UFC on Versus 4: Weight Drop Doesn’t Faze Nate Marquardt Heading into Fight with Rick Story

June 20, 2011
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Nate Marquardt steps into the main event at UFC on Versus 4 not only with the weight of a headlining bout on his shoulders, but also the prospect of fighting for the first time in a new weight class in the Octagon.

A staple of the middleweight division since his UFC debut in 2005, Marquardt has bumped up against realizing his dream, a UFC championship, several times at 185 pounds, only to fall short.

Noticing how much better he felt at a lighter walking around weight, he decided to give the welterweight class a go. He has no easy first fight at his new weight, stepping into the Octagon with Rick Story, who has quickly risen up the ranks of the division.

Their fight on June 26 in Pittsburgh will be a proving ground for both fighters, determining who will take the next steps up the UFC welterweight ladder.

Marquardt’s friend and teammate, Georges St-Pierre, waits at the top of that ladder. Marquardt spoke with MMAWeekly.com about his upcoming fight with Story, his decision to make the drop to 170 pounds, and what his St-Pierre had to say about the move.

  • phrankthetank

    If he beats story, I’d actually really like to see a fitch vs marquardt bout happen

    • wonggfan

      I like Nate.

      I am excited to see this fight for the reason that I don’t know how Nate will handle cutting down. Rick Story looked good in the last fight but he is a much smaller guy Nate. If Nate can handle the weight cut, I say Nate is a legitimate threat to GSP.

      If Nate beats Story, he should fight Fitch. I’ll bet you anything that Fitch will decline. “I don’t think Nate deserves to fight me whereas I deserve to fight, and only fight, GSP and Penn. I am a fag.”

  • Laytonvillan

    I wonder if that means GSP is looking to move up or if he just knows from practice that Nate has no chance vs him……..Hmmmmmm??? I think Nate is going to be a contender at 170.

    • wonggfan

      GSP has the perfect mass for 170. He is bigger than most guys and doesn’t have to cut too much weight like some guys. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the 170 division was made for Georges.

      At 185, we will run into really big guys. I don’t see him beating Okami, Munoz, Belfort, or Sonnen at 185. He might beat one or two of them via decision, but those guys are too big for GSP to KO.

      GSP should stay at 170 and fight 185ers that drops down (e.g. Nate).