At least one person has benefited from Nate Marquardt’s removal from the UFC on Versus 4 main event, as his replacement Charlie Brenneman took home the biggest win of his career by defeating Rick Story.
Marquardt was removed from the main event against Story after failing his pre-fight medicals and Brenneman, who was to fight TJ Grant before Grant pulled out of the bout, was brought in as a replacement against “Horror.” The Pennsylvania native made good on his big opportunity and beat Story at his own game en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Story admitted at the evening’s post-fight press conference that he wasn’t properly prepared for the last-minute change of opponents.
“Coming into this fight I was prepared to fight a taller kickboxer with jiu-jistu,” Story said. “I wasn’t prepared to fight a shorter attacking wrestler, so I didn’t train as much wrestling… or any wrestling for the last three weeks and he got the better of me tonight.”
Story wasn’t going to go quietly, but Brenneman took control of the fight fairly early on, taking Story out of his element by putting him on his back and controlling him for a good portion of the first frame. The second frame showed more of the same, with Brenneman able to out-wrestle Story and avoid any of the big power shots that “Horror” was becoming known for.
Story came out hard in the third, giving Brenneman plenty of trouble by threatening with submissions and reversing position late in the round to land in mount. “The Spaniard” showed heart and good instincts though in fighting out of the bad position and ending the last stanza on top of Story. Story admitted after the fight that the loss was “a setback,” and that he needs to be better prepared to face all comers.
“This is a setback, I gotta go back and train my heart out,” Story admitted. “I gotta train and come in well-rounded [for] all fights, no matter if it’s short notice or not.”
Despite the loss, UFC President Dana White doesn’t think that Story falls too far off the ladder after last night.
“He’s been on a incredible win streak,” said White. “This kid’s a fighter, he comes in, he’s got that attitude like Chuck Liddell. This kid just fought Thiago Alves, I don’t know, three weeks ago? And then he jumps right back in into another fight against a tough guy like Nate Marquardt. The opponent gets pulled from him at the last minute, he just said he was training for a kick-boxer and he still took the fight. I have nothing but respect for him.”