Kevin Iole from the Review Journal out of Las Vegas states that the Nevada Athletic commission has lifted the suspension of UFC fighter Nathan Marquardt, who tested positive for nandrolone after an August 6th fight in Las Vegas.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission had a hearing about UFC Marquardt’s positive steroid test in December.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission had the hearing and listened to Marquardt and his lawyers and made the decision to re-instate Marquardt. MMAWeekly’s Ivan Trembow orginally broke the story that Marquardt tested positive for nandrolone metabolite, after his August 6th fight with Ivan Salaverry in Las Vegas. Marquardt took two re-tests days later, and both of the re-tests came back negative, which would seem to exonerate Marquardt.
In an interview with MMAWeekly after the re-tests came back negative, Nevada’s Chief Deputy Attorney General Keith Kizer told MMAWeekly.com, “There are so many different factors here; the commission is going to consider everything before making a decision.” That decision is to now have Marquardt back in the UFC.
Following his reinstatement, Marquardt spoke briefly with MMAWeekly’s Ken Pishna. Returning to New Mexico to train with his team at Jackson’s, which includes fellow UFC fighters Diego Sanchez and Keith Jardine, Marquardt said that he is “happy with the outcome and ready to step back into the Octagon and fight.” He had no announcement as to when he will return to the Octagon, but he hopes for it to be sooner rather than later.