Since Nate Marquardt was released from the UFC there has been plenty of rumors regarding where he will end up, with Bellator Fighting Championships in particular being consistently linked with a move for the talented fighter.

However it seems that the promotion are now out of the running for the 32 year-old according to Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.

“The reality is that it’s not often that a top-10 guy is available … especially when he’s coming off a win,” Rebney tells MMAJunkie. “Nate’s situation was pretty unique. It’s an anomaly for a guy like that to become available, so we had discussions. But it just became pretty clear it wasn’t the right fit.”

Rebney doesn’t go into specifics, but reading between the lines it could well be that Marquardt’s pay demands were beyond what Bellator were willing to pay out at this stage. The fighter made $45,000 to show plus a further $45,000 for his last win in the UFC.

While Rebney hasn’t ruled out speaking with Marquardt again in the future, it seems that his future may lie elsewhere, with Strikeforce surely being his best bet now, with the likes of DREAM and ProElite also being amongst the frontrunners.