Nate Marquardt Never Applied For Therapeutic Use Exemption In Pennsylvania

This is becoming rather difficult to follow. Nate Marquardt, who was not allowed to compete at UFC on Versus 4 by the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission because he failed to meet stated requirements about medically-administered testosterone use for what he claims is a necessity, actually never attempted to have the use cleared through a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) program. Marquardt's plan was simply to alert the commission he was on testosterone replacement therapy, have his levels tested and achieve their general clearance. A TUE program would have likely applied more rigorous standards related to medical necessity, timing of use, verification of proper use and a battery of other screens. Coincidentally, Marquardt was denied his TUE in New Jersey just prior to his scheduled bout in Pennsylvania, although that appears to not have mattered one way or the other. Josh Gross reported as much in his Tweet:

@robnashville Sirb told me that Marquardt never applied for a TUE in Pennsylvania. Confusing considering the course of events.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Mike Fagan asks the pertinent questions:

For the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission: Were they prepared to allow Marquardt to fight without a therapeutic use exemption and with the knowledge that he had taken testosterone leading up to the bout? Why did they not insist he apply for an exemption?

For the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board: Why was Marquardt granted a conditional therapeutic use exemption? (And "because he went along with the protocol" is not a valid answer.) Do they believe the situation was unfair to Dan Miller?

For the UFC: Why was Dana White, as he claims, only made aware of the situation on the Thursday before the fight despite Marquardt having failed a test the week prior? Did Marquardt have to file a request for an exemption for UFC 122 in Germany (where the UFC acted as hte de facto commission)? Did the UFC administer blood tests to Marquardt? How many? Were his testosterone levels acceptable?

For Nate Marquardt: Who was the doctor that prescribed and administered treatment? Why is there reluctance to name him or her?

Fagan also reports Marquardt's suspension in Pennsylvania has not been lifted, although it currently is under administrative review.

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