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Nate Marquardt On Signing With BAMMA, Holds Out Hope For UFC Return

Former UFC fighter Nate Marquardt’s options once being released and banned by the promotion were looking pretty bleak — especially when talks with Bellator fell through.

However, things have turned around for “The Great,” as he recently revealed to the crew at ESPN MMA Live that he’s signed with the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts — where he will be seeking out a fight with fellow UFC castoff and BAMMA welterweight champ Paul Daley — and is quite content with how things are looking on the other side of the pond.

“I talked to some of my teammates, Tom Watson, Joey Villasenor, and they recommended BAMMA very highly,” said the 32-year-old. “They talked very well about them. They treat their fighters right, they’re the premier league in Europe and they have some great fighters from all over the world, top level competition. I’m just very excited to be fighting for them.”

The Greg Jackson-trained fighter is still keeping his hopes up that he will one day be welcomed back to the fold in the UFC, but until then, he’s happy with his current prospects in BAMMA.

“You know, it’s definitely a possibility,” Marquardt said of a return to the UFC. “But for right now, I feel like all this happened for a reason and I’m very happy with BAMMA. Like I said, my teammates talked them up very highly to me. They treat them right and honestly, for the contract I’m getting, I’m very excited. I feel that they’re treating me very fairly.”