As rumors continue to circulate that Nate Marquardt was barred from competing at UFC Live 4 over the weekend due to testosterone therapy, the fighter has promised us a full statement on Tuesday. For a guy who has already tested positive for performance enhancers once in the past, it shapes up as perhaps the most important day in his career. In other words, he does not want to mess this up.
One of the problems here for Marquardt is that his initial silence has allowed the UFC Odds to shape the early part of the story surrounding his dismissal. Either rightly or wrongly, the public now thinks Marquardt has done wrong and for him to come out with any kind of denial or rebuttal on Tuesday would likely fall flat. Dana White said on Sunday night that it's time for Marquardt to "man up" and in this situation, that seems about right. Also Make sure you check out the latest UFC 134 Odds and UFC 136 Odds.
Simply put, we need to hear the words "testosterone therapy" come out of Marquardt's mouth tomorrow. If there is a legitimate reason for why he allegedly pursued these treatments from his doctor -- which we all sort of doubt -- we need to hear that too, but only if it's the truth. On the other hand, if Marquardt screwed up, tried to cheat and got caught, he needs to take responsibility for that as well, as plainly and openly as he can. Either way, there will no doubt be a lot of blowback, but at this stage in the game I think unflinching honesty is the only way for Marquardt to salvage whatever career he might have left.