According to multiple reports, Nate Marquardt said he has submitted the documentation to the PSAC required for his suspension to be lifted. However, according to Steven Morocco from MMAJunkie.com, the suspension is still on-going due to the fourth of July holiday pushing back the PSAC examining his paperwork.
A new twist has occurred, however. According to Josh Gross, PSAC executive director Greg Sirb revealed that Marquardt hadn’t ever applied for therapeutic use of testosterone replacement exemption with the state. So he said he was using for medical purposes, yet he didn’t try to get medical clearance? Perhaps I was too harsh on Dana for cutting him. Perhaps not, but it’s all pointing to Marquardt actually cheating and not trying to balance his testosterone levels. I’m not involved so I can only speculate, but it’s leaning more towards cheating now.
The rumored light heavyweight fight between Chael Sonnen and Lyoto Machida will not be coming to any event this fall, according to MMAJunkie.com. That fight was only “briefly entertained,” but did not come to fruition for UFC 136 in October. But MMAJunkie.com is now reporting that Sonnen is now expected to meet Brian Stann on the card, coming on October 8 to the Toyota Center. This fight makes more sense, but I’d rather watch Sonnen try to figure out Machida’s elusiveness. But, now that this fight has been made, I’m sure the winner will get a shot at Anderson Silva, should (when) he defeat Yushin Okami.
Strikeforce has added another preliminary card fight to the July 30 “Fedor vs. Henderson” event. Lightweights Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante and Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm have signed on to face each other at the event. This is an excellent fight, but undercard? Come on. This fight should be very exciting. Put in on my TV.
UFC officials announced two changes to their UFC on Versus 5 card, due to injures. Charles Oliveira will step in for an injured Paul Taylor to meet Donald Cerrone, and Ed Herman will step in for an injured Tom Lawlor to take on Kyle Noke on the card. Herman/Noke is a decent fight, but Oliveira/Cerrone is an awesome fight. Can’t wait to see it.
The inspirational feature on Rad Martinez on ESPN’s Outside the Lines has lead to the 9-2 fighter being signed by Bellator Fighting Championships, and he will make his debut this fall. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney stated, “He’s a very talented fighter who happens to have a very inspirational story. But he needs some help. We’re trying to give a guy that could be a very special fighter for us an opportunity, and at the same time it’s doing something good that could work out really well for him and us.” This is as much about business as it is good will. But kudos to Bellator for giving this guys a real shot at making money. People will be watching and pulling for him after that ESPN special.