The UFC announced today the top fights for UFC Live On Versus 4 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
In the night’s main event, former middleweight title challenger Nate “The Great” Marquardt will make his debut at 170-pounds when he battles Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. Fierce kickboxer Pat “HD” Barry squares off against feared French striker Cheick Kongo in the co-headliner. Plus, Christian Morecraft and Matt Mitrione are set to collide in a heavyweight clash.
A former challenger to the UFC middleweight title, Nate Marquardt (34-10-2) makes his welterweight debut in Pittsburgh and hopes to spark a run toward a championship. Known for his well-rounded game which includes a blend of knockout power and grappling efficiency, the 31-year-old believes a fight with Johnson is a perfect way to launch his career at 170-pounds.
“Nate Marquardt is an incredible athlete and his size and strength could make him a force in the UFC welterweight division,” UFC President Dana White said. “He’s not getting an easy fight for his first time at 170 pounds though. ‘Rumble’ has knockout power and great wrestling, and will make a huge statement if he beats Nate.”
Fresh off a victory over top contender Dan Hardy, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (9-3) returns to the Octagon for a pivotal collision with Marquardt in Pennsylvania. Recognized for his tremendous power and wrestling prowess, the 27-year-old has won four out of his last five and believes a win over “The Great” would be the signature victory his record needs.
His vicious leg kicks and charismatic personality have made Pat Barry (6-2) one of the heavyweight division’s most popular fighters in recent months. After defeating Joey Beltran by decision in January, the 31-year-old New Orleans native is set to battle feared French competitor Cheick Kongo (25-6-2). Kongo, who has taken on top competition that includes Mirko Cro Cop, Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir, is eager to prove that he is the best kickboxer in the division and plans on knocking out the K-1 veteran Barry when the two meet this summer.
“I really love the Barry-Kongo fight,” admitted White. “Both of these guys love to stand and trade and both come from kickboxing backgrounds. I expect it to be a war in that fight.”
Another heavyweight bout pits The Ultimate Fighter 10 veteran Matt Mitrione (4-0) against Christian Morecraft (7-1). A former NFL player, the 32-year-old Mitrione is unbeaten in four UFC bouts and has scored impressive stoppages in three of those contests. He’ll face a stern test in the 24-year-old Morecraft, who submitted Sean McCorkle in his last UFC contest in March.
UFC Live 4 will be televised nationally live on VERSUS on June 26 beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Tickets go on sale to the public this Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets will be available at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center, online at ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.