his indefinite suspension to be lifted in fairly short order, but MMAJunkie.com today reports that he’ll have to wait a little longer before he hears anything official in regards to his fighting future.
Marquardt was suspended by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission as a result of registering elevated levels of testosterone during his pre-fight medical examination. The elevated levels were a result of poorly planning his testosterone replacement therapy, taking a dosage too soon before his fight and being unable to revert to passable levels in time for the pre-fight medicals.
This resulted in Marquardt being removed from the main event of UFC on Versus 4 — where he was to make his weltwerweight debut against the surging Rick Story — at the eleventh hour and subsequently losing his job with the UFC permanently, according to UFC president Dana White.
Marquardt was replaced on the card by Charlie Brenneman, who capitalized on the situation by defeatig Story to drastically improve his position in the division.
The status of Marquardt’s suspension will be determined by the PSAC on Wednesday (the 13th) of next week, some time later than Marquardt was originally anticipating.
Marquardt’s manager, Lex McMahon, is confident that “The Great” will have his suspension lifted once the PSAC deliberates next week.
“We’re 100 percent on target to get him removed from suspension,” says McMahon.