Nate Marquardt vs. Anthony Johnson Set as Main Event for UFC on Versus 4 Card

April 13, 2011
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The UFC’s first event in Pittsburgh finally has a main event. It will feature the debut of a former middleweight title contender at welterweight.

Nate Marquardt has agreed to meet Anthony Johnson in the headline fight for the upcoming UFC on Versus 4 card set to go down on June 26 at the Consol Energy Center.

The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up on Wednesday, with verbal agreements in place for the June bout. The UFC later confirmed the bout, as well.

Marquardt (31-10-2) recently discussed the possibility of moving down to welterweight, and now the decision appears to have been made. A former title contender at 185 pounds, Marquardt has gone 2-2 in his last four fights. He will now face a new challenge in the welterweight division.

While he’s cutting to 170 pounds, his first opponent may make him feel like he’s still  fighting at middleweight.

Anthony Johnson (9-3) steps back into action after a successful return in March, where he dominated former title contender Dan Hardy. Johnson had been out of action for over a year dealing with knee injuries, but now gets a chance to face one of the UFC’s best in a featured bout on the UFC on Versus 4 card.

The UFC on Versus 4 show takes place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on June 26.

  • Cswan101

    johnson is gunna regulate…should be a good match tho

  • Frye557

    Nate and Rumble might just be the two biggest WW (if Nate makes weight) in the UFC. Should be a great fight, I’m a little shocked Nate is actually going to make the cut, I for one thought he was a huge MW.

  • phrankthetank

    Reading this headline, i figured johnson must be moving up. Thinking back though I’ve been noticing Nate has seemed to be a bit less muscular in his recent fights, I figured it was to make the mw cut more easily… Very surprised to hear he’s making a run at welterweight. Should be able to put johnson in his place

  • Lodown

    Man. He well have to eat Bugs and grass clippings to make that weight. Nate has looked bigger then every MW he’s faced exept maybe Okami.