Nate Marquardt’s return to the cage is nearly complete, as the former UFC contender will compete at BAMMA 8 in December, according to the organization.
“We’re looking for Nate to debut in December at the next show,” Liam Fisher, head of BAMMA business development said. “Nate’s coming over for BAMMA 7 and he’s going to be spending a week with us, we’re doing some press over in the UK and bits of filming here and there, and we’re sitting down with Nate to talk opponents.”
Marquardt (31-10-2) has not fought since defeating Dan Miller in earlier 2011. He was set to meet Rick Story at UFC on Versus 4, but an elevated testosterone test came back high and he was suspended.
The UFC released “The Great” after the positive test, and Marquardt has been on the sidelines ever since.
Speaking about the BAMMA 170-pound division, Fisher said there are plenty of strong options for Marquardt.
“It’s a division we don’t have a title holder at the moment, it’s definitely something that we’re building. Nate’s a part of that, he wants to fight at welter, he doesn’t want to fight at middleweight. We’re discussing opponents right at the moment,” Fisher said. “We’ve got a few ideas, we’ve got a few signings in the works at the moment and like I said we’re trying to build our welterweight division.”
An exact date or location for BAMMA 8 has not been announced.
Marquardt competed once for a UFC title, falling to Anderson Silva in 2007. He also lost two middleweight title-eliminator fights to Chael Sonnen and Yushin Okami.