Nate Marquardt vs. Anthony Johnson on tap for UFC on Versus 4Posted on April 13, 2011, 10:49 PM by Joey Santosus
After hinting at a possible cut to 170-pounds, Nate Marquardt will make it official when he meets Anthony "Rumble" Johnson at UFC on Versus 4.
News of the match-up, which will likely serve as the card's headliner, was first reported by Versus.com and has since been confirmed by sources close to the development.
Marquardt (31-10-2) first revealed the potential transition to Welterweight following his recent victory over Dan Miller at UFC 128. Prior to the win, he came up short against Yushin Okami at UFC 122 in a bout that would have earned him a second shot at the 185-pound strap. Though Marquardt has put together a respectable 6-3 mark since his failed attempt at dethroning Anderson Silva back in 2007, he's had mixed results as of late, going 2-2 in his last four.
Johnson (9-3), meanwhile, is fresh-off a lop-sided unanimous decision victory over Dan Hardy at UFC Fight Night 24. The bout was his first in sixteen months after being sidelined due to a knee injury suffered during training. In his last outing before the lay-off, "Rumble" had a three-fight win streak snapped when he was submitted by Josh Koscheck at UFC 106.
UFC on Versus 4 is set to take place June 26th from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to Marquardt vs. Johnson, the card is expected to feature Heavyweight bouts Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo and Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft; Welterweights Martin Kampmann vs. John Howard and Matt Brown vs. Rich Attonito; And Featherweight match-ups Joe Stevenson vs. Javier Vazquez and Tyson Griffin vs. Manvel Gamburyan.
Anthony Johnson at UFC 106 at the Mandalay Events Center on November 21, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo Credit: Francis Specker