He may still be looking for a job, but things are starting to look up for Nate Marquardt, as his indefinite suspension by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission was today lifted.
The embattled former UFC middleweight contender was placed on suspension after registering elevated levels of testosterone prior to his UFC on Versus 4 main event fight against Rick Story and was released from his UFC contract as a result of bulling pulled from that bout at the last minute.
“The Great” appeared on MMAFighting.com’s The MMA Hour following the incident to discuss how he had accidentally improperly implemented his testosterone replacement therapy, resulting in the elevated levels.
Now free to explore his future fighting options, Marquardt’s camp released a statement regarding his uplifted suspension to MMAJunkie.com.
“Today Nate Marquardt was taken off suspension by the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission. “This comes less than three weeks after not being medically cleared to fight at UFC on Versus 4 in Pittsburgh and being placed on suspension. Nate is no longer restricted from fighting in any jurisdiction and is looking forward to competing in mixed martial arts again as soon as possible.”
Rumor has it that Marquardt is in talks to join the Bellator roster (which makes sense, considering Zuffa now owns Strikeforce, the former most lucrative refuge for those exiled by the UFC) and the statement his camp released indicated that he is playing the field and that, when he returns, he’ll do so in the welterweight division.
“Nate is currently fielding a large number of offers from several MMA promotions and is excited at the wide range of options he has before him. Nate is still one of the best MMA fighters in the world and will resume his career in the sport after deciding which venue is right for him. He felt very comfortable with the drop to welterweight and will most likely compete in that weight class. Nate would like to thank his sponsors, family, and friends who supported him through this difficult time.”