Nate Marquardt is a free agent once again.
According to MMAFighting.com, Marquardt has been released from his contract with BAMMA, British Association of Mixed Martial Arts, after they decided to push their upcoming event from February 11 to March 24.
As Marquardt was yet to fight for the organization, and this was the second time that his debut had been pushed back, his management decided it would be best to seek other opportunities.
According to Marquardt's manager, Lex McMahon,
"Nate is disappointed that he has not been able to fight for BAMMA and the UK fans... However, given the situation that BAMMA removed him as the headliner from BAMMA 8 and have elected to reschedule BAMMA 9 to March 24, 2012 all parties concerned feel that it is in Nate's best interest to explore other options at this stage. Nate is one of the best fighters in the world and looks forward to fighting the best competition possible. Both Nate and I wish BAMMA all the best in their future endeavors."
It certainly appears as though it was an amicable split between the two parties, and BAMMA CEO, David Green, responded by saying,
"The decision to move the BAMMA 9 event to March 24, 2012, was taken in the interests of the BAMMA promotion as a whole and we believe that this will result in the strongest BAMMA event to date...It is important to note that the decision to remove Nate from the BAMMA 8 card and to reschedule BAMMA 9 in no way is a result of any actions taken by him. Nate was originally to feature on the BAMMA 8 card in December and with this current date change it is only fair for us at this stage to honor Nate's contract agreement and allow him to look for fights outside of the BAMMA promotion.
"I cannot speak highly enough of the professional manner in which Nate Marquardt and his team have conducted themselves. They have been an absolute pleasure to work with and we are just disappointed that we have not been able to work out a way to seeing Nate take his place on the BAMMA 9 card."
Marquardt originally signed with BAMMA in July, after being released from the UFC one day before his scheduled welterweight debut against Rick Story due to elevated testosterone levels.
Marquardt is now free to sign with any organization, and according to his manager, he is "exploring his options," and is "excited about the future."
Marquardt is a top ten middleweight, and based on that, could easily be considered a top ten welterweight. You can be sure that multiple organizations will be vying for his services.
DREAM, Bellator, and maybe even Strikeforce, will all be interested in the 32 year old former top contender to the UFC title.
No matter where Marquardt ends up, there are exciting fights for him in almost every organization out there. Including fights at middleweight and welterweight, and those for a title and not for a title.
There are fights out there for him against guys like Bellator middleweight champion, Hector Lombard, MMA legend, Kazushi Sakuraba, and maybe even the fight against Paul Daley could happen.
Now we just wait and see where he decides to go.
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