UFC President Dana White made a special appearance on Versus ‘UFC Live 4’ pre-fight show this evening specifically to address the situation regarding Nate Marquardt’s failed medical and subsequent sacking from the UFC yesterday.
A day on from the incident White made it clear that he hadn’t been acting on the spur of the moment when he announced that Marquardt had been firing, and revealed that Marquardt now has a life ban from the promotion.
“He won’t fight in the UFC ever again,” an angry White stated.
While he wouldn’t say exactly what the issue was White did state that, “For me to say Nate’s not gonna fight in the UFC anymore, it’s gotta be serious.”
And White insisted that despite Marquardt having a reputation as being a nice guy outside of the Octagon, he couldn’t look past the fact that he was completely in the wrong on this occasion.
“We all make mistakes. People make mistakes. We’re human beings. It’s going to happen. It’s how you handle it. And Nate Marquardt is a nice guy. He’s a sweetheart, and he always says the right things. But being nice and acting nice and doing the right thing are two different things.”
Now the UFC President says Marquardt will have to, “man up and come out and tell the world why he didn’t pass his medicals.”
Continuing to put the former UFC Middleweight no.1 contender to the sword White said, “I’m disgusted with him…he has no business in the UFC.”
So, while we still don’t know all the details, it’s clear that this is the worst case scenario for Marquardt and he now faces a very uncertain future in the sport of mixed martial arts with his reputation in tatters and his options limited.
Watch White’s full interview below.
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