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Nate Marquardt Signs with Strikeforce

It appears that Zuffa has signed Nate Marquardt to fight on their Strikeforce venue.  Nearly 8 months ago Nate “The Great” Marquardt was released from the UFC by Dana White, following the results of a pre-fight drug screen.  The drug screen revealed that Nate Marquardt had elevated levels of testosterone.  Nate claims the elevated levels came from a preexisting condition, that Nate fully disclosed to the athletic commission and the UFC, that causes a deficiency in testosterone hormone production.

Following a unanimous decision victory over Dan Miller, at UFC 128, Nate was scheduled to move to up in weight for a June 2011 welterweight debut.  The fighter had a pre-fight medical exam that showed that he had elevated levels of testosterone that Nate credits due to a testosterone treatment program that he was on due to his medical condition.  The NJSACB then stated that Nate would have to discontinue treatment for 8 weeks and then reexamine his testosterone levels.  The fighter did prove to be a candidate for Testosterone Replacement Therapy but he only had three weeks to bring his testosterone levels to normal.  In order to reach normal levels, by the fight deadline, Marquardt’s doctor implemented a more aggressive treatment program to reach the desired levels in such a short amount of time.  On the night of the weigh ins, however, Marquardt’s testosterone levels exceeded the allowable levels.

Dana White then publicly stated that Marquardt would not be allowed to fight in the UFC ever again.  Now it appears that the fighter will find a home at Strikeforce, and possibly win fans, and the UFC brass, back to his side, so that Nate “The Great” Marquardt can once again entertain fight fans the world over.

UFC Strikeforce merger:

After Zuffa announced the coming merger of Strikeforce into the UFC ranks, back in March, the company has released very little information.

It seems as though the UFC wants to make the deal happen without making too much noise.  The UFC has already established and, at the time of this article, canceled a match slated for one Strikeforce fighter, Nick Diaz vs GSP in UFC 137.

Unfortunately for Diaz he has been replaced by Carlos Condit, due to not being able to keep commitments.  According to USA Today:

In Carlos Condit, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has someone grateful for opportunities rather than resentful about obligations.

Condit broke out in tears Wednesday when UFC offered him an Oct. 29 title fight with welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, following the removal of Nick Diaz as challenger. Hours later, Condit remained a bit surprised by the turn of events that moved him from a fight with former beltholder BJ Penn to a turn with St. Pierre.

This comes after Nick Diaz failed to make his second press commitment to promote the Georges St Pierre vs Nick Diaz fight.

With Alister Overeem out for the next big Strikeforce Grand Prix, and Dan Henderson already having been a UFC fighter, the UFC looks to be taking quite a bit more talent into its ranks.

 

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References

Non, Sergio (2011) Condit’s quiet professionalism displaces sullen Diaz, retrieved 9/8/2011 online at  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/mma/post/2011-09-07/condits-quiet-professionalism-displaces-sullen-diaz/546289/1

Gerbasi, Thomas (2011) Alistair Overeem – “The Reem” Means Business, retrieved 9/8/2011 online at  http://www.strikeforce.com/news/2011/06/alistair-overeem-%E2%80%93-the-reem-means-business/

Dundas, Chad (2011), UFC’s absorption of Strikeforce well underway retrieved 9/8/2011 online at http://espn.go.com/blog/MMA/post/_/id/4018/ufcs-absorption-of-strikeforce-well-underway