While the details about why Nate Marquardt was removed from Sunday’s UFC on Versus 4 card remain in the dark, the Colorado fighter and the UFC had known about the potential issue for the last six weeks.
Pennsylvania Athletic Commission executive director Greg Sirb revealed the information when speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday.
According to Sirb, Marquardt and the UFC were notified that he had not met the necessary medical requirements as of six weeks ago. He was given up until an hour before weigh-ins on Saturday to resolve the situation, but he was never able to clear things up.
“Nate has known for probably about a month and a half. He knew the situation. It was no surprise. Everybody (including the UFC) knew. Everybody’s known. I think everybody assumed he was going to be able to qualify,” Sirb said.
“I thought he would (qualify); I really did.”
Because of strict medical privacy rules in the state of Pennsylvania the commission is unable to provide any details as to what Marquardt did not complete prior to the Saturday deadline.
“We’ve known about it and we gave him every opportunity. The last report we got was three o’clock (Saturday). We gave him as much leeway as we could. Obviously we’ve got a live event, you’ve got to make the call. The UFC made the call when we said no he’s not going to meet it,” Sirb commented.
“Pretty straight forward stuff. He had to meet these requirements and there were no and, if, or buts about it and unfortunately he did not.”
The executive director did say that while the commission is unable to say what Marquardt did or didn’t do, Marquardt is able to speak about it, but as of Sunday neither the fighter nor his management have made a statement.
“We can’t say anything. This state is real tight on those types of laws. HIPPA laws are very strict. If Nate’s here, I don’t know if he’s here or not, he’s free to talk,” Sirb stated.
Sirb admits that he felt bad for Marquardt not being able to fight. After the situation reached a boiling point on Saturday, UFC president Dana White released Marquardt from the promotion.
“I told him I felt for the kid. I really did. He knew about it, he was trying, and he missed out on a big payday,” Sirb said about Marquardt.
As far as the future fallout for Marquardt following Saturday’s events, he still has to satisfy the medical issues that kept him from competing on the card. He will be indefinitely suspended until he satisfies the commission’s requirements.
“He didn’t meet the requirements, the medicals anyway. He’s going to be put on suspension. When he meets those requirements, he’ll be taken off. How long the suspension is, is up to him,” Sirb said.
“He needs to show us a new report. If that report comes in and it meets our requirements, it could be tomorrow and we’ll take him off. It could be two months, but it’s an indefinite suspension until he brings in that report we’re looking for.”
Once Marquardt was out, Sirb said his replacement Charlie Brenneman was able to hop in with no issues because he had already completed all the necessary requirements. Brenneman was previously set to compete on the UFC on Versus 4 fight card until his opponent T.J. Grant fell of the card due to sickness.
Now the local fighter gets a chance to fight on his hometown card and face Rick Story in the co-main event of the evening.
“A bad situation, which is what it is, creates a Rocky story for Charlie Brenneman,” Sirb said.
MMAWeekly.com has made several attempts to reach Marquardt and his camp, but as of the time of publication they have not made a statement or returned any calls.