For the first time since his abrupt exit from the UFC, former middleweight top contender Nate Marquardt has addressed the public regarding his recent firing. Because Twitter only allows 140 characters per post, “Nate the Great” was rather selective (generic and vague) in what he revealed.
“I’m sorry to all my fans and the UFC for not passing the medicals for tonight’s fight. I’m heart broken I couldn’t fight, but I will b back,” Marquardt tweeted just moments ago.
Unfortunately, no follow up messages were issued.
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission is scheduled to host a press conference today at 4PM ET/1PM PT to discuss Marquardt’s situation.
Just minutes before Marquardt was scheduled to weigh-in for his welterweight debut, the former 185-pounder was forced to withdraw from tonight’s main event fight with Rick Story. In true keyboard warrior fashion, the rumor mill has been running rampant with possible answers as to why the commission pulled the 32-year-old at the 11th hour.
UFC president Dana White immediately sent Marquardt to the unemployment line following the PSAC’s decision.
For those that believe the excessive weight cut was the driving force behind his unexpected exit from “UFC on Versus 4,” here is the last video interview Marquardt granted just hours before tipping the scales. In the NBC Sports clip, it appears as though he has his weight under control: