Though he was briefly promoted as the headliner of the upcoming BAMMA 8 fight card, possibly to take on rival Paul Daley, it’s been announced that welterweight nomad Nate Marquardt will be making his BAMMA debut against Yoshiyuki Yoshida at BAMMA 9 instead; MMAJunkie.com reported the switch.
Once a top contender in the UFC’s middleweight division, Marquardt was scheduled to make his welterweight debut with the promotion last June against Rick Story at UFC on Versus 4. However, the 32-year-old registered elevated levels of testosterone as a result of his usage of testosterone replacement therapy prior to the fight and was removed from the bout, as well as the promotion by a heated Dana White.
Still a highly-ranked competitor, Marquardt has been on the shelf since losing his job with the UFC. He had recently rebounded from a decision loss to Yushin Okami in a title eliminator bout by defeating Dan Miller. Marquardt owns a pro record of 31-10-2.
37-year-old judoka Yoshiyuki Yoshida also enjoyed a run in the UFC, but was escorted to the exit after posting two consecutive losses to Anthony Johnson and Mike Guymon, respectively. The 13-6 fighter is currently riding a two-fight winning streak, having beaten Phil Baroni in his most recent outing.
BAMMA 9 is slated to take place on February 11 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England.