Texas Commission Confirms Nate Marquardt ‘Met All Medical Requirements’ for 2010 Fight with Palhares


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After disclosing the terms of his hormone replacement therapy on Monday, more information about Nate Marquardt’s fight history over the last few months has come to light.

Marquardt stated that after feeling sluggish and having extreme mood swings that he began a course of medication in August 2010.

The Colorado fighter admits to filing for a medical exemption with the state of New Jersey for his March 2011 bout against Dan Miller, but there were still two more fights that fell into that timeline prior to the fight at UFC 128.

One of the fights, a November 2010 bout against Yushin Okami, took place in Germany and falls under the UFC’s own medical testing run by company vice president Marc Ratner. The other fight was his main event bout against Rousimar Palhares in Austin, Texas, in September 2010.

The timing of the bout would have been approximately a month after Marquardt stated he started the therapy to increase his testosterone levels.

On Wednesday, Susan Stanford of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that Marquardt “met all medical requirements” for his fight with Palhares.

While Texas, much like Pennsylvania, due to HIPPA laws cannot reveal specifics regarding an athlete’s specific medical records, they did confirm that Marquardt filled out and completed a pre-fight screening, and passed all of their medical requirements.

Marquardt’s management team at Alchemist also confirmed that when speaking with MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday.

“There was no issue that I know of with the Texas Commission in September at all. Nate’s levels were within range at that time,” Alchemist representative Kelly Crigger said.

Marquardt did file for a medical exemption for his condition and treatment when applying for a license in New Jersey, and the commission there notified the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission, which started the chain of events that culminated with Saturday’s weigh-ins and Marquardt’s eventual release from the promotion.

Marquardt was unable to get his testosterone levels back into acceptable ranges prior to his scheduled fight with Rick Story, and thus the Pennsylvania Commission would not allow him to fight.

Hours later Marquardt was off the card and also out of a job.

This is at least one more piece of the puzzle solved as Marquardt continues to rebuild his name and work towards his future in fighting.


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