Nate Marquardt Fired Due To Testosterone Replacement Therapy
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Nate Marquardt finally broke his silence regarding the reason for his failed medicals this past weekend which left the UFC on Versus card from Pittsburgh without a main event and seen Dana White fire Marquardt via video on Twitter.
Marquardt, along with his manger Lex McMahon, appeared on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss the failed medicals and the time line of events that led to a crazy weekend in Pittsburgh.
The following is a summary of Marquardt_s appearance:
Marquardt says he was not medically cleared for his UFC on Versus 4 main event versus Rick Story because of a snafu with his Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT).
Marquardt said in August of 2010 he began feeling sluggish and that his memory was off. His MD did tests, which came back for a diagnosis of low testosterone. He then received clearance from a physician to undergo Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
He began HRT under a Therapeutic Use Exemption* for his fight against Dan Miller at UFC 128 in New Jersey. The New Jersey SAC, which oversaw the Miller bout, approved the testosterone therapy.
Says he received a letter around Jan or Feb from the New Jersey SAC acknowleding receipt of his TUE, but reporting that the application was incomplete, and that the treatment was not USADA approved. Nate said his MD was using an "off-label" medication.
The New Jersey SAC SACB requires three blood tests and eight weeks off treatment, which he complied with. Says he was off for 10-11 weeks.
Nate explains he felt even worse after going off treatment.
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