Nate Marquardt's Testosterone levels were "Out of Range" for the fight against Rick StoryPosted on June 28, 2011, 02:01 PM by Anton Gurevich
A combination of bad judgment, timing, and high testosterone levels were the reason behind Nate Marquardt's shocking withdrawal from the scheduled UFC on Versus 4 main event fight against Rick Story.
In an exclusive interview to Ariel Helwani on MMAFighting.com's MMA Hour, Marquardt revealed he was unable to bring his testosterone levels back to normal, after an aggressive treatment (TRT) he started during training camp for the fight against Dan Miller at UFC 128.
Marquardt was out of normal range few hours before the weigh-ins, but according to his statement, he went back into normal on June 26th, the day when he was supposed to fight Rick Story.
Emotional and heartbroken Marquardt explained step by step the events contributed to his release from the UFC, claiming that he still wants to fight for the promotion. Nate Marquardt's manager Lex McMahon (Alchemist Management) was also in the studio to share his thoughts on the situation.
And here are my few thoughts on this whole issue.
There's a thin line between actually having a medical condition which requires TRT, and bringing yourself to that medical condition in purpose - just so you could have TRT. My good friend Matthew Roth from HeadKickLegend.com explained to me that one of the most common reasons for low testosterone levels is dehydration, which can be easily achieved during "sweaty" training, weight cuts, and sauna. So, it looks like Testosterone Replacement Therapy can be easily become a common issue in MMA, especially when fighters know and can bring it back into normal levels before the fight.
--He began treatment using the "therapeutic use exemption" in his fight against Dan Miller at UFC 128 in New Jersey after his primary physician diagnosed him with low testosterone in August of 2010.
--Nate was advised by his doctor to pursue a new, "more aggressive therapy" three weeks out from his fight against Rick Story. He took a blood test two weeks out from the fight and the levels came back too high. His doctor then told him to get off the treatment.
--McMahon says they are already seeking out a specialist to help with his low testosterone.
--Marquardt says the weight cut had nothing to do with his decision to resume TRT but believes it could have altered his blood levels, causing the levels to be elevated on the day of the weigh ins (blood "concentration") and significantly decreased the very next day.
--Nate talked to Dana after the shit hit the fan and while it wasn't said right away, he had the feeling he was done. Says he knew he messed up and that it was "real bad." McMahon says they didn't know Nate was fired until he saw it on Twitter.
--Marquardt still wants to fight at 170 and will not yet commit to fighting for another promotion. Wants to "let the dust settle." Hints at trying to get back into the UFC at some point down the road.