Nate Marquardt released by UFC

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UFC President Dana White is obviously frustrated with that fact Nate Marquardt failed his pre-fight medical examination, a day before he was scheduled to meet MMA up and comer Rick Story, at “UFC Live 4” scheduled for June 26.

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission didn’t specify exactly why Marquardt wasn’t cleared, but some MMA fans think the drastic cut to 170 lbs probably had something to do with it.

With his failed medical examination, Charlie Brenneman will replace Marquardt and fight Rick Story at “UFC Live 4.” Given how embarrassing the whole situation is for the UFC, it’s no surprise Dana White quickly announced Marquardt will no longer be a part of the MMA promotion.

“I’m sure you’ve heard that Nate Marquardt is out. It’s true. He failed his medicals,” White announced to MMA fans via video blog. “Not only is he out of this fight and out of the main event on Versus, he will no longer be with the UFC.”

The biggest loser in the whole situation is Rick Story who was a win away from a possible showdown with UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. Story ended up losing his “UFC Live 4” matchup against Brenneman via unanimous decision, much to the delight of Philly MMA fans who came out to support their hometown kid.

With the loss, Brenneman is probably closer to a possible title shot with welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre than Story is. A few wins over some UFC big names, and I’m sure Brenneman will be in the title conversation. For Rick Story, it’s back to square one. All the hype he generated in his win over Thiago Alves was nullified in 15 minutes by Charlie Brenneman at “UFC Live 4”.

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