Bellator Interested In Nate Marquardt... Would Nate Marquardt Succeed In Bellator? | Fighters.com

Bellator Interested In Nate Marquardt… Would Nate Marquardt Succeed In Bellator?

Recommend to your friends!
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Ever since Nate Marquardt’s highly-published falling-out with the UFC, every fan of Nate “The Great” has been wondering where the veteran fighter will next call home. Strikeforce is obviously not an option due to it being owned by Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC. Upstart promotion Bellator FC seemed like the most logical step, although I openly wondered if Bellator would be able to afford the services of Marquardt. It now appears that they at least want to try: a new report says that Bellator will wait until Marquardt gets his licensing issues straightened out, but that the promotion is definitely interested in the former UFC Middleweight Championship contender. Here are all the details.

MMA Mania brings word that in a recent episode of MMA Live, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said the following about Marquardt: “We all recognize he’s a very talented fighter. And I’m as interested like you are to see how the situation plays out with the commission”¦ Anybody who would tell you that they’re not interested in Nate”¦ would be lying to you. So, sure, we’re interested but let’s see how things play out over the next couple weeks with the commission and then we can go from there.”

When asked whether or not he would have Marquardt fight as a Middleweight or Welterweight, Rebney basically said that the call would be Marquardt’s to make.

Marquardt’s shocking release from the UFC took the internet by storm back around the time of “UFC on Versus 4”. Marquardt was medically forbidden to compete at the event on the day of the weigh-ins, leaving the UFC high, dry, and vindictive enough to fire him. Marquardt would later reveal that he was taking testosterone replacement therapy. Debate would then rage and continues to rage on whether or not TRT is performance enhancing, with fighters as varied as BJ Penn and Dan Hardy strongly condemning Marquardt’s actions.

It should also be noted that Ben Askren, the current Welterweight Champion of Bellator, has publicly called out Marquardt for his actions.

Would Marquardt make an interesting addition to Bellator’s roster? Of course he would, there’s absolutely no denying that. But would he be worth the hassle, considering that he’s coming off of a major controversy? Now there’s the million-dollar question, fans and friends.

I suppose it all comes down to how successful Marquardt is in Bellator. Bellator FC is all-too-often overlooked, and all-too-often it’s thought that any former UFC fighter could walk into Bellator and win a championship. So far, that hasn’t happened. In fact, some of Bellator’s champions have outright schooled former UFC fighters.

For the sake of the argument, let’s assume that Marquardt is able to win a Bellator tournament, either at Middleweight or Welterweight. If that was the case, he’d face either Hector Lombard or Ben Askren. Lombard is 29-2, hasn’t lost since 2006, and has fought to a decision twice in his last fifteen fights. Ben Askren is 8-0 and one of the best pure wrestlers in Bellator and probably the entire world, the exact kind of fighter that Marquardt has had many problems with in the past.

I think there are several interesting fights for Marquardt in Bellator, assuming that he stays clean and his troubles with the athletic commission don’t result in a prolonged suspension. As with anything in today’s MMA world, signing Marquardt would be a calculated risk. But I do think Bellator would benefit from Marquardt on their roster, if only to add prestige to their championships when their champions more than likely beat him.


Recommend to your friends!
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Fighters App

Fighters Mobile Apps

Stay on top of the hottest stories and exclusive interviews from the world of MMA with the Fighters.com mobile apps.

Get Apps Now!
MB5-625 642-883 C2040-915 CAT-180 070-646Big5 000-225 000-070 HC-711-ENU C2090-735 000-963 1Z1-225 HP0-M23 700-301 HP5-H01D 70-528-Csharp HP3-X08 E20-522 220-602 HC-623-CHS 1Z0-533 1Z0-048 000-440 HP2-N35 COG-480 HP2-T25 000-870 70-330 9A0-060 LOT-829 000-117 MB7-846 E20-329 HP0-P17 646-580 HP0-Y26 310-880 P2040-052 000-706 HP0-794 ISEBSWTINT_001 220-702 70-482 310-100 HP0-D17 1Z1-515 70-298 920-464 C2020-642 70-665J HP2-B82 1Y0-A04 000-N33 E20-331 HP0-085 SG0-001 000-294 1Z0-873 1Z0-052 1T6-530 GB0-540 070-553-VB 070-699 000-236 000-296 070-300 HP2-Z19 000-967 HP0-Y38 MB5-629 P2090-010 70-214 SSCP 074-322 3I0-008 C4070-623 P2090-079 MB6-504 070-653 HP2-K30 642-445 E20-554 090-091 250-530 000-605 000-588 1Z0-531 A2040-988 PgMP 70-689 9A0-182 642-444 70-232 920-336 FM0-302 70-521-Csharp A2040-986 640-861 70-238 000-546 070-569 000-R06 510-020 70-568 P2050-007 642-887 1Z1-259 HIO-301 000-142 1Z0-519 050-690 000-120 A4040-226 920-804 ECP-102 50-690 050-894 HP2-E53 HP3-X09 HP0-J35 050-692 1Z1-862 000-751 HP0-920 000-314 NS0-120 70-571GB2312 000-978 ICDL-Access 1Z1-043 A2090-421 MB2-422 070-262 A4040-224 1Z0-518 1Y0-973 920-808 920-530 70-123 70-458 1Z1-219 000-108 HP2-T14 000-284 070-542-VB C_TBW45_70 HP2-H08 A2180-605 70-416 HP0-J43 000-341 70-177 G2700 HP0-J16 MB7-231 HC-832-CHS 922-071 CAT-380 310-231 070-332 ST0-91X SPS-100 HP0-733 070-665J CA1-001 E22-250 1Z1-574 HP0-760 E20-570 C90-05A HP2-N43 HP0-S19 70-460 BAS-010 9A0-061 310-011 000-169 1D0-538 133-S-713 E20-665 000-371 74-132 1Z1-560 EUCOC E20-597 MB6-871 JN0-341 C2150-198 E20-455 HH0-260 E20-594 EC0-232 000-018 1Z0-889 132-S-911.2 A4040-129 HP0-Y46 TB0-118 E20-830 SU0-224 win 7 key Win 7 key online Win 7 key sale Win 7 key product key Win 7 ultimate key cheap Win 7 key microsoft office 2013 key Office 2013 key Office 2010 key Office 2010 keys windows 8 key windows 8.1 key windows 8.1 product key Windows 7 key Windows 7 ultimate key Windows 7 product key Windows 7 key store buy Windows 7 key windows 10 key windows 10 product key Windows Server 2012 key Windows 8 key online win 7 key Win 7 key online Win 7 key sale Win 7 key product key Win 7 ultimate key cheap Win 7 key microsoft office 2013 key Office 2013 key Office 2010 key Office 2010 keys windows 8 key windows 8.1 key windows 8.1 product key Windows 7 key Windows 7 ultimate key Windows 7 product key Windows 7 key store buy Windows 7 key windows 10 key windows 10 product key Windows Server 2012 key Windows 8 key online win 7 key Win 7 key online Win 7 key sale Win 7 key product key Win 7 ultimate key cheap Win 7 key microsoft office 2013 key Office 2013 key Office 2010 key Office 2010 keys windows 8 key windows 8.1 key windows 8.1 product key Windows 7 key Windows 7 ultimate key Windows 7 product key Windows 7 key store buy Windows 7 key windows 10 key windows 10 product key Windows Server 2012 key Windows 8 key online