After much anticipation, Nate Marquardt (Pictured) will finally break in his BAMMA contract on February 11th when he meets Yoshiyuki Yoshida for the vacant welterweight title.
Most were hoping the former UFC star would face Paul Daley at next month’s “BAMMA 8” event, but those rumors never came to fruition.
“Although we had planned for Nate’s first fight to be in December, we believe it is worth waiting a further eight weeks for such a great matchup,” BAMMA CEO David Green stated.
Marquardt was slated to headline “UFC on Versus 4” opposite Rick Story this past June, but was abruptly pulled from the card just minutes before the official weigh-ins because he failed to meet the medical requirements issued by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission.
The 32-year-old was immediately released by the UFC, which allowed him to sign with BAMMA this past July.
Shortly after the controversy, Marquardt revealed the Testosterone Replacement Therapy he was medically prescribed triggered him to register high levels of testosterone and flunk his pre-fight medicals.
Yoshida is two months removed from a unanimous decision victory over Phil Baroni at ONE FC. The veteran has rattled off two straight wins.
“BAMMA 9” takes place inside the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. Their welterweight affair is expected to headline the show.