They say time heals all wounds and in the case of UFC President Dana White’s contempt for welterweight Nate Marquardt it appears to be true. A little less than two years ago, Marquardt was cut by the UFC after an issue with testosterone use forced him out of a headlining fight at the last second. The situation prompted White to say Marquardt had no business in the world’s foremost MMA organization and wouldn’t be invited back.
Now, with the testosterone issue cleared up and Marquardt a Strikeforce champion, it appears White has reconsidered his stance.
“I would have to say so,” said White to media members at UFC 155 when asked if Marquardt would be invited to join the UFC after Strikeforce folds in early 2013. “I was never in a bad way with him. I like Nate Marquardt, he’s one of the nicest guys ever. You know how I get; I get bummed out when guys do stuff like that. You’re a professional, show up here and do what you’re supposed to do.”
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Marquardt has only fought a single time since being cut by the UFC, knocking out Tyron Woodley in July to procure the Strikeforce strap. He holds an overall record of 32-10-2 including 24 stoppages and past wins over the likes of Dan Miller, Martin Kampmann, Rousimar Palhares, and Demian Maia.
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC/STRIKEFORCE