Almost a year past since he was kicked out of the UFC after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone on the eve of a big fight, Nate Marquardt is finally getting his career back on track having recently signed with Strikeforce, and he’s also announced that he’s now stopped using Testosterone Replacement Therapy.
After being released from the UFC Marquardt claimed, as others such as Chael Sonnen have also done, that his doctor had advised him to take testosterone Replacement Therapy after he complained of extreme fatigue, memory loss and mood swings, with blood tests showed that his body was producing abnormally low levels of testosterone.
Normally TRT treatment is something you would continue to have for life, but now Marquardt says he’s opted to abandon it in favor of other less complicated and less controversial alternatives.
“I just feel it was so much of a hassle and stress with the commissions and all that, I guess, that the right thing for me to do right now is to choose not to do it,” Marquardt told Ariel Helwani in the latest episode of ‘The MMA Hour’ radio show. “And you know, definitely I’ve pursued a lot of other stuff to try to help my health and a lot of it’s helping. I feel great right now. I’m in really good shape, and that’s not something I’m worried about right now.”
Now, some may say that this is just a PR move and Marquardt never genuinely needed to have his testosterone boosted in the first place, but nonetheless, with there now being a growing trend of fighters moving towards the treatment – most recently Frank Mir – it is good to see someone taking the decision to step back from it instead.
We’ll get our first chance to see the new Nate Marquardt in action soon as he’s expected to face Tyron Woodley for the Strikeforce welterweight title in July.