During a recent interview on “The MMA Hour,” Nate Marquardt revealed that he has stopped his use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) which had gotten him into hot water with the UFC when he came in over the legal limit of testosterone levels.
“I didn’t know if I was going to be able to fulfill my dreams going that route. I just feel it was so much of a hassle and stress with the commissions and all that, I guess, that the right thing for me to do right now is to choose not to do it. And you know, definitely I’ve pursued a lot of other stuff to try to help my health and a lot of it’s helping. I feel great right now. I’m in really good shape, and that’s not something I’m worried about right now.”
Oddly, as most physicians describe it, TRT is to help someone that with low levels of testosterone. If truly needed in the first place as he adamantly attested, it is hard to imagine that Marquardt could simply quit cold turkey in a competitive sport like MMA. Either way, “The Great” plans to show off his new weight cut in a welterweight title fight against Tyron Woodley, July 14, for his new home of Strikeforce promotions.
“I’m telling you guys, you haven’t seen me at 170. You liked me at 185, you’re gonna love me at 70, I’m just like an animal at this weight. You’re gonna love it.”
“We’re there to fight, not hold each other on the ground for half-an-hour…I don’t know what he can think of for a game plan for me. He’s not going to hold me down for five rounds. Is that his game plan, to take me down every round and just hold me down? That’s not going to happen. He’s definitely a boring fighter as far as other guys who let him hold them down.”
Easier said then done, Marquardt will have his hands full with the undefeated wrestling stand-out Tyron Woodley. Marquardt will need to make a statement here if he looks to keep his relevance in the sport.