The Pennsylvania Athletic Commission have held a brief press conference prior to this evening’s UFC On Versus 4 show in Pittsburgh to address the circumstances surrounding Nate Marquardt’s failed medical yesterday which resulted in him being pulled from the main event and subsequently fired from the UFC.
Here’s The PSAC’s Gregory Sirb’s statement in full:
“Nate failed the medical requirements for the fight and was put on suspension by the PA athletic commission until he provides a medical report showing that he’s satisfied those requirements. He was given every opportunity to meet the requirements up until Saturday at 3 pm. The Athletic commission is not free to disclose what requirements he failed to meet.”
Due to medical confidentiality the commission cannot disclose what the problem was, only Marquardt himself can do so. The Commission have confirmed however that if it was a drug related issue then they would be able to divulge it.
That appears to rule out the possibility that this was Performance Enhancing Drug related, and points towards it being some health related matter.
Interestingly Sirb says that Marquardt knew of the problem six weeks ago and was given every opportunity to address it. The fact that he didn’t do so, leaving the commission with no choice but to suspend him on the day before the fight is perhaps the clearest indication we have yet as to why the UFC opted to fire him yesterday.
Still, the overall picture of what happened here still remains cloudy. Stay tuned later to find out what, if anything, UFC president Dana White has to say about the situation when he appears on the Versus pre-fight show at 8pm ET this evening.