— Nate Marquardt is a free man.
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission lifted the former UFC fighter's suspension on Wednesday because, according to Executive Director Greg Sirb, "he met all our medical requirements."
MMA Junkie first reported the news earlier in the day.
Marquardt was not medically cleared to fight Rick Story last month at UFC on Versus 4 in Pittsburgh after a blood test administered on the day of the weigh-ins showed his testosterone levels to be outside the commission's accepted levels. Moments later, the UFC fired the former middleweight contender.
Sirb refused to go into detail as to what Marquardt had to do to meet the commission's requirements in order to get his suspension lifted.
According to Kelly Crigger, vice president of communications for Alchemist Management, the free agent Marquardt, one of Alchemist's top clients, is "talking to everybody."
"He absolutely he wants to fight again this year, for sure," Crigger said.
Crigger said that Marquardt had not yet decided where and at which weight he will fight next, but mentioned "The Great" had been approached by the likes of Bellator, DREAM and many other smaller promotions.
Alchemist later provided this statement on Marquardt's future:
"Today Nate Marquardt was taken off suspension by the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission. This comes less than three weeks after not being medically cleared to fight at UFC on Versus 4 in Pittsburgh and being placed on suspension.
"Nate is no longer restricted from fighting in any jurisdiction and is looking forward to competing in Mixed Martial Arts again as soon as possible. He is currently fielding a large number of offers from several MMA promotions and is excited at the wide range of options he has before him.
"Nate is still one of the best MMA fighters in the world and will resume his career in the sport after deciding which venue is right for him. He felt very comfortable with the drop to welterweight and will most likely compete in that weight class. Nate would like to thank his sponsors, family, and friends who supported him through this difficult time."
Marquardt, 32, is 31-10-2 in his professional MMA career.