Rick Story Steps in for Injured Anthony Johnson on June 26th

Friday, June 3, 2011

 By FCF Staff, photo courtesy Brave Legion

Rick Story will get an opportunity to add another notable win to his resume sooner than later, following his decision victory over Thiago Alves last weekend, as the UFC has announced that he will fight Nate Marquardt, June 26th, at the UFC on Versus 4 card.

Marquardt’s original opponent, welterweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, has been forced to withdraw due to injury.

The Story (pictured), Marquardt bout will headline the upcoming event, which will be hosted by the Consol Engergy Center in Pittsburgh. The card will be broadcast on the Versus Network.

Story (13-3) has now won six straight after losing his Octagon debut to John Hathaway by unanimous decision in June, 2009. In addition to Alves, the 26 year-old-fighter has scored victories over Johny Hendricks, Dustin Hazelett, Nick Osipczak, Jesse Lennox, and Brian Foster.

Although Marquardt (31-10-2) returned to the winner’s column with a UD win over Dan Miller in March, after losing to number one middleweight contender Yushin Okami in November, the accomplished veteran decided to drop to welterweight.  The 32 year-old Marquardt is 3-2 in his last five bouts, with additional wins coming over Rousimar Palhares and Demian Maia.

Some of the other bouts scheduled for the June 26th event include heavyweight Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry, welterweight Martin Kampmann vs. John Howard, featherweight Tyson Griffin vs. Manny Gamburyan and heavyweight Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft.