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Elevated testosterone level at root of Nate Marquardt’s release

When word surfaced late Saturday that Nate Marquardt had been scratched from the following day’s UFC Live 4 lineup and unceremoniously cut from the company’s roster as a result, the news quickly gave way to rampant speculation from all angles on the reason for the sudden shift from headlining athlete to free agent. Had he tested positive for illegal drug use? Was he injured while training and failed to inform the UFC of his condition?

The answer to those questions were given earlier today when Marquardt went on The MMA Hour to clear the air while also explaining the factors leading him to potential banishment from the UFC.

According to the 32-year old fighter, his circumstances are the result of having shown an elevated level of testosterone brought on by hormone replacement therapy he’d opted to undergo starting in August 2010. His decision to do came at the advice of a doctor after test results showed a testosterone deficiency was likely leading to some fatigue issues Marquardt had been experiencing prior to the appointment.

With the road seemingly clear after receiving an exemption in New Jersey for his bout at UFC 129 in March, Marquardt then turned his attention towards approval in Pennsylvania where UFC Live 4 was held this past weekend. However, after going eight weeks without an injection in order to satisfy a condition of his previous agreement with New Jersey Marquardt’s testosterone level had again dropped enough to merit the need for him to return to his physician for treatment less than a month ago.

Marquardt continued on to say his testosterone level was actively monitored leading up to the fight and was in decline but come time for weigh-ins it still exceeded the State’s required limit.

Citing concern about his choice of doctors, Marquardt seemed genuinely upset in the interview and revealed he learned he’d been released along with the rest of the world when Dana White posted a short, scathing video through his Twitter account.

“I just want to get past this situation right now, get off suspension, let the dust settle, and go from there,” Marquardt concluded.

The 31-10-2 former title-contender also mentioned he’d already started receiving offers to fight for other promotions and would do so at welterweight when the time comes for him to sign a deal.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC