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Marquardt and Bellator Flirt, Have Awkward Date, Go Home Early

You know how you go on a date with someone, and they talk for two hours about their ex?  Yeah, it’s like that.

Well this is interesting.  MMAJunkie is reporting that Bjorn Rebney has confirmed talks with Marquardt and his management, but that there is no deal in place.  With all the speculation and assumptions and begging and threats and promises and retorts that have been going around, it seemed like Nate the Great was headed to the BFC to lock horns with at least one of their champions.

So what happened?  Let’s hear it from the man in black himself:

“Nate’s situation was pretty unique. It’s an anomaly for a guy like that to become available, so we had discussions. But it just became pretty clear it wasn’t the right fit.”

Wait, so, a week ago, Bellator was interested, but now, it’s just doesn’t feel right?

Very interesting, indeed.  Let us read in between the lines for a bit, if we may.

Marquardt is still active on Twitter, where a hashtag and a dedicated Twitter account are currently working to having Nate reinstated in the UFC.  Facebook is covered too.  He’s openly hoping for a return to the big time, saying nice things about Dana and responding to fans’ comments, whether they’re supportive or not.

Meanwhile, he’s free to take fights elsewhere, including Bellator, and he’s expressed a desire to fight Hector Lombard and Ben Askren, possibly in a parking lot Fatal Four Way with BJ Penn.

Bellator has shown willingness to pay their top names well, so pay was likely not the stumbling block.  Based on what we’ve heard from other fighters in the past year, Rebney and company were probably looking to lock Nate up with an extended contract.  After all, if Nate comes over and does one of those superfights where he fights the current champ but not for the title, then he beats the champ but doesn’t take the belt, and then he bounces back to the UFC in nine months… that’s just hurting the Bellator brand.  They’d no doubt want to set him up in a tournament, give him a title shot, and then keep him around as either a champion or a titan in their rankings for as long as possible.

And likely, Nate isn’t interested in a long-term relationship.  As soon as Dana changes his mind, Nate wants to be able to drop everything and head back home.  The question becomes, then, how long do you wait for the call?  We all know how well Twitter campaigns work on the Baldfather, and how easy-going and forgiving he is.

Like we said …very interesting.  We’ll keep you posted.


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Giblets- July 15, 2011 at 9:10 am
Gotta agree marciavelli, nates going to receive some real Trt from the bald father and it'll get stuck between his teeth
danomite- July 15, 2011 at 7:24 am
have fun at Shark Fights, Nate! Banned from UFC and Strikeforce, declined Bellator, Japanese MMA is a wasteland, what else is there besides Shark Fights? M-1? Pro Wrestling?
ExpectJesusBro- July 15, 2011 at 5:43 am
ArmFarmer- July 15, 2011 at 5:43 am
Why don't you guys get rid of the captcha which obviously isn't working and just delete the damn spam comments. I know you can do it, you've deleted plenty of my comments.
Machiavelli- July 15, 2011 at 5:09 am
Nate's gonna have to get his head between the baldfather's legs to get back and I have no doubt that he is ready for it too.
the silver hawaiian- July 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm
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rearnakedchickenchoke- July 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm
I have to use a bot just to get through that crapcha to post real comments!
Sarij- July 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm
-Something unexpected surprise-

Bahahaha looks the the bot owners added a captcha plugin! Perhaps CP could just throw me a few bucks and give me comment rights and I can clean up every article.

But seriously, Nate knows Bellator will always have their eye on him. If he waits 8 months and DW still has no interest in him, he can call Bellator up and confess his love that he has been hiding for them.
Cryptococcus neoformans- July 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm
newaza01- July 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm
Addition. Fuck
newaza01- July 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm
Shoulda signed Nate. He is pretty decent edition to the roster of so-so's u have now.