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Nate Marquardt will have to wait until after Independence Day to have his Pennsylvania state athletic commission suspension lifted. A spokesman from his Alchemist Management team told MMA Fighting that Marquardt's camp has been informed by the commission that "all of our paperwork and lab results are in order," and the team is hoping he will be removed from the suspension list around July 5 or 6.

Meanwhile, as other developments of Marquardt's hormone replacement therapy have come to light, additional related issues have been raised. Among them: if New Jersey denied Marquardt a testosterone usage exemption (TUE) and placed him on its suspension rolls following his March UFC 128 win over Dan Miller, couldn't the result of that fight be changed to a no contest?

According to New Jersey athletic control board legal counsel Nick Lembo, the answer is no.

As Lembo explained it, a TUE is a two-pronged process. First, the commission and its doctors must determine whether the treatment is a medical necessity, and second, the fighter must still test within normal testosterone ranges to qualify for competition.

Here's the tricky part. Determining medical necessity is a lengthy ordeal that can take months. By way of context, Marquardt first approached New Jersey officials about a TUE on Feb. 11, and he was still working with them on the process when his TUE was denied on June 23, a full four-and-a-half month stretch.

During that time, state commission doctors examined medical records, paperwork, check blood test results, and interacted with the athlete's doctors. Because that type of due diligence takes so much time, fighters are allowed to compete while undergoing the process as long as they can test in an acceptable range in the meantime.

New Jersey regulators gave Marquardt approval to fight, provided that he go through this entire lengthy process and that his testosterone levels remained within range. According to Lembo, just in relation to the March bout, he was subject to testosterone-level checks twice before the bout, on fight night, and twice afterward.

"He was not at an unfair advantage against Dan Miller in New Jersey," Lembo said. "If his levels were abnormal, the fight result would have been changed and Nate Marquardt would have been suspended, and his TUE would have been denied at that time. But when he fought Miller, his levels were fine."

The problem then, came afterward, as the state continued to monitor him through June. Marquardt had been asked to stop undergoing therapy for eight weeks to check his baseline levels, which he did. He took three tests in May, and two in June. Everything seemed fine until he returned to his personal doctor, a primary care physician. The NJACB had strongly suggested Marquardt continue his care under a board-certified endocrinologist.

On June 16, a week before his scheduled Pennsylvania fight with Rick Story, Marquardt took another test in his continued New Jersey monitoring. The results of this one, however, were high, forcing a TUE denial and full disclosure to the Pennsylvania commission. For the longtime UFC mainstay, it was the beginning of the end of his octagon career. But since it had no impact on his March fight with Miller, the result of that fight -- a Marquardt unanimous decision -- will stand.

"What we want to do is ensure there's no unfair advantage," Lembo said. "On the night of the fight, there was not. Nate came to us and cooperated. He was subjected to several tests. Once the TUE process started, he was compliant all the way along until weeks later, returning to his original treating physician. His next test had problems. If you're continually tested and your level is high, you're going to get caught."
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I have to say this is the first thing that came to mind...





But seriously, he worked with them for 4 1/2 months and still didn't get an exemption? This isn't rocket science, is the bureacracy in the athletic commission that bad? It's obvious he was trying to work with them and keep everything on the up-and-up. I'm glad his suspension should be lifted next week. Now Dana needs to do his part, IMO, and bring him back into the UFC. I also agree that the results of the Miller fight should stand.

I'm still not clear on the TRT, he says if your levels test high at some point "you're going to get caught". But don't levels spike at times?
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I have to say this is the first thing that came to mind...





But seriously, he worked with them for 4 1/2 months and still didn't get an exemption? This isn't rocket science, is the bureacracy in the athletic commission that bad? It's obvious he was trying to work with them and keep everything on the up-and-up. I'm glad his suspension should be lifted next week. Now Dana needs to do his part, IMO, and bring him back into the UFC. I also agree that the results of the Miller fight should stand.

I'm still not clear on the TRT, he says if your levels test high at some point "you're going to get caught". But don't levels spike at times?
There's an accepted range, so as your levels fluctuate normally over time, that's OK. The problem is if you've got a guy who gets TUE, but then starts super-dosing (i.e. using his deficiency as an excuse to take more than recquired so that he is now, in fact, taking testosterone as a performance enhancer as opposed to a performance equalizer).
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t clear on the TRT, he says if your levels test high at some point "you're going to get caught". But don't levels spike at times?
I'm not an expert on this, but I would assume that the TRT should be taken in dosages that keep him within the realm of normal. Being that he will be tested and if he falls out of that range then it could be looked at as he is abusing them and taking for an advantage.

I am sure that when starting there could be times when he is high until the dosage is right.
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There's an accepted range, so as your levels fluctuate normally over time, that's OK. The problem is if you've got a guy who gets TUE, but then starts super-dosing (i.e. using his deficiency as an excuse to take more than recquired so that he is now, in fact, taking testosterone as a performance enhancer as opposed to a performance equalizer).
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I'm not an expert on this, but I would assume that the TRT should be taken in dosages that keep him within the realm of normal. Being that he will be tested and if he falls out of that range then it could be looked at as he is abusing them and taking for an advantage.

I am sure that when starting there could be times when he is high until the dosage is right.
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If all else fails, Marquardt could always try the Dennis Mitchell defence, lol :

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Dennis Mitchell was one of the USA’s leading sprinters of the 1990s. He won Olympic gold and silver respectively at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta games, as part of the USA’s 4×100 metre relay teams. In the same event, he won two World Championship golds, at Tokyo 1991 and Stuttgart 1993. In the process, he was part of four 4x100m world records. In an era dominated by Carl Lewis and Leroy Burrell, he was somewhat less successful in the individual 100 metres, but he did manage to win three individual bronze medals, at the 1991 and 1993 World Championships, and the 1992 Olympics.

In 1998, Mitchell was banned by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF), after testing positive for unusually high levels of testosterone. Artificially high levels of testosterone are one of the main indicators of doping by anabolic steroids. Mitchell appealed to the US Track and Field doping panel, claiming that the only reason his testosterone levels were high was because, the night before the test, he had drunk six bottles of beer, and had sex with his wife four times. He told the panel, ‘It was the lady’s birthday; she deserved a treat.’ Astonishingly, the USATF accepted this explanation, and allowed Mitchell to continue to compete, even though his testosterone levels had been far outside the normal range. A few years later, Mitchell was eventually banned, for his involvement with coach Trevor Graham, who was at the centre of the BALCO doping scandal.
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