When the whole Nate Marquardt Mystery Cancellation / Firing happened, I said hey, don’t worry. Pittsburgh is crawling with MMA media, there’s no way we won’t know what the fuck is up with Marquardt by the end of the weekend. Yet here we are, back at work on Monday morning with no definitive answers!
The Pennsylvania athletic commission did however share some information that goes a long way towards explaining why Nate was fired, though:
According to Sirb, Marquardt and the UFC were notified that he had not met the necessary medical requirements as of six weeks ago. He was given up until an hour before weigh-ins on Saturday to resolve the situation, but he was never able to clear things up.
“Nate has known for probably about a month and a half. He knew the situation. It was no surprise. Everybody (including the UFC) knew. Everybody’s known. I think everybody assumed he was going to be able to qualify,” Sirb said.
“I thought he would (qualify); I really did.”
Because of strict medical privacy rules in the state of Pennsylvania the commission is unable to provide any details as to what Marquardt did not complete prior to the Saturday deadline.
“We’ve known about it and we gave him every opportunity. The last report we got was three o’clock (Saturday). We gave him as much leeway as we could. Obviously we’ve got a live event, you’ve got to make the call. The UFC made the call when we said no he’s not going to meet it,” Sirb commented.
So even though we don’t know WHY Nate didn’t pass his medicals, the dude had six weeks to sort his shit out and he didn’t get’r done. Even if this was nothing more than forgetting to fax a couple of pieces of paperwork, pooching the main event of a fight card seems like reasonable grounds for a firing.
But it’s not a couple of pieces of paperwork, otherwise we’d know by now that it’s just a couple of pieces of paperwork. There’s some tantalizing secret behind the medical clearance Marquardt couldn’t take care of. It’s so personal that at least some of the media in Pittsburgh knows what’s up but are waiting for Marquardt to address it.
Nate’s camp released a statement during the event saying he ‘will personally be addressing all issues this Tuesday.’ Hopefully he doesn’t 180 and pull a Shane Carwin, although it’s not like he can show up several months later pretending nothing happened like Carwin did.
My take on what happened after the jump.
Doctor: What’s that on your lips?
Nate: Uuuuuh … nothing.
Doctor: Its not herpes, is it?
Nate: Um, not really. Er, no! Of course not!
Doctor: I’m gonna need a doctor’s note confirming that.
Nate: FFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUU… I mean, sure, no problem!