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Helwani Interviews Marquardt, Twitter Asplodes

“Doc comes back and says, ‘Nate, you have the testosterone levels of a 35 year old man,’ and I just broke down.  ‘Doc,’ I told him, ‘I’m only 32!  Is there anything you can do to help me?’

You have to hand it to the team at MMAFighting for nailing down the exclusive with Nate Marquardt yesterday. Everybody wanted to talk to him, but it was Ariel Helwani who welcomed Marquardt and manager Lex McMahon to the microphone for a heart to heart. Mike Chiappetta provided the Cliff’s Notes version of the interview to get the ball rolling on Twitter, and the discussion quickly took off.

The short interview was dissected and commented upon in real time on Twitter, and the reactions continued throughout the evening. What follows is only a *small* sampling of Twitter’s response to Nate’s release and the subject of Hormone Replacement in MMA. Keep in mind that Marquardt already has a Twitter dedicated to getting him back in the UFC, and a matching hashtag #BringNateBack that saw plenty of use yesterday as well.

It was also interesting to note that a lot of Zuffa fighters were unwilling to touch the subject.  Usual Tweeting suspects were strangely silent on the hot topic; take from that what you will.  On the other hand, there were a few fighters who had some choice words on the subject, and they did not beat around the bush.

Go ahead and wade through this collection of Tweets from yesterday, and then share your expert analysis and vital opinion in the comments.  Is Nate a good guy that has made some bad choices?  Is he a nefarious schemer looking to get any advantage he can?   What about the larger issue of HRT/TRT/PEDs in MMA?  Should Dana continue to clean house until fighters learn to stay away from anything questionable?  Should athletic commissions just legalize everything from horse steroids to heroin?

After all, PRIDE was awesome, right?

[RX]

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Jason Statham- September 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm
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noizy- June 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm
No, no. no. Here's what we ought to be doing you bunch of hippies. First of all, who's to say what's right or wrong. There's nothing in the Bible about PED. It's not PED that's ruining the sports, it's the regulations that's artificially creating these fake moralities. and hurting the fans I say, let's deregulate the MMA market. Disband these commissions costing the tax-payers some thousands of dollars a year, and let the market decide what's right and wrong. We should also cut the marginal tax rate on Dana White and Zuffa; it's the wealthy people that can promote fights, and the more money they have the more fighters can work as a result. If Zuffa can put on more fights, it's in everyone's best interest. These regulations are just hurting the fans. That's it folk. And don't forget to vote from Michelle Bachmann in 2012. That's the year the world ends too BTW. USA. USA. USA.

(Disclaimer: this comment does not reflect the opinions of the person who posted it and is a complete farce.)
ByrneDout- June 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm
I do think that Low Testosterone is very real disorder. I know it is not very often diagnosed because it costs Health Care companies too much but m uncle in his id 50's just got diagnosed and said it changed his life, he was grumpy, low energy, and weak. Now he is on a therapy that allows him to walk again without crippling pain, he doesn't have mood swings and is a changed man. But I know he had lots of trouble even after getting diagnosed actually getting the prescription he needed.
I am not saying whether some athletes need or do not need this but it is real and watching Nate talk I believe he may have needed it.
I myself have always been in great shape but always felt that my testosterone was low since hs and stated it not even knowing it could be possible and I think it would be unfair for me to not get treated if I was going to compete at a professional level.
macreadysshack- June 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm
I'm with you, Me.
Me- June 29, 2011 at 12:26 pm
In reality most or all athletes use some form of Performance Enhancer, be it a drug, a surgery or something else. For example, cortisone shots to the knees/back, surgery on joints and damaged tissue, etc.

Think about this one; Tiger Woods got LASIK surgery quite a while ago because he was complaining about seeing down range accurately. His eyes were corrected to beyond 20/20 and now has an enhancement over other players on the field. This is fundamentally no different than using a drug to temporarily boost your performance.

As is always stated, drugs themselves do nothing if you don't have the work ethic to take advantage of them. If there is nothing to enhance, what good are they? I don't see anything wrong with the regulated use of PED's just as there is nothing wrong with getting cortisone to put you right back in the game. Even something like ibuprofen should be illegal if they want to really want to go down this road.
macreadysshack- June 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm
I don't mind if athletes use PEDs. I guess I'm in the minority who think what if one does PEDs in a rational and intelligent way, they are not very harmful and only give an athlete an edge in recovery and a bit of strength. If guys go overboard with it - like James Thompson or whomever - they're fucking themselves up AND they prolly won't perform well when they have to cut the cycle to fight. I still like and respect Nate. I still hate 'public Chael' and like 'in person' Chael. It doesn't make a bit of difference to me.
Machiavelli- June 29, 2011 at 11:21 am
Fatty McDickbutts must know "my butt burns" Rex, that Metamucil comment was all about him.
RwilsonR- June 29, 2011 at 11:08 am
Thanks B. Fowlkes for stating the obvious. You've gotten so serious and uninteresting since you left us.
Shaky- June 29, 2011 at 11:01 am
Can you stop these autoplay fight of the week videos. Because I am well over my dl allowance and they are costing me money. I'm going to have to stop visiting CP as a result. I love you so don't let this happen!
Badger- June 29, 2011 at 10:57 am
Am I the only one who thought Arianny claimed to be boning BJ? "<3" looks a lot like a stout penis and only slightly looks like a heart. I'm not into "twitter", but come on, I know somebody else had issues with it too.
Me- June 29, 2011 at 10:45 am
How dare Arianny! She took the steroids of modeling long ago and it has paid off quite nicely.
Fatty McDickbutts- June 29, 2011 at 10:35 am
^ She was with Tiki Crapson whaddya' think, buddy?
Rampages Conscience- June 29, 2011 at 10:28 am
This really is a shame, Nate was such a good, well-rounded athlete. I guess people go to extreme measures once they hit the ceiling.

Side note: do you think Arianny ever banged BJ Penn? If not, maybe he has an opening now.
El Famous Burrito- June 29, 2011 at 10:21 am
Rex, this was the worst episode of Keyboard Warriors yet.
I was gettin some Tito- June 29, 2011 at 10:21 am
BJ Penn is still a cunt.
Morningwood- June 29, 2011 at 10:21 am
Rex me too. and still nothing from Chael. What gives? Could he be feeling bad for his cheating brother? Or maybe we need to wait until Nate's mom is implicated in a scam for laundering doctor's prescriptions...
Dynamo- June 29, 2011 at 10:08 am
I know this site deals with a bit of satire so I'm not really going to take most of the comments seriously, we all know (at least should) it doesn't work like that.

It does seem a bit of a double standard though, and a gray area that the UFC has only themselves to blame for. I guarantee there many more who currently take this than have not come forward. (for good reason at this point)

Two Words: ZERO TOLERANCE

Anyone currently battling "low T", give them leave and say come back when it isn't a problem. If you need life long therapy find a new job.
Eyes red as Fedor- June 29, 2011 at 9:46 am
^Bong Tar speaks the truth. If these dudes with huge muscles and jaws like steam shovels have low testosterone then every other guy in society does as well. This is indicative of a bigger problem in society of doctors recklessly prescribing whatever their clients ask them for.
BONGTAR- June 29, 2011 at 9:41 am
TRT is a sham, just a loophole. It doesnt belong in MMA or any sport. I'm no doctor, but if you had low T levels to begin with, how are you even motivated to go to the gym and be a fighter? It's just a way to gain an edge, an unfair and undeserved one.
jimbonics- June 29, 2011 at 9:40 am
Fuck Nate "The Great, I'm Fired" Marquardt. Fuck Greg Jackson too. Fuck ABQ. Fuck roided up meth-heads.
 
Fuck All Y'all.
Eyes red as Fedor- June 29, 2011 at 9:33 am
If you can't do it of(sic) Spam, burritos, and surfing you're a weak main-lander, brah.
Fatty McDickbutts- June 29, 2011 at 9:30 am
its* btw
Fatty McDickbutts- June 29, 2011 at 9:29 am
Oh, and Pride WAS awesome... People get so strung up over 'roids... At this point, I feel that it's more fun to watch people fight when they're roided out anyways. Take the 'roids away and they lose 15-20lbs and look sluggish *gives awkward glance to corner where Shane Carwin is sitting*.

It's humanity in it's truest form. Why do you think most Rockstars OD before they turn thirty?

Some choose to be helped by drugs, and pay the price for doing so... It's no man's business telling said user whether or not he should or shouldn't be allowed to compete..

In a way, we should be honoring these people for the sacrifices they're making for our entertainment. I know that isn't probably the mindset competitors have when they use PEDs, but if you think about it - these people are sacrificing I'll say AT LEAST a good twenty or so years of healthy living so we can watch them crush people.

So, I salute you, Nate Marquardt.
Fatty McDickbutts- June 29, 2011 at 9:21 am
metamucil*
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