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Daley wants clash-of-the-axed with Marquardt

ESPN staff
July 13, 2011
ESPN UFC Podcast

Paul Daley has confessed he would love to fight fellow former UFC star Nate Marquardt, insisting the need for Growth Hormone treatment is "BS" (bulls**t).

Daley knows how it feels to be axed by the UFC following his post-bell punch on Josh Koscheck, and a future clash with Marquardt could be highly marketable for Strikeforce. The promotion recently claimed it has signed a mystery fighter, and Marquardt is one of the main suspects.

British welterweight Daley knows more about fitness issues than most, having run his own fitness company, and he has issues with anybody claiming they needed Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Marquardt revealed he needs the treatment after posting a high testosterone level ahead of his fight with Rick Story, but he is yet to be cleared to fight after being hit with a suspension from the sport.

"I'd love to fight Nate Marquardt, he's a tough guy and he's got a big reputation," Daley told the ESPN UFC Podcast.

"But whether the UFC chooses to send him across to Strikeforce, I'm not so sure. What would that say about them? He's banned from one organisation but he can fight for another. Does that make sense, even though he's been caught for steroids abuse and growth hormone?

"It doesn't make a difference where he fights, he should be kicked out of the company altogether if that's the situation."

Elaborating on his opinion of Hormone Replacement Therapy, Daley insists it is too easy to use the condition as an excuse.

"If you get injuries or if you struggle to make weight, there's obviously something in your training you need to adjust. If you're repeatedly having injuries, maybe it's time to stop fighting. If you're struggling with weight, change your diet and be more disciplined. Growth Hormone helps you with this, it enables you to train harder for longer without getting injuries.

"I just think it's a load of BS (bulls**t) to be honest with you."

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