Anthony Johnson Injured; Rick Story Steps in To Face Nate Marquardt at UFC on Versus 4

June 2, 2011
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Rick Story lauching the right hand

Rick Story lauching the right hand

When opportunity knocks, Rick Story is ready to answer.

Just days after his win over Thiago Alves at UFC 130, Rick Story has stepped in to replace an injured Anthony Johnson to face Nate Marquardt in the main event of UFC on Versus 4 in Pittsburgh.

The UFC announced the switch on Thursday.

Story has been on a tear through the UFC’s welterweight division lately winning his last 6 fights in a row. After calling for a fight against Thiago Alves, Story got his wish and then proceeded to win a unanimous decision over the former welterweight title contender.

Following that fight Story had asked to face perennial top ten fighter Jon Fitch, but instead gets another top ten opponent in Nate Marquardt.

Marquardt will drop down to 170lbs for the first time after being among the best at 185lbs for many years.

The welterweights will square off in the main event of UFC on Versus 4 in Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center on Sunday, June 26.

As for original opponent Anthony Johnson the UFC has stated he was injured, but no details on the nature of his injury or when he’ll be able to return to action.

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  • Story is on the fast track if he beats Nate.

    Fitch who?

  • Laytonvillan

    Story is steppin up big time, the kid has some big balls to take this fight on short notice…..Nate is a beast but does have problems with strong wrestlers (Sonnen, Okami) so maybe Rick can beat him. I am pulling for him. I just don’t see him winning but then again I didn’t see him beating Alves. Fitch is scared of “The Horror!!!” Who is Jon Fitch anyway to think he can pick and choose who he fights he has never even wore a belt

  • afk

    fitch who? is right if story wins this one decisively!

    this kid is the jim miller of the welterweight division, on a tear and stepping in to fight whoever, whenever

  • Way to jump on the bandwagon guys.

    Jon Fitch is that guy that had a 16 fight win streak before he fought for the belt, the same number of fights in Story’s ENTIRE CAREER.

    Story has beaten Foster, Lennox, Osipczak, Hazelett, Hendricks, and Alves *yawn* He lost to Hathaway.

    Fitch lost to GSP and fought BJ Penn to a draw. He has beaten Larson, Burkman, Alves, Hironaka, Fioravanti, Carneiro, Sanchez, Wilson, Gono, Thiago, Pierce, Saunders, Alves again.

    Let’s not lose objectivity while jumping on the latest fad. Jon Fitch has proven he is the real deal.

    • phrankthetank

      Agreed, I was surprised to see story walk away with the win, but all he did was clinch and take down. When fitch beat Alves last, he took him down at will and damaged him and everyone was hating on fitch, story did the same thing only less effectively and yet everyone is cheering for him. Don’t get me wrong, props to the guy for winning, I just don’t get why everyone hates on fitch. he didn’t want this fight because he wants another title shot, he doesn’t want to play gatekeeper. As for this fight… I think Nate is going to be way too much for Story to handle.

  • Darren2112

    Dangerous fight for both guys. Whomever loses this fight will see their stock drop considerably. I like both fighters, but I’m pulling for Story on this one.

  • wonggfan

    At first I thought Story wanted to fight Nate at 185lbs. That would be a suicide for Story.

    But at 170, especially if it is Nate’s debut at that weight class, Story might have a good reason for wanting that figh. If Story wins, he will be one of the best at 170. Not only did he beat a guy who is naturally bigger than him, he beat a title contender at a heavier weight class.

    I am pulling for Nate. I want to see Nate the great put on that hammer again. The hammer we saw against Demian Maia.