Marquardt Explains Terrible Performance: ‘It was the altitude’

June 17, 2015 3:29 pm by BJPENN.COM News

Nate Marquardt

“Just wanted to update everyone on how I’m doing. The day of the fight, I was dealing with some issues. I got some sickness and was dehydrated and cramping in my muscles. Before the fight I threw up and had abdominal cramping. Also I had an issue with my blood pressure probably due to the altitude,”

“The research I did for the altitude was inconclusive and I thought that coming from Denver, I would adjust in the 4 days. I’m not sure what hit me worse, the sickness or the altitude but once the fight was 2 minutes in the first round, I knew something was wrong. My legs were stiffening and not working correctly. There was one knee to my body that wasn’t that hard and it cramped up my whole insides.”

“Now I can say that Trevor did the right thing and protected me because I couldn’t move. I’m not trying to make an excuse for losing. I don’t really feel that I need an excuse because I did my best with what I had and fought hard when I could. I just want my friends to know why I fought like that and that I’m ok. Congrats to Kelvin. He’s a great fighter and I hope to train with him someday.”

That’s what UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt posted to his Facebook after losing to Kelvin Gastelum in Mexico City. His corner threw in the towel and stopped the fight between rounds because he was basically out on his feet and looked like he could barely stand.

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