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Testosterone Replacement = Reason for UFC on Versus Scratch

Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen have much more in common than a fight at UFC 109.

Marquardt revealed today that he, too, suffers from a testosterone deficiency for which he took prescribed testosterone and sought a therapeutic exemption to continue his career.

That exemption, as it turns out, proved to be his undoing at UFC on Versus 4. When Marquardt did not deliver on a promise to produce the exemption for the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission, he was not medically cleared to fight.

Marquardt explained the unfortunate circumstances during Tuesday's edition of "The MMA Hour" on MMAFighting.com. He and his representatives had declined comment until the appearance on the program.

Marquardt said he first noticed a change in his health this past August and received clearance from his primary doctor to undergo hormone replacement therapy. He added that the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, which oversaw his previous bout against Dan Miller at UFC 128, approved his testosterone therapy.

Following Marquardt's removal from this past Sunday's card, PAC Executive Director Greg Sirb told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the fighter had been placed on indefinite medical suspension until he met the state's requirements for licensure. While he declined to discuss the details of the suspension, he added that Marquardt had been given six weeks to resolve the issue which caused it.

"He needs to show us a new report," Sirb said. "When that report comes in and he meets our requirements, which could even be tomorrow, we'll take him off. It could be two months, but it's an indefinite suspension until he submits that report we're looking for."

Prior to today's disclosure, rumors had run wild about the circumstances surrounding Marquart's denial, which prompted UFC president Dana White to permanently fire him from the UFC. Initial speculation pointed to a weight-cutting problem, as it was the fighter's first appearance at welterweight. Then, predictably, talk shifted to possible performance-enhancer use and a possible failed drug test.

Those rumors were shot down when a video shot during Marquardt's weight cut showed him making the 170-pound limit without issue, and Sirb's disclosure that the fighter had not popped positive prior to the event.

Marquardt was replaced just hours before the weigh-ins for UFC on Versus 4 by Charlie Brenneman, who ended up winning a huge upset victory over the highly touted Rick Story.

During the "UFC on Versus 4 Pre-Fight Show," a statement was released by Marquardt and his representatives.

"Nate wants to apologize to his family, friends and fans of the UFC," the statement read. "This outcome was certainly not what he wanted. At this time, Nate wants to be with those closest to him so he can evaluate his situation over the coming days."

Sonnen, who outpointed Marquardt at UFC 109, was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission following his decision loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117. In an appeal of the suspension, he revealed his use of prescribed testosterone as a treatment for hypogonadism and argued that he had properly disclosed his use to the commission. His suspension was later halved from one year to six months, and he was fined $2,500.

Marquardt was 6-3 as a middleweight before deciding to drop to the welterweight division.

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Post #1   6/28/11 1:10:26PM   

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So what is Nate saying? I'm listening and it's a little confusing.

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Posted by Budgellism

So what is Nate saying? I'm listening and it's a little confusing.



People on the Underground are saying it's the "Chael Sonnen Excuse" (Testosterone Replacement). I can't confirm or deny that...I'm not listening.

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It definitely seems that way now. I'm just confused why he got cut from the ufc so quickly. Sonnen didn't.

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Posted by Budgellism

It definitely seems that way now. I'm just confused why he got cut from the ufc so quickly. Sonnen didn't.



Sonnen fought and *then* was busted. Nate caused the scrapping of a main event with just over 24 hours notice.

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Posted by Budgellism

It definitely seems that way now. I'm just confused why he got cut from the ufc so quickly. Sonnen didn't.



Sonnen fought and *then* was busted. Nate caused the scrapping of a main event with just over 24 hours notice.



Fair enough but for Dana to say he's "disgusted" with Marquardt doesn't make sense. Especially the way Nate is explaining it. Apparently if the testing was done the day of the fight he would be cleared to fight, it was just a little mistake made by himself and his doctor. Something isn't adding up here in my mind.

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Posted by Budgellism

Fair enough but for Dana to say he's "disgusted" with Marquardt doesn't make sense. Especially the way Nate is explaining it. Apparently if the testing was done the day of the fight he would be cleared to fight, it was just a little mistake made by himself and his doctor. Something isn't adding up here in my mind.



I don't think he would be doing himself any favors by lying if he's holding out hope that he *will* get invited back to the UFC sometime down the road. Hopefully all the facts end up coming out. I'm with you...I think something's being left out.

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can anyone put this in English?

I get the deficiency part but have no clue what the hell the exemption is....


edit: by the way, i just can't describe the level of frustration i have. i FINALLY find out what happened & now im even more confused!!!!!

he is allowed to do what he did for his Miller fight, but he gets fired immediately for how he handles it for the story fight. He does something that sounds exactly like what Chael did & he gets fired but Chael doesn't



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Wow they pretty much found away to legalize drugs. Just tell them you have a "testosterone problem."

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From what I read. Nate's testosterone levels were too high for the AC. They were good and was cleared when he fought Dan Miller. But too high for this fight.

If he could get it resolved and had over a month to get it down, why didn't he?

Idk if there is a way to get the level down or what not.

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I think the fact that a very similar thing just happened with Sonnen had a lot to do with the White's reaction towards Marquardt. If the Sonnen thing hadn't happened, then I bet Marquardt would still be in the UFC.

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Sonnen, who outpointed Marquardt at UFC 109, was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission following his decision loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117


UMM if i remember correctly Sonnen was submitted in the final moments of the 5 round....

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Posted by Twenty20Dollars

From what I read. Nate's testosterone levels were too high for the AC. They were good and was cleared when he fought Dan Miller. But too high for this fight.

If he could get it resolved and had over a month to get it down, why didn't he?

Idk if there is a way to get the level down or what not.




That's what it sounds like to me. I was wondering the same thing about why he didn't get his ratio down. However, monitoring his ratio is probably not as easy as say, monitoring your blood glucose level. Still, if he knew 6 weeks ago that his ratio was too high, then I would think that he would either reduce his dose or do whatever is necessary to monitor it as his fight nears.

This is probably all the information we are going to get on the situation though.

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Posted by GrandMaster313


Sonnen, who outpointed Marquardt at UFC 109, was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission following his decision loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117


UMM if i remember correctly Sonnen was submitted in the final moments of the 5 round....



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Posted by Budgellism

It definitely seems that way now. I'm just confused why he got cut from the ufc so quickly. Sonnen didn't.



Don't forget Marquardt was caught with PEDs before and Dana gave him another chance.

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