Nate Marquardt relieved of his PSAC suspensionPosted on July 13, 2011, 04:49 PM by Joey Santosus
Top Middleweight turned Welterweight contender Nate "The Great" Marquardt is now officially free to resume his mixed martial arts career.
Executive Director Greg Sirb tells MMAJunkie.com that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission relieved Marquardt of his suspension Wednesday afternoon after the former UFC title contender passed all of his necessary medicals and met their requirements.
Marquardt was forced out of his scheduled bout against Rick Story at UFC on Versus 4 last month after failing to receive medical clearance due to elevated levels of testosterone (an effect of prescribed TRT). As a result, he was subsequently released by the promotion and placed under indefinite suspension pending the PSAC's clearance.
Marquardt's camp has since confirmed the news, and while there has been no word on where exactly he will continue his professional career, Alchemist Management VP of Communications Kelly Crigger has stated that he is currently fielding multiple offers.
"Nate is still one of the best fighters in the world and will continue his MMA career," Crigger told LowKick.com. "He's got a big decision to make. Nate is a fighter and wants to continue to fight, but he has to decide where that will be. It's not an easy decision. It might take some time."
Marquardt (31-10-2) signed with the UFC in 2005, winning his first four consecutive fights en-route to challenging Anderson Silva for the Middleweight title. After failing to dethrone the champ, Marquardt went on to pick-up six additional victories, including wins over Martin Kampmann, Demian Maia, and Rousimar Palhares before being released with 10-4 UFC record.
Anderson Silva, bottom, fights Nate Marquardt during UFC 73 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA on July 7, 2007. Photo credit: Francis Specker