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Marquardt gunning for cr*p-talkers Penn and Daley

ESPN staff
July 14, 2011

Nate Marquardt has launched an angry backlash at the men criticising him for his recent suspension from the sport, calling the likes of BJ Penn and Paul Daley "cowards" and "bullies".

Marquardt has been inactive since he delivered a high level of testosterone in a pre-fight test at UFC Live. The former middleweight contender was banned from the sport indefinitely and axed for life by the UFC.

Marquardt's explanation for the test was that he requires Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), but that drew mass criticism from several fighters within the sport, including Dan Hardy, BJ Penn and Paul Daley. The general consensus of those individuals is that fighters do not need TRT, with Penn and Daley both labelling it "bulls**t".

The focus for Marquardt now is to secure a fight as soon as possible, and he has plenty of high profile clashes on the agenda. The American now seems intent on delivering payback to those that doubted him.

"Some of the fighters that think they're so cool and tough by kicking a guy when he's down - as far as my career, this has been one of the worst times of my life, and these guys are calling me a cheater and talking cr*p - I've taken note as to who those guys are, and I'm going to come for them," Marquardt told MMAjunkie.

"Eventually, I'll get them. I don't care if it's in a superfight, or if they want to come down to my gym, and I'll beat them up for free.

"I think you know who these guys are - Ben Askren, BJ Penn, Paul Daley, Hector Lombard - cowards talking cr*p about a guy when he's in such a situation. They're trying to take advantage of the situation. They're bullies. Those are the guys I want to beat up.

"The truth is going to come out over time. It has already started to come back. I was under suspension for literally less than three weeks, and my suspension was lifted. I didn't get any fines. This hasn't happened before in this sport, and it shows that I wasn't cheating. I have hope. There are cr*p-talkers like BJ Penn who want to kick a guy when he's down, and I would love to fight that guy."

Marquardt accepts that he made mistakes along the way, and he has assured fans that he will take every step to ensure a repeat scenario does not happen in the future.

"I'm not putting the blame on everyone else," Marquardt said. "Everyone had their little piece of fault, but I accept my part in the blame. The fault that I had, I take responsibility for. There are a few little things that if I could go back in time and change them, I wouldn't be in this position. There's things I'm doing now that will prevent this from ever happening again or ever becoming an issue."

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