UFC On Versus 4: Nate Marquardt Not Medically Cleared, Kicked Out Of The UFC

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Updated: June 25, 2011

Nate Marquardt was scratched from his main event fight with Rick Story earlier this afternoon. Charlie Brenneman steps in to replace him. Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo has been promoted to the main event. No word on the cause of Marquardt’s failed medicals, but UFC President is flipping mad. White furious on his twitter account, kicks Marquardt out of the UFC for good.

“I’m sure you heard that Nate Marquardt is out,” White said in a short video clip posted on his Twitter account. “It’s true. He failed his medicals. Not only is he out of this fight, out of the main event on Versus, he will no longer be with the UFC.”

Marquardt was to make his welterweight debut. Video Below,

15 Comments

  1. JBrennan

    June 25, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Damn that is the most crazy weight in I've seen in a while. What could Nate have possible have done. If he couldn't make weight then he would have just fought at a catch weight and gave up some purse. Can't wait to find out what happened there.

    I don't really have any interest in watching that event anymore. The Marquardt fight was the only really interesting one on the card.

  2. R Smith

    June 25, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    What the hell Dana. It's not like he's Chael Sonnen who disrespected the title and fought even thought he was on banned substances. The same Chael Sonnen who is facing major fraud charges in his own state. The same guy who Dana defends in the media and hasn't kicked out of the UFC.

    What could Marquardt have possible done to deserve being kicked out of the UFC like this? Marquardt is well liked so Dana better have this justified or he'll get a lot of backlash. Or he should.

  3. Ken

    June 26, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Really want to know what he did to get booted from the UFC like this. Doubt it was PED's fighters have failed tests before and didn't get released. If he didn't make weight they would have just given some of his purse up and had the fight at a catch weight. Only thing I can think of is he tested positive for a diuretic. Wonder how the UFC feels about playing the Nate marathon on spike

  4. jj77712

    June 26, 2011 at 5:52 am

    good riddens nate the great yah right he sucks so bad and is a boring fighter and would have been destroyed at WW too. the only place he might win a title is in the mfc. he fucked the ufc the morning before the fight now the ufc fucked him thats what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass larry. good job dana no one guy is bigger than the ufc and im glad you made an example of him.

  5. jj77712

    June 26, 2011 at 5:56 am

    does anyone think nate cares about all those who bought tickets to this event to watch him and now have to settle for no name talent.

    Chael sonnen at least is a ratings grabber, money maker and dam good fighter no matter what issues he had. I remember him making miller, nate, yushin and anderson look like his bitch nobody can denie that hope he comes back

  6. Bear

    June 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Yeah but was on roids when he looked so great. Maia made him look like a bitch. I disagree with you about. He has had some bad fights but has also looked good in some. I wonder if Dana's ill feeling towards the Jackson camp had something to do with this. They said he was not medically cleared not that he did not make weight. I wonder what happened? I do think it is upsetting a main event fighter could not fight the day before but nonetheless, he had to do something big or dana is just trying to make an example of him and show his power. Love the UFC but unless Nate did something stupid, Dana is alll about drama.

  7. corey

    June 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    my opinion is that he is such a good guy that he admitted to taking something during his pre fight evaluation. most guys wait to get caught but he might have fessed up to it. ouside of cocaine or hard drugs i don't see how a guy who is a top 4 contender in his weight class can be cut. other than some sort of ill feelings toward the jackson camp like Bear says…or some sort of power trip by dana.

  8. Mikey

    June 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    From a business standpoint it's got to be a power trip by Dana. Look at it this way. Marquardt at this point in time is a better fighter than Story. He would have likely won that fight. Which would have set up GSP's next matchup Marquardt vs. GSP. Now not only did the UFC lose it's main event for this matchup, but also a much bigger picture fight of GSP vs. Marquardt (or even Story) which would have been a pretty big draw.

    Now who is in the title picture. BJ Penn and Jon Fitch. Fitch has lost what one fight in the past five years. The reason he's not fighting for the title is because he's a boring point fighter to most people. BJ Penn got pretty handily beaten by GSP in their last fight. So now where does the UFC go to get an opponent for GSP?

    My opinion is that's why Dana kicked Marquardt out, because he messed up a lot of planning for the next GSP title fight.

  9. jr

    June 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Will be interesting to see what the true details were. Probably got personal or something. Shame to see such a great fighter go out this way. I would have to imagine it was illegal substances- but then come the comparisons – Sherk, Sonnen, others — they're all still in??? Sounds like BS to me.

  10. GAVINO

    June 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    MIKEY-Your one dumb son of a bitch, Nate Marquardt a match for GSP? your on drugs… first off Nick Diaz is coming too the ufc and im pretty sure he will be GSP biggest fight EVER!!!! Nick Diaz will be the new welterweight champ and wont be scared to fight anderson silva which will be a huge money maker… but despite of Nick not winning that he will run through everybody in the welterweight divison!!!

  11. david

    June 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    mikey jon lil bitch? are you serious? he couldnt even finish bj penn and nobody wants too see BJ vs GSP 3! hell the ultimate fight too the faggot GSP fans would be for GSP too cut weight since he doesnt wanna fight anderson and have him fight gayida! I can picture it now…. GSP VS LAY GUIDA jon fitch could be the ref or be jacking off too them dry humping the shit out of each other for 5 rounders and then they could all 3 have a gay grudge match somewhere…. nick diaz "COMING SOON" and trust me GSP aint standing up or if is smart wont go to the ground its will be like the anderson silva vs forrest griffin fight!

  12. T

    June 26, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    ROIDS!!!!

    Nate sucked anyway

  13. Al Van Dal

    June 27, 2011 at 4:40 am

    If he had failed a drug test they would have released it same with weight. He more likely had an injury and kept it secret from the UFC brass which cost them a main event. That would explain why he went for his medical so close to the fight. Card ended up great anyhow,Kongo vs. Barry is right up there with the greatest finishes ever.

  14. kom34

    June 27, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Al is right. i just read that all they will say is that he didn't fail a drug test and whatever it is he was notified of it six weeks ago. so dana must have thought he had enough time to get whatever it was fixed.

  15. mellow fellow91

    June 29, 2011 at 8:00 am

    marquart was boring anyway sucks balls dana made a a great decision who cares if he's a contender every1 shud be treated equal so kick him out. and wtf Gavino are u dumb? diaz sux balls the competition from strikeforce and UFC are hella different he has only faught strikers so wat duz he do tapout or out box him go back and do ur homework he's lost to wrestlers in the past hmmmm wat will gsp do? yea a win for gsp and diaz wud get raped by silva

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