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BREAKING NEWS: Nate Marquardt Out of UFC on Versus 4; Barry vs. Kongo New Main Event

Posted on by Ken Pishna

Nate Marquardt

Nate Marquardt

UFC on Versus 4 has suffered some changes along the way, but none as big as the blow dealt on Saturday.

Main event fighter Nate Marquardt has been forced out of the fight at, quite literally, the last second.

“He was not medically cleared. It is nothing serious,” said Kelly Crigger, a representative of Marquardt’s management team at Alchemist Mixed Martial Arts. Crigger could not go into any further detail than that until Alchemist releases an official statement, which is expected shortly.

The UFC, at the UFC on Versus 4 weigh-in, stated that Marquardt did not pass the required physical.

UFC on Versus 4 now takes on an entirely different as the heavyweight co-main event between Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo now moves into the headliner slot.

Marquardt was to make his UFC welterweight debut at UFC on Versus 4 on Sunday night against Anthony Johnson. Johnson then had to drop out due to injury and Top 10 welterweight Rick Story stepped in to face Marquardt.

Story will remain on the card, but will face AMA Fight Club’s Charlie Brenneman in a feature bout.

(Additional reporting by Damon Martin)

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  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Gina Carano thinks the timing is suspicious…..

    On a serious note, this sucks. I was looking forward to seeing Nate at 170lbs and this was a solid fight. Story has to be devastated,

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Wonder if Spike is still going to do their all day “Nate Marquardt” counter programming campaign.

  • afk

    genuine sadness

  • somecokehead

    they found crack in his piss thats how he lost all the weight!!!! bastards

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Dana just cut Marquardt. Saw it on on Jon Morgan’s twitter. He had a video where Dana said he’s cut.

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Here’s a direct link to the vid that Dana posted saying Marquardt is cut: http://www.tout.com/nsphwl

  • Darren2112

    thanks SB.