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Tune into The MMA Hour Today: Marquardt’s Gonna Talk

What are you trying to tell us, Nate?

Quick head’s up, Nation.  While Nate Marquardt has been mum since a series of unfortunate events over the weekend about what exactly is going on, it’s been announced that he would be addressing his issues today.  Well, surprise, surprise:  the Barbara Walters of MMA (and we mean that in the most complimentary way possible) landed the interview, with Marquardt scheduled to appear on The MMA Hour today at 1pm.

What We Know (not much):

*  Marquardt completed his paperwork and was licensed to fight, but was unable to clear up a medical issue with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission.

*  Whatever it is, the Baldfather is pissed.  Nate was summarily fired for … whatever it is.

*  He didn’t fail a drug test.

*  It’s not the AIDS.

Anything beyond that is just rumor and speculation, although there are a ton of “insiders” willing to share the “scoop”.  We would link to some of this speculation, but there aren’t enough words in this post to link to all of them, and they’re all pretty worthless at this point.

We’ll all get the story straight from the man himself here in about an hour, so everyone just be cool.  Tune in here at 1, and you’ll know as much about this as we do.  Unless you happen to be Nate Marquardt, in which case, dude, call us.


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FrontKick Dentist- June 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm
Pray to God for a working set of balls.
blackboxmma- June 28, 2011 at 11:53 am
And what is rick story's excuse for being jacked up on roids?
Uppercut Magnet- June 28, 2011 at 11:35 am
Here. Did your work for you, Cage Potato.

Former UFC middleweight title contender Nate Marquardt Tuesday revealed that elevated testosterone levels caused his sudden and unexpected withdrawal from UFC Live 4.

In what was supposed to mark his welterweight debut, Marquardt was to face Rick Story in Sunday's main event at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. However, on the day of the weigh-ins, Marquardt was denied medical clearance by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission and pulled from the contest that same day. The UFC found a replacement opponent for Story in Charlie Brenneman, and UFC president Dana White announced that Marquardt was not only off the card, but also out of the promotion.

Appearing Tuesday on “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani, Marquardt explained that he began feeling “sluggish” and “moody” last summer. Those feelings turned out to be symptoms of low testosterone, according to the one-time middleweight title challenger.

“I was not medically cleared because of a situation I’ve been dealing with since August. Last year, I was feeling sluggish and my memory had gone out the window. I was irritable,” said Marquardt. “I knew something was wrong. Felt like I was over-training when that wasn't the case.”

The fighter asserted that he began testosterone replacement therapy on the recommendation of his primary care physician. This carried on until his fight with Dan Miller at UFC 128 in March.

“I got the fight with Dan Miller in New Jersey, where I applied for a therapeutic use exemption. They came back and said they would let me fight this fight, but they wanted to make sure that I needed the treatment. They said my doctor submitted paperwork that seemed incomplete,” said Marquardt.

“They wanted me to go off treatment for eight weeks, take three blood tests and have an endocrinologist examine them to make sure I still needed treatment. The endocrinologist wrote out a letter that said I had low testosterone and I was a candidate for hormone replacement therapy and that I should go back on treatment.”

By the time the eight-week cycle had been completed, Marquardt was three weeks away from his fight at UFC Live 4. In light of close proximity to the fight, Marquardt claims his doctor recommended he undergo more aggressive treatment in order to combat his symptoms and bring his levels back up to normal.

“[My doctor] said [therapy] wouldn't make me feel better by the time of my fight unless we did a more aggressive treatment,” said Marquardt. “So I was on the treatment for two weeks and I took a blood test, which is normal throughout treatment to make sure you're in normal ranges. That test came back high. At that point, my doctor said I should go off treatment and hope that I was down to normal levels. At that point, I was panicked.”

Though Marquardt says his levels did drop during the week of the fight, they did not drop quickly enough. The day before the weigh-ins, his level was still too high, and he was suspended by the commission. However, Marquardt said that he took another test on the day of the fight and found his levels were within range.

“The week of the fight, I requested several tests. Each test showed my levels were going down. I took a test on weigh-in day, and it was still above the range that that commission was going to let me fight,” said Marquardt.

“At that point, I was told that I was going to be put on suspension. The day of the fight, I woke up and took a test. That test came back well within ranges. I took a test with a doctor from the commission yesterday, and it had gone down even more so.”

Though Marquardt asserted that he has been honest and he has communicated through the entire process, he did admit that he should have been more informed during his recent therapy.

“We knew I had to be within range. I should have requested testing earlier. That's one of the biggest mistakes I made was not requesting blood tests earlier from my doctor,” said Marquardt. “We knew I had to be within range. I should have requested blood tests earlier from my doctor. I'm not a doctor, but I have to take responsibility. My doctor wasn't fighting. I’m the one fighting, and I messed up. There are things I should have done, and I have to take responsibility for that.””

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission will meet tomorrow to discuss Marquardt's suspension.

“I spoke to [Commissioner Gregory Sirb] today, and he said I’d essentially met the requirements for my suspension to be lifted,” said Marquardt.

Marquardt had split his last four bouts in the Octagon before receiving his walking papers. After falling to Chael Sonnen to begin 2010, “The Great” rebounded with a TKO victory over Rousimar Palhares in September before closing out the year with a unanimous decision loss to Yushin Okami in November. Marquardt started 2011 with a victory, besting Dan Miller at UFC 128 in March.

Though Marquardt admitted his weight cut may have increased his levels due to his dehydration, the fighter believes that the cut was not the source of his problems and intends to stay in the welterweight ranks.

“I'll definitely still be at 170 pounds,” said Marquardt. “If my levels weren't elevated in the first place, the weight cut wouldn't have made the test higher.”

In regard to his UFC future, Marquardt said he was not surprised that White released him. However, Marquardt hopes that he can overcome the setbacks and return to the UFC.

“It's a nightmare. It's very stressful. At the same time, I lean on my faith in God, and my wife has been so supportive. I’m such a blessed man,” said an emotional Marquardt through tears. “I want to apologize to the fans. I feel like I let them down. I feel like I let my family down, and I obviously upset the UFC and my sponsors. I just hope everyone can forgive me. I’m trying my best.”
newdeal- June 28, 2011 at 11:34 am
the flood gates for fighters using testosterone replacement in order to increase levels to the highest part of the normal range have officially begun.
Me likey- June 28, 2011 at 11:30 am
trt is a joke. i went to a trt place to get checked and they said it was low. i did a follow up with my doctor because you need to get a prostate exam before therapy. my personal physician said my levels were within normal range. i did the trt anyway and felt better and gained more muscle mass. did i really need it? probably not but it sure helps! as you get older your test is gonna drop. they keep try to keep you in the range of an 18 year old.
Gladheateher- June 28, 2011 at 11:26 am
Ben Askren is calling Nate a cheater, and challenging him to a fight in Belitor via twitter wtf
Androiddrew- June 28, 2011 at 11:23 am
Long term steroid use can cause hypogonadism. That, and the mumps. Maybe his parents didn't believe in vaccinating their children.
MMAposeur- June 28, 2011 at 11:13 am
Official update, CP?
kellyman- June 28, 2011 at 10:58 am
"Here's the great thing about the human condition..." was about when my head exploded in unsympathetic rage.
Tai-Pan- June 28, 2011 at 10:45 am
Are you absolutely, 100%, HIV positive?
Mofo- June 28, 2011 at 10:43 am
Thanks Crap Factory! (Mental image of a commercial for Crap Factory, purveyor of the finest in feces: smiling kid says "Thanks Crap Factory!" while covered in shit like Slumdog Millionaire)
jimbonics- June 28, 2011 at 10:32 am
Not HIV but full-blown AIDS.
Crap Factory- June 28, 2011 at 10:31 am
Lots of testicle talk.......
El Guapo- June 28, 2011 at 10:31 am
Also, whatever happened to Nate Gets Irate? That dude was comedy. Did he succumb to the Great MRuss Exodus of Twenty Ten?
El Guapo- June 28, 2011 at 10:25 am
You know that "Raid" commercial where the roaches know they're f'kd and yell in unison "Raaaaaid!"? Yeah, of course you do. Replace raid with 'roids and say it like you mean it..
amsterdamheavy- June 28, 2011 at 10:17 am
To add to the above post - Nate has always seemed like a nice guy and I do feel bad for him at some level, but still, responsibility is a real bitch.
amsterdamheavy- June 28, 2011 at 10:16 am
test therapy but the PA Athletic Commission wanted confirmation and proof that he needed it. He was off HRT for 8 weeks, passed tests got approval, and then his Dr. put him on a "more agressive treatment because what he was doing wouldnt *help* him for his upcoming fight". After a couple weeks on the "more aggressive treatment" he was tested and his Test levels came back way above *normal* range. Even WITH Test therapy you have to be in normal ranges. He was still over normal range the day of weigh-ins and so he failed his medicals. ***Personal opinion, HRT/TRT is a loophole that will allow these guys to cycle unless there is constant monitoring by someone who knows what they are doing. Nate's backne and previous bust for steroids says to me that this is NOT innocent and he deserves what he gets.
ktronics- June 28, 2011 at 10:12 am
Wow same bullshit as Sonnen, unbelievable.
Crap Factory- June 28, 2011 at 10:10 am
@ MoFo:

Testosterone therapy.
Mofo- June 28, 2011 at 10:09 am
Can someone update us here when he spills the beans? For those of us who can't check the MMA Hour at work.
Viva Hate- June 28, 2011 at 10:08 am
Who knew Chael's junk was contagious.
Crap Factory- June 28, 2011 at 10:06 am
Chael Sonnen Syndrome?
noizy- June 28, 2011 at 10:04 am
Hypogonadism. Damn, what up with middleweights.