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Dana White: MC Hammer convinced me on Nate Marquardt’s return – UFC news
Dana White, President Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), recently revealed in an interview that he has allowed Nate Marquardt to get affiliated with Zuffa Corporation again.
Nate is one of those prolific UFC brawlers who have achieved substantial milestones in their illustrious careers. At the age of 32, the American mixed martial artist has an impressive resume, boasting a total of 43 bouts. He has captured wins over names that are now considered career-breakers for other surging brawlers such as Rousimar Palhares, Martin Kampmann and others.
Infamous as ‘The Great’, Nate has fought Anderson Silva, and Chael Sonnen for the UFC middleweight championship gold. He has won 31 of his total brawls, 10 by knockout, 13 by submission, and eight by either split or unanimous decision. Nate was considered as one of the most feared brawlers in the middleweight division and is ranked alongside names such as George St. Pierre, Anderson Silva and others.
Unfortunately the former three-time middleweight champion of Pancrase, a Japanese mixed martial art organisation, faced tough times and dismal events which led Nate to adios UFC. The controversy started when Nate was scheduled to take on Rick Story.
During the weigh-ins of the event Nate’s blood samples showed illegal quantity of testosterone which provoked the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission to place a ban on him. Later on after careful examination and detailed investigation the ban was removed but Dana, who got raged by the allegation, had already spoken, “I’m done. I am done with Nate.”
Nate’s contract was cancelled and he had no other choice but to leave UFC and join BAMMA, a British mixed martial art organisation. Matters did not go well and he rescinded his contract eventually. Later on a tiding rattled the whole media and it was reported that Nate will now make his debut in Strikeforce most probably against Tyron Woodley.
Everyone was shocked at how things got streamlined between Nate and Zuffa but Dana revealed the reason. White informed, “Right after it happened, right after he was released from the UFC, MC Hammer is involved in his team. He asked if we could meet; I met him in Los Angeles and he presented the case for Nate, and I said, 'Listen, I love you, but he's gonna have to go somewhere else, fight in other places and come back.' He opted to sit out and not fight anywhere else. He wants to fight in the UFC. So we're going to give him a shot in Strikeforce [and see what happens].”
Dana’s respect for MC Hammer has definitely helped Nate in making a comeback but he now carries much more responsibility on his shoulders. He not only has to make his place in Strikeforce but needs to prove that Hammer’s stand for him and White’s decision were apropos.
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