Barely an hour ago we brought you the shock news that Nate Marquardt had failed a pre-fight medical and had been pulled from the main event of tomorrow night’s UFC On Versus 4 event, but things have now taken an even more dramatic turn.
In an extremely brief video address UFC president Dana White had the following to say:
“So I’m here at the weigh-ins. I’m sure you’ve heard that Nate Marquardt is out. It’s true. Not only is he out of this fight and out of the main event on Versus – he will no longer be in the UFC.”
Clearly something serious is going on behind-the-scenes, but so far the UFC has not commented on the exact reasons behind Marquardt’s failed medical or why they have taken the extreme step of sacking him on the spot.
It should be noted that according to E. Casey Leydon who was filming Marquardt during his weight cut earlier today, “the cut was fine. It’s something else,” though he admits he wasn’t present when the behind-the-scenes drama that lead to the fighter failing his physical and then being sacked.
Whatever the reason it’s a dramatic end to the UFC career of a long-standing servant of the promotion. Marquardt’s first bout in the Octagon came back in the summer of 2005 and he’s been a mainstay of the middleweight division ever since, going 10-4 overall and competing for the 185lb title in 2007.
After falling just short of a second bite at the title following a decision loss to Yushin Okami late last year Marquardt began to formulate a plan to take a stab at the welterweight division, the result of which was supposed to come to fruition tomorrow night against Rick Story.
Now he’s out of the promotion altogether, and with Zuffa also now owning the Strikeforce organization falling out of favor in such dramatic fashion leaves the talented 32 year-old fighter in a very difficult position going forward.
Watch Dana’s statement on the matter for yourselves below: