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British Association of Mixed Martial Arts signs top free-agent Nate Marquardt

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Nate Marqaurdt (31-10-2) is heading across the Pond.

British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) officials today announced a multi-fight contract with the former UFC contender and King of Pancrase.

"As soon as we received word that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission lifted Marquardt's suspension, we jumped at the chance to sign him," BAMMA exec Liam Fisher stated. "He is a top-ranked contender and an asset to any promotion. Words cannot express how excited we are that Marquardt is now fighting under the BAMMA banner."

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Post #1   7/22/11 10:30:02AM   

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dumb move, imho..who fights in BAMMA anyways..up and comers..i think i know only one person that fights outta there (not Nate, lol)..i thought he shoulda went to Bellator to face a tough challenge in Hector..they said they woulda give him a shot rite away..guess he rather fight some bums..it would be funny as hell if he lost his first fight in BAMMA..

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I like how NAte said he wanted to fight teh best or something like that...LMAO what a joke...

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Posted by RhythmAndStyle

dumb move, imho..who fights in BAMMA anyways..up and comers..i think i know only one person that fights outta there (not Nate, lol)..i thought he shoulda went to Bellator to face a tough challenge in Hector..they said they woulda give him a shot rite away..guess he rather fight some bums..it would be funny as hell if he lost his first fight in BAMMA..



Actually, according to a recent interview, Nate wanting a title shot right away is one of the reasons they *wouldn't* sign him to a contract. They were planning to stick to their tournament format with no exceptions.

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it seems like a HUGE step down for nate

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Not to speculate/accuse or throw rumors to the wind...but does BAMMA test? For anything? Someone mentioned it on Twitter and I thought it was a valid question...

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Posted by emfleek

Not to speculate/accuse or throw rumors to the wind...but does BAMMA test? For anything? Someone mentioned it on Twitter and I thought it was a valid question...



In the article Nate said they do.

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Posted by emfleek

Not to speculate/accuse or throw rumors to the wind...but does BAMMA test? For anything? Someone mentioned it on Twitter and I thought it was a valid question...



In the article Nate said they do.



My bad. The article I had read earlier didn't mention that.

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Posted by RhythmAndStyle

dumb move, imho..who fights in BAMMA anyways..up and comers..i think i know only one person that fights outta there (not Nate, lol)..i thought he shoulda went to Bellator to face a tough challenge in Hector..they said they woulda give him a shot rite away..guess he rather fight some bums..it would be funny as hell if he lost his first fight in BAMMA..



I thought Bellator said they weren't interested in Nate. This was really one of the only options he had left.

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Imo, not the best place to take your talents but with everything being equal, I just wanna see Nate fighting sooner rather then later

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Posted by kingsmasher

I like how NAte said he wanted to fight teh best or something like that...LMAO what a joke...





Marquardt did want to fight the best they had. That's why Bellator turned him down, because he wanted an immediate title shot. He didn't want to go through the tournament format.

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Bamma aint that bad
They got kong watson and trigg fighting for the belt
Nate may get a title shot from winner of those two

Nate could face baroni or drop to welter maybe face paul daley

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Posted by prozacnation1978

Bamma aint that bad
They got kong watson and trigg fighting for the belt
Nate may get a title shot from winner of those two

Nate could face baroni or drop to welter maybe face paul daley



Nate is going to fight at WW...not Middleweight.

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I think he's under the impression he can work his way back up by leaving a string of newbs on the ground behind him.. he should have played ball with bellator and taken a nontitle fight up front. if he has ANY hope of getting back to UFC it's gotta be by making waves all over again.. GET VOCAL NATE

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Huh.


At least it's not YAMMA, I guess.


Maybe they'll give the mythical WAMMA MW belt.

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