Nate Marquardt will finally make his return to the sport in February when he faces Yoshiyuki Yoshida for the vacant BAMMA welterweight title, according to a press release from the promotion. He had been expected to fight at BAMMA 8, which takes place on December 10th, but his debut was pushed back for reasons unknown. A rumored bout with Paul Daley apparently couldn’t come together.
Marquardt was famously released from the UFC the day before his scheduled welterweight debut in a bout with Rick Story at UFC on Versus 4 due to elevated testosterone levels. He had been on testosterone replacement therapy at the time, but something went wrong and he couldn’t get his levels down to an allowable level by the time the weigh-ins rolled around. Charlie Brenneman stepped in on very shot notice and ended up defeating Story.
Instead, he’ll make his welterweight debut against Yoshida on February 11th in Birmingham, England. Yoshida is coming off a decision win over Phil Baroni and the first One FC event in September.
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