After daily fight announcements of the UFC on Versus 4 undercard, the UFC announced that Nate Marquardt (31-10-2) will face Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (9-3) in the headliner of the event.
A top contender in the UFC’s middleweight division, Marquardt will be dropping down to welterweight for the bout. “The Great” has expressed interest in changing weight divisions since his unanimous decision victory over Dan Miller at UFC 128 last month. He has been near the top of the division since his UFC debut in 2005 with wins over Jeremy Horn, Martin Kampmann, Demian Maia, Rousimar Palhares and Dan Miller.
Johnson is coming off of a dominant unanimous decision victory over former top welterweight contender Dan Hardy at UFC Fight Night 24 last month, his first bout in over 14 months after he was defeated by Josh Koscheck at UFC 106. Johnson spent the bout repeatedly taking Hardy down and establishing dominant positions over the Brit, and hopes to continue to keep his momentum going with a victory over “The Great.”
UFC Live on Versus 4 will take place on June 26 from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The main card will be broadcast on Versus in the U.S. and on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada.