Only eight months after receiving his
UFC walking papers, Nate
Marquardt has become a member of the Strikeforce
Marquardt’s signing with the Zuffa-owned promotion was announced on
Tuesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight” on Fuel TV. The former
middleweight King of Pancrase and UFC title challenger will likely
compete in the Strikeforce welterweight division, though a debut
date was not announced.
While a potential pairing with Tyron
Woodley has been rumored, Marquardt’s manager, Lex McMahon,
told Sherdog.com on Wednesday that nothing is set in stone.
“At this juncture, no opponent is finalized. We are working through
the details with Strikeforce. However, Nate wants to fight the best
in the division, and Tyron certainly qualifies,” McMahon said. “We
will respect the Strikeforce process regarding announcements, but
it is fair to expect that news will be forthcoming in relatively
Marquardt became one of the UFC’s top 185-pound competitors during
nearly six years with the promotion, besting the likes of Jeremy Horn,
Kampmann, Demian Maia
Marquardt last competed in March, notching a unanimous decision
Miller at UFC 128. The 32-year-old was then supposed to make
his welterweight debut in June, but he was removed from his
headlining UFC Live 4 contest after a pre-fight medical revealed
elevated levels of testosterone.
According to the fighter, he began testosterone replacement therapy
(TRT) under orders from his doctor in August 2010 and continued
with it through his March fight with Miller in New Jersey. After
applying for a therapeutic use exemption with the New Jersey State
Athletic Control Board, Marquardt was allowed to fight, but the
commission ordered further investigation into the matter following
According to the fighter, the NJSACB required Marquardt to
discontinue treatment for eight weeks and have his blood examined
by an approved endocrinologist. While this came to pass and
Marquardt was declared a legitimate candidate for TRT, the fighter
later explained that resuming therapy just three weeks prior to his
UFC on Live 4 appearance proved problematic.
Attempting to combat the symptoms of low testosterone, Marquardt’s
doctor recommended he undergo a more aggressive treatment in order
to compensate and return to normal levels by fight night. Instead,
Marquardt’s testosterone levels on the day of the weigh-ins
exceeded the allowable limit, and he was not allowed to fight by
the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission.
Marquardt was released soon after by UFC president Dana White, who
declared that Marquardt would never again fight for the UFC.
The fighter was also suspended by the Nevada State Athletic
Commission in 2005 after testing positive for Nandrolone, an
anabolic steroid, in his Octagon debut against Ivan
Salaverry at UFC Fight Night 1. Marquardt denied knowingly
using the substance, asserting that he used only over-the-counter
supplements prior to the bout.