Nate Marquardt was badly outgunned by Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 188, and the former middleweight contender says that illness and the altitude of Mexico City were contributing factors.

If you saw the card then you know that Gastelum consistently beat Marquardt to the punch, and the bout was nearly stopped in round two, as the latter absorbed shot after shot. To Marquardt’s credit, he survived the onslaught of strikes and made it to his corner, however, his coach Trevor Wittman waved off the bout.

Well, since Marquardt is 36 years old and has won just one of his last six fights, the defeat likely prompted discussions as to whether it’s time for the accomplished fighter to hang em up. But, in a follow up post on, Marquardt relayed the following (click on the post):

So there you go. Marquardt did appear to be quite sluggish, so this explains a lot. Now the question is, however, whether the UFC will keep Marquardt around for another fight. Due to what Marquardt’s accomplished during his extensive career, don’t be surprised if the promotion does.