UFC exile Nate Marquardt has a new home… in the UK.
The UK-based BAMMA promotion announced today that they have signed Nate Marquardt to a multi-fight deal.
“As soon as we received word that the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission lifted Marquardt’s suspension, we jumped at the chance to sign him,” BAMMA exec Liam Fisher stated. “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.”
Marquardt explained that they received offers from several promotions, but ultimately felt like BAMMA was the right fit for him.
“Offers came in from several fight promotions, but we felt that BAMMA was definitely the best fit,” Marquardt stated. “They put on high-quality shows, stack their cards with top-level fighters, and sign those fighters to multi-fight deals. They are also the only fight organization in the U.K. that implements PED testing. To be honest, that is one of the main reasons that we chose BAMMA. I want to prove to my fans and to the world that I’m the real deal and that I belong on top.”
While it’s unknown who and when Marquardt will fight, he says he hopes to get a crack to fight some of the fighters who kicked him while he was down.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to fighting, and there are some guys out there that I would definitely like to get my hands on. I’m talking about the fighters that kicked me while I was down. BAMMA is known for signing top talent, … so I may just get my chance.”
Here’s a little more from Nate on that topic from his appearance tonight on Inside MMA.
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