On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission lifted their indefinite suspension on former UFC star Nate Marquardt. The move comes exactly 17 days after “Nate the Great” was abruptly pulled from ”UFC on Versus 4” after failing his medicals.
PSAC executive director Gregory Sirb confirmed the news with MMAJunkie, while Marquardt’s camp issued a statement to the website on their client’s behalf.
“Today Nate Marquardt was taken off suspension by the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission,” the note read. “This comes less than three weeks after not being medically cleared to fight at ‘UFC on Versus 4’ in Pittsburgh and being placed on suspension.
“Nate is no longer restricted from fighting in any jurisdiction and is looking forward to competing in mixed martial arts again as soon as possible.”
Marquardt appeared as an in-studio guest on The MMA Hour shortly after the controversy and revealed the Testosterone Replacement Therapy he was medically prescribed triggered him to register high levels of testosterone and flunk his pre-fight medicals. It was the second time he had failed a drug test under the UFC’s watch.
Now that the Octagon, as well as their little brother Strikeforce are out of play, the 32-year-old may turn his attention to Bellator Fighting Championships if he would like to remain stateside. Marquardt could also venture back to Japan where he experienced tremendous success prior to joining the UFC.
Drug testing is far much more lax overseas. Although, you compete at your own risk in regards to payment.