BREAKING NEWS: Former UFC Middleweight Contender Nate Marquardt Fired

June 25, 2011
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Nate Marquardt at UFC 102

Nate Marquardt at UFC 102

Things went from bad to worse very quickly for Nate Marquardt on Saturday.

Marquardt was not medically cleared to fight in the main event of UFC on Versus 4, and then, a short time later, he found himself out of a job.

“It’s true. He failed his medicals. Not only is out of this fight and out of the main event on Versus, he will no longer be with the UFC,” stated UFC president Dana White in a short video post on, shortly after the UFC on Versus 4 weigh-ins.

When it first came to light that Marquardt was out of Sunday’s main event, Kelly Crigger, a representative of Marquardt’s management company, Alchemist Mixed Martial Arts, said, “He was not medically cleared. It is nothing serious.”

UFC officials at the weigh-in stated only that Marquardt didn’t pass his physical. Whatever the reason for that was, White apparently found it much more serious than what initial reports indicated.

He wasted no time posting the video statement on announcing Marquardt’s firing. He fell short of clarifying exactly why the former middleweight contender had been fired, other than to say that he failed his medicals in Pennsylvania. has made several attempts to follow-up with the Marquardt camp, but was unable to reach anyone for comment at the time of publication.

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  • M.C. Hammer needs to step in and fix this.

  • bdono554

    what the @#% how the $^%# did you @^$%& @$$#@ @^$#6

  • ShockednAwed

    Stunner, no?!

    My assumption for now is Nate’s not disclosed something he’s either known about, or in Dana’s opinion should have known about; or it’s something that (again, in Dana’s opinion at least) he’s brought on himself.

    Sucks for Nate, sucks for the card.

    • ShockednAwed

      Just saw the video now – thanks Bus – and boy, that’s one pissy UFC president!! He must have used some incredible restraint to not finish with, “So F-you, Nate.”

  • wonggfan

    Nate took of his shirt and Dana saw “Fedor Pride 4 Life” Tattoo. Couldn’t clear medicals because of the tattoo.

  • Mario

    BUT WHY???



  • Darren2112

    It will come out. It always does.

  • Maybe he got caught trying to pull a Thiago Silva. I just watched the MSNBC video that showed Nate cutting weight and he had no issues. He was on weight (170.8) and looked good. Maybe he got caught with fake urine.

    Guess we’ll find out later today. They are saying the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission will be holding a press conference this afternoon at 4 p.m. ET.

  • ShockednAwed

    So I was kinda right – it was an ongoing issue they all knew about, and he didn’t fix it. If the commission felt it shouldn’t / wasn’t going to be a problem, it’s becoming clearer why Dana looked so pissed off and canned him.