Nate Marquardt flexes at the UFC 128 weigh-ins. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
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Marquardt was scheduled to fight Rick Story in the main event of UFC on Versus 4 two weeks ago. A week before the fight, a blood test administered by the New Jersey commission revealed levels of testosterone above the allowed limit. Pennsylvania told Marquardt that his levels would need to fall within an acceptable range or he would not be allowed to fight.
By Saturday, Marquardt's testosterone levels had fallen, but still put him out of range. Pennsylvania informed the UFC that they would not allow him to fight. UFC President Dana White released Marquardt via Twitter later that day.
Marquardt has yet to sign with another promotion, but rumors indicate heavy interest from Bellator. Ben Askren and Hector Lombard , Bellator's welter- and middleweight champions, respectively, have both called out the former King of Pancrase in the last two weeks.