UFC veteran Nate Marquardt will finally get the chance to make his welterweight debut after being cut from the UFC in June after, according to Dana White, “failing to make medical requirements”. He was suspended by the Pennsylvania State Athletic after testing positive for an elevated testosterone level under suspicion of possible PED abuse. After having the ban lifted, claiming the results were due to him undergoing hormone replacement therapy, he was signed by British company BAMMA.
Though rumored for a fight with Paul Daley in December, rather than face the British brawler he is scheduled to fight Japanese judoka Yoshiyuki Yoshida in early 2012 at BAMMA 9. News of their bout was announced by BAMMA officials over the weekend.
Yoshida is coming off of a decision win over Phil Baroni in September after a relatively unsuccessful UFC career, going 2-3 inside the octagon. Both of his UFC wins came by submissions but was knocked out twice courtesy of Anthony Johnson and Josh Koscheck. Since being cut by the UFC, Yoshida has been 2-1 and, as a result of the Baroni win, is on two fight win streak.
Marquardt and Yoshida will headline the card taking place on February 11 in Birmingham, England.
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