Former UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt still has designs on dropping to 170 pounds and plans to do so this December under the BAMMA banner. Marquardt had originally been scheduled to test the welterweight waters earlier this year at a UFC event before being pulled due to an abnormal level of testosterone in his system, the result of hormone replacement therapy according to his camp, and subsequently being released by Zuffa based on the infraction.

With the controversy behind him for now, Marquardt’s attention has turned towards British promotion BAMMA with whom he signed shortly after parting ways with the UFC.

The plan for “Nate the Great” to fight this winter at BAMMA 8 was recently laid out by one of the organization’s executives, Liam Fisher, in an interview with MMAWeekly where he explained discussions for an opponent are already actively going on internally and that they plan to meet with Marquardt this month when he’s in England for promotional duties.

The 32-year old hasn’t fought since outpointing Dan Miller last March at UFC 128. He holds an overall record of 31-10-2 with a balanced approach to finishing opponents and past wins over Martin Kampmann, Jeremy Horn, Rousimar Palhares, Demian Maia, and a handful of other notable names.