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Marquardt Reveals That Medical Issue That Prevented Him From Being Licensed for UFC Live 4 Was Testosterone Replacement Therapy-Related

(Does this look like the face of a cheater?)

Nate Marquardt appeared on The MMA Hour on this afternoon to break his silence on the details surrounding the purported medical issue that prevented him from fighting on Sunday night’s UFC Live on Versus 4 card in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Marquardt revealed that he suffers from low testosterone levels and has been under the care of an unnamed physcian who prescribed Testosterone Replacement Therapy to counteract the condition. He explained that he recently switched from using prescribed pills to increase his body’s natural testosterone production capabilities of his testicles and pituitary gland to receiving doctor’s injections of synthetic testosterone to regulate his levels, but as a result of a double dosage the week prior to his scheduled bout with Rick Story and the weight cut to make 170 lbs for his UFC welterweight debut his levels were too high to be granted approval by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission.

“The Great” told host Ariel Helwani that the PSAC doctor explained that the lack of water in his system due to the dehydration process of weight cutting likely skewed the test results as it “thickened” his blood and made the concentration much higher than it would be under normal conditions.

According to Marquardt’s manager Lex McMahon from Alchemist Management, they learned of Marquardt’s dismissal from the UFC from Dana White’s Twitter posting the night of the weigh-ins, just like everyone else. Although he would not speak for the UFC president as to whether or not he was serious when he said Marquardt would never fight for the promotion again, McMahon said they were optimistic things would be sorted out over time, but what’s important is that his client goes home and gets the support he needs from his family and friends and that he pays it forward in kind.

Nate seemed irritated by Helwani’s query as to whether or not he had or would be contacting his physician to question him about what caused his levels to get so far out of whack, but said that part of the issue is that he had been using an “off-brand” version of testosterone other than the one prescribed for him. Translation: “I bought a test product from Asia that was much cheaper before the UFC ponied up on health coverage.”

McMahon stated that there has been no shortage of promotions who want Marquardt to fight for them, which I can verify since I spoke to at least two promoters who mentioned they had enquired about acquiring the former King of Pancrase’s services. At least there won’t be any lack of opportunities for the married father of two.

The question is, with the growing prevalence of T deficiency in fighters like Marquardt and Chael Sonnen among others a condition that is strongly linked to the rigors of longterm weight cutting — is there a way to prevent it becoming an epidemic so incidents like these don’t happen more and more often? Is it worth the health risks for a slight weight advantage?


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Mtsurf- June 29, 2011 at 10:55 am
My wife is a Pharma Rep who sells testosterone replacement drugs to doctors, and she send that there is no chance that past dieting could effect your long term testosterone levels. You body just doesn't process that way. She did state though that it is a very common side effect of men with steroid abuse in their past.

Also real Docs do not sell you black-market drugs from Asia. That Doc would lose his cert in a heartbeat. If dollars and cents were really that big of an issue, the Doc just would have given him the free samples and coupons directly to the patient.

Pills are hard on the stomach, rub on gels are better for longterm use, and injections cause massive spikes when first injected into the system but they drop off quickly too.

The story is bunk. It wasn't the lack of water in his system, but the fact he used an illegal injection prior to the fight and he didn't allow enough time to allow the drug to drop-off. Bad timing dude. Oh, and stop finding your doctors on Craigslist.
The Fresh One- June 29, 2011 at 6:50 am
Hesh, stop defending your hero and his tiny prepubescent balls. I did watch the interview and it was the biggest load of self serving crap I've ever heard. The summary is: I tried to exploit a gray area loophole, and failed. Half the interview was his agent saying "What's important here is..." Also, rather than being spoonfed excuses, do a little research.

***Testosterone levels drop significantly with dehydration, they do not rise due to "thickening of the blood."

Nate is full of shit his eyes are brown, and would have better defended himself by saying he camped with Sonnen and was grapple fucked so hard and deep, and Sonnen's levels were so high, they rubbed of on him. Much more believable than the "woe is me" defense.
Hesh to Steel- June 29, 2011 at 5:43 am
I can understand having an opinion on this issue, even a really strong one, but just LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW first. This includes you, cagepotato writers. Theres a difference between "off-label" and "off-brand". Most of these comments make it obvious that nobody did anything other than read the headline.
RSparrow- June 29, 2011 at 4:14 am
He had the entire mma world trying to catch his show. But he's still a jew for not getting Overeem his Ipad.
RSparrow- June 29, 2011 at 4:05 am
Christ, Helwani really grabbed a hold of the mma world quick... anyone else notice? Props, that dude's on top of the world right now.
JoseMonkey- June 29, 2011 at 3:21 am
"I bought a test product from Asia that was much cheaper before the UFC ponied up on health coverage."

I suspect you were probably half-joking with this statement, but this is likely not the case. The UFC is providing *accident* insurance for fighters, not health insurance. This sort of thing wouldn't be covered under the newly rolled out benefit.
SnackDaddy- June 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm
Sounds like he needs a new physician. Mail ordering cheap substitutes from Asia? What kind of shady, ammaturish practice is this? Sounds like something a teen would do while looking for cheap and non-regulatory substitutes for viagra. Either Nate is bullshitting, as i don't believe any half decent doctor would recommend doing this, or he's the most irresponsible person around. Eitherway, he deserves to be sacked.
NuKKLeHeaD- June 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm
He probably has low test from using steroids in the past. I'm pretty damn sure most MMA fighters use them...They just aren't dumb enough to get caught.
jimbonics- June 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm
Lamps Armstrong approves of all of this. How does a turd like chael still have a job?
rampageisgod- June 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm
Can we stop acting like Fail was this huge Pay Per View draw for more than one fight? The guy sold a ton of fight, not fights. His ass needs to go as well.
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DangadaDang- June 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm
I'm going to have to go with the crowd here and call bullshits.
RwilsonR- June 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm
I just think this explanation is likely leaving quite a bit out. It is just conveniently making Marquardt seem like a victim. And what about the part where the PSAC told him to get his shit together 6 weeks out from the fight? What happened to that? (note: have not listened to actual interview; just read the article here)
RwilsonR- June 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm
Nate can go to Bellator, and he and Hector Lombard could have an injection party pre-fight.
That would be a good fight, actually.
macreadysshack- June 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm
@ArmFarmer - I think that's pretty much what Nate always looks like. He's always jacked.

As for comparing the above photo to the CP one, I think the CP one was taken after he'd cut to 170. I'm sure there's some air brushing and touch up done on the cover but Nate's always been very well muscled.
Tai-Pan- June 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm
+1 Ballkick
ArmFarmer- June 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm
You guys realize that for a magazine cover they are going to do everything possible to make him aesthetically pleasing. Not only are they going to modify the picture by airbrushing or whatever, but he probably got a vicious work out in right before it was taken. For those of you who don't lift anything but a beer to your mouth, when you work out you get a "pump" and you look enormous. I'm not even very big and I look like I'm juicing if I take my shirt off right after a heavy upper body work out. Anyone on here that lifts weights knows what I'm talking about.
Not saying that necessarily means anything, but you can't judge a book by it's cover in this case.
Fried Taco- June 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm
I dunno, El Guapo, the ladies tell me I'm massive.
Giant Panda- June 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm
as (somewhat) mentioned, Dana backs Chael (and other fighters with dubious actions like Rampage) over guys like Nate because of ticket/PPV sales. Chael and Rampage are full of shit but they sell the hell outta fights. and don't forget what airbrushing/computer enhancement can do for muscle appearance on the cover of a magazine with the word "muscle" in the title.
this does remind us of the dark underbelly of professional fighting - how many guys are juicing in some form?
El Guapo- June 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm
Well, I wouldn't say we're MAAAAASSIVE hypocrites. Really big hypocrites? Yes. Huge hypocrites, even? Yes. Massive? Not so much. Hope that clears things(not bacne, tho)up.
Kimbos Bread- June 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm
In 20 years, Renzo Gracie will reference this fiasco when he insults Nate's kids while referencing their father's nutsack.
Ballkick- June 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm
Nate after cutting weight, noticed right out of the gate, his balls started to deflate.
So Chael said, hey wait, I got something that works great, if you don't mind the hate.
So Nate said mate, I'll suffer your fate, and fool the commission in any State.
So Nate took the bait, and paid the shipping and freight, determined not to be second rate.
......but Nate stopped taking it too late, too close to the date. To show up straight.
And although his balls did re-inflate, the doctor's from Pen State said wait there's no fight on your plate.
Dana was Irrate at Nate, told him the UFC was a clean slate, and didn't hesitate, in showing Nate the Great, the exit gate.
Great, Nate made us wait, to hear the details of his state, even though we all did postulate, that Nate's fate would be about his new trait, of juicing it up to over compensate.

Now Nate ain't so Great.
intercept440- June 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm
he shoots its up its up swooshhhh!!!! nuttin but net
Mike Russell- June 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm
FYI, here's Mir's M&F cover after he won the UFC HW strap the first time:
intercept440- June 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm
im all for giving a guy the benfit of the doubt , but look at his magazine cover and look at the free cage potato pic one , and it doesnt take a fucking genius to know he had more juice in him than a bull rhino with a hard on