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Nate Marquardt Booked Against Yoshiyuki Yoshida at BAMMA 9 in February

(“…so yeah, I’d say I’ve been pretty smart with my money.” Photo via CombatLifestyle)

After a December meeting with Paul Daley failed to come together, former UFC contender Nate Marquardt has been re-booked at BAMMA 9 (February 11th, LG Arena; Birmingham, England) against welterweight Yoshiyuki Yoshida. The promotion confirmed the news today. Said BAMMA CEO David Green:

We are very excited to announce what we believe to be a great headline fight for the fans at BAMMA 9 for the World Welterweight Title. Yoshiyuki Yoshida is a UFC, Bellator, and One FC veteran who comes with notable wins over the likes of Dan Hardy, War Machine and Phil Baroni. Both Yoshiyuki and Nate are very excited about fighting at BAMMA 9 and although we had planned for Nate’s first fight to be in December, we believe it is worth waiting a further 8 weeks for such a great match up.”

The title fight will be Marquardt’s official debut at welterweight, and his first cage-appearance since being pulled off the UFC on Versus 4 main event and fired due to his testosterone levels being too high before the fight. Yoshida has been victorious in his last two fights against Phil Baroni and Ferrid Khedor, which snapped a three-fight losing streak in the UFC and Bellator. He will also be making his promotional debut at BAMMA 9.

And yes, Paul Daley should really be the reigning welterweight champion of BAMMA right now, but he missed weight for a title match against Yuya Shirai in February (blame the sauna), then missed weight again by a full six pounds in his follow-up BAMMA appearance against Jordan Radev in September (blame the BBQ pig ice cream).

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yuntian- November 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm
speculation that Coach Outlet France could soon senior credit strategist at Bank investors are increasingly concerned
XENOPHON- November 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm
YES. it would have given Lombard some additional clout to knock off Nate. And I think it would go down that way.
My guess is that Nate really did not get in trouble by the UFC. Instead, since the popping for testosterone happened before the fight, and not after...releasing him made the damage control much easier. Else, the UFC would have had to deal with the fact their biggest named fighters juice in one flavor or another.
Nate not going to the only other real competitor - Bellator is a tell-tail sign that he was simply told to bide his time by Dana, until he can be brought back in, with everything forgiven and nearly forgotten.
Be real, who here does not think Dana doesn't know which fighters juice, or that Dana does not condemn such practices????
superflat- November 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm
He should be fighting Lombard in one of them non-title fights Beallator is always putting on.
Fried Taco- November 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm
Nate has that look that says "Yes, I have enough testosterone to fire all these tank cannons by just thrusting my pelvis at them."