Nate Marquardt will take on Tyrone Woodley Saturday for the Strikeforce welterweight title. Marquardt was cut by the UFC last year after failing a pre fight physical.
We soon learned the reason. He had been doing testosterone replacement therapy and was unable to get his testosterone levels back to normal prior to his fight with Rick Story.
Dana White was furious over the situation. Never had we seen a fighter be cut just hours before the weigh in of an event he was headlining.
Marquardt signed with BAMMA after being released from the UFC, but was soon cut from the promotion. Strikeforce recently signed him and he is now fighting for the title in a very shallow Strikeforce.
Obviously, the ultimate goal is to get back into the UFC and fight for the title there. He needs to show that he can stay clean and get his testosterone levels under control. If he can do that and beat Tyrone Woodley Saturday it will bring him close to re entering the UFC.
Strikeforce will soon dissolve into the UFC and Marquardt will need to show that he deserves to get back in the big leagues. Josh Barnett had to do the same and he had a lot more drug issues than Marquardt. We never knew the issues Marquardt had until it all came out at one time. Now the key is for him to show he’s clean and the title contender he was at middleweight.