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    Nate Marquardt DQ'ed for testosterone use - despite valid prescription and medical ne

    Nate Marquardt DQ'ed for testosterone use - despite valid prescription and medical need
    by Anthony Roberts

    This is probably the weirdest example of sports doping that I’ve seen in recent years:

    Nate Marquardt, a mixed martial artist, was allowed to fight at UFC 128 in New Jersey. At that time, he was going through the process of obtaining a therapeutic use exemption for his testosterone replacement therapy. Still with me? So The New Jersey State Athletic Commission Board let’s Marquardt fight on the proviso that he be tested before and after his fight (vs/ Dan Miller). Here’s where it gets weird: After the fight he needed to actually stop taking his prescribed testosterone and get retested eight weeks later. So the theory here is that within 8 weeks, if his prescription wasn’t necessary, his testosterone levels would register as normal. Let’s forget the fact that he could have easily beat the test by taking an anti-androgen (which isn’t tested for).

    But still, this is a pretty draconian method of enforcement – to force someone off a prescribed medication to see what happens when they go off. Imagine if they did this with other medications? Hey, stop taking that albuterol you need for your asthma attacks, and get on this treadmill….we’re going to see if you survive…

    So he fights, then he goes off his ‘script for testosterone. As it happens, the post fight testing returned a low enough hormone level to justify his prescription. And then he gets disqualified anyway. Why? Because he went through his personal physician for the prescription instead of an endocrinologist. So even though he needs testosterone replacement therapy, and had a valid prescription, he was DQ’ed because of the type of doctor who prescribed it (apparently the state it was prescribed in does not recognize all doctors as being able to administer hormone replacement).

    So he needed the drug, it was prescribed, and he used it as recommended, but was still disqualified: “yeah, you need this drug, and yeah it’s medically necessary, but f*ck you because you went to the wrong type of doctor.”

    At some point there needs to be a modicum of common sense injected into the current sports doping policies and procedures of professional and amateur athletics – or law-abiding athletes with a genuine need for hormone replacement are going to be fighting at a disadvantage. Literally.


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    This is kinda inaccurate. I'm not aware of the DQ. He wasn't allowed to fight recently though. Here's the scoop:

    The Nate Marquardt UFC on Versus 4 Saga Timeline - Bloody Elbow

    Kid Nate and I were talking about the Marquardt storyline last night after he pointed me to Dave Meltzer's recent piece (subscription only) on the whole thing. Meltzer mentioned that Marquardt was given a blood test on June 18 by New Jersey that came back high, and, hence, caused their denial of Marquardt's therapeutic use exemption application. At first, this didn't jive with Marquardt nor MMA Junkie's version of the events, both claiming that the former had passed the three blood tests New Jersey had asked of him as part of their conditional TUE.

    Meltzer eventually clears up the June 18 test later in his article, but I realized just how confusing the chronology of the story is, and that's from someone who has been following with great interest. So, I put together this timeline to clear things up:

    August 2010: Marquardt experiences sluggishness, short-term memory loss, mood swings, etc. He visits a doctor who runs blood work, which comes back for low testosterone. His doctor recommends testosterone replacement therapy. Marquardt consults with the UFC before beginning treatment.

    September 15, 2010: Marquardt stops Rousimar Palhares in Austin, Texas. Palhares complains that Marquardt greased, but Herb Dean settles the matter with his infamous "paper towel" test. The Texas commission claims Marquardt "met all medical requirements."

    November 13, 2010: Yushin Okami defeats Marquardt by decision in Oberhausen, Germany. The UFC, specifically Marc Ratner, acts as the commission for this event. Marquardt claims the UFC was made aware of his TRT treatment.

    February 11, 2011: Marquardt applies for a therapeutic use exemption with the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. Marquardt receives a letter back from New Jersey stating that, while the information his doctor submitted was incomplete and the treatment did not follow USADA guidelines, they would grant him a conditional exemption so long as he agreed to halt treatment for eight weeks following his fight with Dan Miller and submit to three consecutive blood tests.

    March 19, 2011: Marquardt defeats Dan Miller by unanimous decision in Newark, New Jersey.

    March-May, 2011: Marquardt goes off treatment for eight weeks. New Jersey administers three blood tests, all of which come back within an acceptable range for a TUE.

    Early June, 2011: Marquardt's doctor recommends restarting treatment more aggressively. Marquardt had been using pills to kickstart his pituitary glands, but his doctor insists on injecting him with testosterone because of the close proximity to his fight.

    June 18, 2011: New Jersey requests another blood test from Marquardt. New Jersey protocol requires two tests before and after approval for a fight. This test fails for being, quoting Meltzer, "more than double normal males of his age group, which would have been due to his just receiving a testosterone shot." New Jersey denies Marquardt's TUE application, and sends that information to Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania tells Marquardt to get under the limit, or they will not license him to fight.

    June 19, 2011: Marquardt begins testing himself every day. His levels fall throughout the week, but still remain above the acceptable limit.

    June 23, 2011: Dana White becomes aware that there's an issue.

    June 25, 2011, 1:00 p.m. ET: Marquardt takes a final blood test which comes over the acceptable limit, though he claims he just missed the threshold. Pennsylvania refuses to allow him to fight and places him on indefinite suspension.

    June 25, 2011, 3:30 p.m. ET: MMA Junkie announces Marquardt has been scratched from the show, Charlie Brenneman will fight Rick Story, and Cheick Kongo and Pat Barry move into the main event.

    June 25, 2011, 4:57 p.m. ET: Dana White tweets about Marquardt's removal from the show and his cuts him from the UFC.

    June 26, 2011, 12:08 p.m. ET: Nate Marquardt tweets an apology to his fans.

    June 26, 2011, 4:44 p.m. ET: Greg Sirb, executive director of the Pennsylvania commission, addresses the media.

    June 26, 2011, 8:00 p.m. ET: Marquardt releases a terse statement to the Versus pre-show.

    June 26, 2011, 8:32 p.m. ET: Marquardt tweets that he will address "all issues" on Tuesday.

    June 26, 2011, 10:45 p.m. ET: Charlie Brenneman defeats Rick Story by unanimous decision.

    June 26, 2011, 11:00 p.m. ET: Dana White appears on the UFC on Versus post-fight show. White says he is "pretty disgusted Nate Marquardt," adding that Marquardt will never fight for the UFC again.

    June 28, 2011: Marquardt appears on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.

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    my understanding is he was not allowed to fight because his test was not within normal range. If he is using test, and his levels where still within normal range he would have been fine. As was the case with his previous fight. this latest fight he was too high.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bio-chem View Post
    my understanding is he was not allowed to fight because his test was not within normal range. If he is using test, and his levels where still within normal range he would have been fine. As was the case with his previous fight. this latest fight he was too high.
    This ^ and from what I heard this was not the first time there was an issue with Nate not coming in at a reasonable level. According to a video I recently saw of Dana White being interviewed about the issue. Dana stated that this was his fourth chance and even though he is a nice guy in person he can not be competing with levels above the acceptable range. Dana is a straight shooter. He tells it like it is. Nate was trying to get an edge which is different than replacement dosed TRT. It is his own fault IMO. He should of been happy just being able to train with high test and fight with mid to high range acceptable test. That is still an edge if you ask me. That is an edge that I would be happy with. I think it was handled well for the most part.

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