Nate Marquardt BAMMA debut set for Dec. 10 in Nottingham

via mmapundit.co.uk

"Great" news from the United Kingdom.

Former UFC middleweight number one contender Nate Marquardt is booked to make his UK debut at BAMMA 8 from the Capital FM Arena on Dec. 10, 2011, in Nottingham, England.

An opponent for his welterweight debut has yet to be announced, but with names like Paul Daley, Frank Trigg and Tom Watson attached to the overseas promotion, there are certainly plenty of 170-pounders to choose from.

Marquardt failed his pre-fight medical exam prior to the UFC on Versus 4 event last June in Pittsburgh, leaving his former employer in a last-minute scramble to find a new main event after the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission (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.

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 and after briefly flirting with Bellator Fighting Championships following call-outs from Ben Askren and Hector Lombard, the three-time middleweight "King of Pancrase" found his home across the pond.

And the promotion couldn't be happier.

"As soon as we received word that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission lifted Marquardt's suspension we jumped at the chance to sign him," said BAMMA's Liam Fisher. "He is a top ranked contender and an asset to any promotion. Words cannot express how excited we are that Marquardt is now fighting under the BAMMA banner."

BAMMA is excited. Marquardt is excited. But what about the fans?

Does today's announcement get you excited? Or not until you know who his opponent is?

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more details on BAMMA 8 as they become available.

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