Former UFC middleweight number one contender Nate Marquardt is back in good graces. Well, at least with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission (PSAC).
Marquardt failed his pre-fight medical exam prior to the UFC on Versus 4 event last month in Pittsburgh, leaving the promotion in a last-minute scramble to find a new main event after the PSAC barred him from participating.
It turns out the testosterone levels in his blood stream were too "Great" to let him compete after multiple blood tests revealed he was not within acceptable ranges for competition.
The spike was blamed on Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), which Marquardt later admitted to using to combat the combined effects of his age and history of professional fighting.
So why has his suspension been lifted?
"He met all our medical requirements," according to PSAC Executive Director Greg Sirb, who today confirmed the report with MMA Fighting. That makes Marquardt eligible to compete in the state of Pennsylvania -- it just won't be with Ultimate Fighting Championship.
That's because UFC President Dana White booted him from the Zuffa roster after he threw the June 26 fight card into turmoil just 24 hours before it was set to air live on the Versus network. Charlie Brenneman was able to step in on super-short notice to fight Rick Story, but it didn't do anything to preserve Marquardt's employment.
Nevertheless, he's served his suspension. But how soon until we see him fight again? And for which promotion?