Marquardt signs with BAMMA, match up with Daley possible

by Josh Gross | source:

Nate Marquardt was cut loose by UFC less than a month ago after he withdrew one day before a scheduled main event against Rick Story, after a New Jersey State Athletic Control Board blood test revealed elevated levels of testosterone, which Marquardt attributed to hormone replacement therapy.

Now Marquardt has signed a multi-fight, worldwide exclusive promotional deal with the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts, BAMMA vice president Liam Fisher told

Fisher declined to disclose the financial terms, but said the deal is among the most lucrative BAMMA has made with a fighter since it joined the UK MMA scene in 2009.

Neither the date nor an opponent have been confirmed for Marquardt's BAMMA debut, which could come as soon as the promotion's next event, September 10,

Paul Daley, who will fight for Strikeforce on July 30 against Tyron Woodley, is also under contract to BAMMA.Marquardt vs. Daley is arguably the highest profile contest BAMMA could promote. Fisher, citing several factors, would not commit to making the bout at this time.

"I'm very excited to be working with BAMMA," Marquardt said. "They hold sports regulation in high regard and mandate it for their athletes. They are also known for signing top-level fighters and I want to fight the best. I can't wait to show everyone what I'm capable of in the welterweight division."

Unrelated to the Marquardt signing, BAMMA has taken steps to get in front of the PED and medical testing issue, Fisher said. BAMMA has implemented and will cover the cost of blood work, MRI exams and medical screenings for its fighters. The company has also recently introduced mandatory performance-enhancing drug screens for title fights, as well as random pre- and post-event tests.

Bellator Fighting Championship and ProElite, showed interest in Marquardt when he became available. But Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said his organization was "not the best fit for Nate." And ProElite  opted against making a big splash in the free agent market, a source said.

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RKing85 site profile image  

7/23/11 5:25 PM by RKing85

I will be SHOCKED if Bamma is still around 12 months from now.

DoubleBagger site profile image  

7/23/11 3:20 PM by DoubleBagger

Gunnar would slaughter him, I say Che Mills, Eugene Fadiora or Simeon Thoresen, then a step up to MW to fight Alex Reid to make BAMMA some $$$$$. After that, a showdown with daley, winner fights Nelson.

jimbobyeaboy site profile image  

7/23/11 2:55 PM by jimbobyeaboy

I give it six months before Marquardt beats a few cans (including Daley) and the Anderson haters try to make it like he has a chance.

Mister Moonlight site profile image  

7/23/11 1:09 PM by Mister Moonlight

Nate's Recovery Plan:1) Sign with BAMMA2) 6 months of sprawl training w/Dan Hardy3) Profit

john joe site profile image  

7/23/11 12:43 PM by john joe

BAMMA deal is apparently exclusive

NYmmanow265 site profile image  

7/23/11 9:08 AM by NYmmanow265

Bellator should've signed two of their champions called him out but their ceo was to scared they'd get tooled .....Is his deal with bamma exclusive? Because if not in sure shark fights has a few fights or maybe even pro elite once they get rolling...Nate in any organization in the world besides the ufc would be the best fighter at 2 weight classes imo

I love me some Yankee boys!! site profile image  

7/23/11 8:38 AM by I love me some Yankee boys!!

 Oooh, Gunnar Nelson v Marquardt in about a year would be cool as hell.

DeWebb site profile image  

7/23/11 8:03 AM by DeWebb

I think the best fight for BAMMA to put Nate in first would have been against Alex Reid (if he can still make welterweight) because he'd be able to beat him impressively and In front of a large television audience, but he's slated to fight at UCMMA 22 at the beginning of August.But personally I'd like to see an 4 man tournament for BAMMAs welterweight strap between Gunnar Nelson, Che Mills and Paul Daley.

fightharder site profile image  

7/23/11 5:50 AM by fightharder

 You are absolutely right Jeremy. It is really kind of silly but it also goes to show the lack of ''balls'' the remaining American organisations have.With all due respect Bellators CEO,if you want to compete with the UFC but choose to not take a guys as Marquardt because you are afraid that a) He will run through you division b) Will defeat your paper Champ you just show how weak your division is and how terrified your organisation is of the reality.I would have appreciated it if he would have taken Marquardt,indicating that Bellator is a viable alternative for UFC based fighters and would have given Nate some superfights (Lombard/Askren).Either you proof that your fighters are viable or you get to incorporate a new fighter,who still is,for all intends and purposes to tier, and give a signal to the other fighters in the Zuffa universe that there are options. As for ProElite,really do not know enough about there organisation but it would strike my as somewhat strange that they would choose to grow ''organically'' if you see the people who are connected to them and the place they currently are in there careers. I did not know BJ family had in interest in ProElite though.Could someone please enlighting me on that issue a little bit.

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7/22/11 10:17 PM by JeremyLambert88

Says a lot about the state of MMA when BAMMA is a viable option for a guy like Marquardt. Nothing against BAMMA but they don't have US TV and from the events that I've watched, they only have three main card fights and the whole thing takes five hours.Best of luck to Nate though.