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Remember when Nate Marquardt was taking Dan Hardy to task over his lack of wrestling ability and subsequent complaints about it being not so entertaining?
Time for a little payback ... kind of.
That's because "The Outlaw" recently had a conversation with ESPN and had himself a gay old time at Marquardt's expense. He may have took the low-hanging fruit, being "The Great's" issues with steroids and testosterone replacement therapy, but sometimes one cannot help oneself, no?
Marquardt was recently popped by both the New Jersey Athletic Commission and the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission for elevated levels of testosterone. He also failed for steroids after his UFC debut back in 2005.
Just like B.J. Penn before him, Hardy doesn't hold back in his criticisms:
"What is he, 31 or 32? I don't want to kick a man when he's down but what's he doing needing testosterone therapy anyway at that age? I'm not that far behind him and I certainly don't need any! The thing that annoyed me is that he has tested positive for nandrolone in the past, people are aware of that, and now he's saying he needs Hormone Replacement. Maybe he wouldn't have needed Hormone Replacement if he hadn't been using something in the first place. On the bright side, he'll always have a job as a Chippendale."
Buh dum chh.
Although he's going about it in a rather crude and tactless way, Hardy does bring up a few good points regarding the issues of steroids and TRT in MMA.
Namely, the fact that otherwise healthy early thirties men shouldn't need it ... at all.
But that's for another day. This trash talk will largely go unanswered thanks to Marquardt's being exiled by the UFC. Although, a certain "mystery welterweight" has been name dropped by Strikeforce General Manager Scott Coker.
Then again, maybe not and this is all for naught. Have any thoughts anyway?