After being cut from the UFC last month, longtime middleweight contender Nate Marquardt has signed a multi-fight deal with the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts.
“I’m very excited to be working with BAMMA,” Marquardt said. “They hold sports regulation in high regard and mandate it for their athletes. They are also known for signing top-level fighters and I want to fight the best. I can’t wait to show everyone what I’m capable of in the welterweight division.”
Just less than a month ago, Marquardt was set to make his welterweight debut in the UFC — a division where he was expected to make great impact. He was to meet then-surging Rick Story in the main event of UFC on Versus 4 in a fight that many expected would be his coming out party. However, Marquardt registered elevated levels of testosterone during his pre-fight medicals the day before he was set to face Story and was removed from the main event, then subsequently and unceremoniously fired from the UFC.
No date or opponent has been announced for Marquardt’s debut with BAMMA, however BAMMA vice president Liam Fisher told ESPN that it could be as soon as September.
“If we do line him up for September,” Fisher said, “I think his next fight will be in February. We’ve already penciled that in pending fitness.”