Nate Marquardt’s post-UFC career took an unexpected turn at the weekend when it was announced that he’s left the UK’s BAMMA promotion before he’s even had a chance to fight for them.

In a statement Marquardt’s camp revealed that the decision to sever ties with the company came after his debut was delayed for a second time. He had initially been expected to appear on the BAMMA 8 fight card in November, but his fight was then moved back to BAMMA 9 in February.

When that event was also pushed back until March 24th, a full year after Marquardt’s last fight for the UFC, his management decided it was better to move on and “explore other options”.

The race for Marquardt’s signature was keenly contested last year after he was fired from the UFC for testing above normal limits for testosterone prior to an event he was due to headline.

Many predicted that he would end up either in Bellator or Strikeforce (and those rumors will now resurface after today’s news), but the ambitious BAMMA promotion beat them to the punch, unveiling Marquardt as their biggest ever signing.

While it appeared to be a good move for the UK promotion at the time it seemed like a curious choice for Marquardt given that they weren’t well known outside of the UK and had a limited roster of fighters that included few star names.

Now that he’s back to being a free agent Marquardt himself is simply eager to get back into the cage as the earliest opportunity in a meaningful fight.

“Nate is one of the best fighters in the world and looks forward to fighting the best competition possible,” his manager Les McMahon stated.

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