Nate Marquardt did not receive medical clearance from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission for Sunday's main event against Rick Story at UFC Live on Versus 4 on Saturday, and was subsequently cut from the UFC.
UFC president Dana White made the announcement in a short video posted to his Twitter account.
That's a precipitousf all for Marquardt, once a middleweight title contender who was supposed to make his welterweight debut on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Story will now fight Charlie Brenneman, and the heavyweight fight between Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo was elevated to main event status for the 9 p.m. card on Versus.
Marquardt (34-10-2) has been around for a long time and had his share of success in the UFC -- 10 wins at middleweight.
But his recent history has been spotty at best. He's 2-2 in his last four fights and one of those wins was a gift -- he beat Rousimar Palhares by first-round TKO because Palhares went for a heel hook, Marquardt slipped out and Palhares complained to the referee that Marquardt was oiled up. With Palhares focused on the ref, Marquardt snuck in and landed a big shot.
His other win was a decision against Dan Miller, a nice 13-5 fighter has lost four of his last six bouts in the UFC.
At UFC 109 in Feburary 2010, Marquardt was completely hammered by Chael Sonnen (for whatever that's worth now). He also lost a unanimous decision to Yushin Okami eight months later at UFC 122.