UFC On Versus 4 Fight Card: Marquardt Not 'Medically Cleared', Brenneman Faces Story In Co-Main Event

Rick Story is replacing an injured Anthony Johnson against Nate Marquardt at UFC on Versus 4.

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UFC On Versus 4 Fight Card: Nate Marquardt Not 'Medically Cleared', Brenneman To Face Story

UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt, who was set to make his welterweight debut against Rick Story in the main event of UFC on Versus 4 tomorrow night has not been 'medically cleared' by the Pennsylvania athletic commission, according to sources close to Marquardt. No details about the nature of the medical issue are known at this time. According to a report by MMA Junkie, welterweight Charlie Brenneman will face Story instead. The initial co-main event for this card, Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo, is now the main event.

This is the third opponent Brenneman has been scheduled to face on the UFC on Versus 4 fight card. He was originally scheduled to face Matt Riddle and then T.J. Grant, but both were forced out due to injury. Story himself served as replacement to face Marquardt, stepping in for Anthony Johnson.

The full UFC on Versus 4 card as of the time of this writing:

Main card (airing on Versus at 9 p.m. ET)

Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo
Rick Story vs. Charlie Brenneman
Matt Brown vs. John Howard

Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft

Preliminary card (airing on Facebook at 6 p.m. ET)

Manny Gamburyan vs. Tyson Griffin
Joe Stevenson vs. Javier Vazquez
Joe Lauzon vs. Curt Warburton
Rich Attonito vs. Daniel Roberts
Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira
Matt Grice vs. Ricardo Lamas

Edward Faaloloto vs. Michael Johnson

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UFC On Versus 4 Preliminary Fight Card To Air On Facebook

According to a report by MMA Junkie, the preliminary portion of the fight card for UFC on Versus 4 will air in its entirety on the UFC's Facebook page. This move by the UFC continues a recent trend of using Facebook to air full portions of preliminary cards. While the main card for UFC on Versus 4 begins at 9 p.m. ET, the Facebook portion of the event will kick off at approximately 6 p.m. ET.

The full UFC on Versus 4 card includes:

Main card (airing on Versus at 9 p.m. ET)

Nate Marquardt vs. Rick Story
Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo
Matt Brown vs. John Howard
Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft

Preliminary card (airing on Facebook at 6 p.m. ET)

Manny Gamburyan vs. Tyson Griffin
Joe Stevenson vs. Javier Vazquez
Joe Lauzon vs. Curt Warburton
Rich Attonito vs. Daniel Roberts
Charlie Brenneman
vs. T.J. Grant
Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira
Matt Grice vs. Ricardo Lamas

Edward Faaloloto vs. Michael Johnson

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UFC On Versus 4 Fight Card: John Howard Vs. Matt Brown, Rich Attonito Vs. Daniel Roberts Official

Two new bouts have been added to the UFC on Versus 4 fight card due to injury. John Howard and Rich Attonito were already scheduled to appear on the card, but have new opponents due to injury and a little reshuffling. UFC confirmed the news on their website:

Welterweight contender Martin Kampmann has been forced out of his upcoming main card bout due to an injury. John "Doomsday" Howard will now collide with Matt "The Immortal" Brown on June 26, Dana White announced today.

Brown was originally scheduled to face Rich Attonito on the Pittsburgh card; with Brown moving up on the card, Attonito will now fight Skrap Pack product Daniel Roberts at UFC Live.

The fight card for UFC on Versus 4 is now the following:

Nate Marquardt vs. Rick Story
Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo
John Howard vs. Matt Brown
Rich Attonito vs. Daniel Roberts
Joe Stevenson vs. Javier Vazquez
Tyson Griffin vs. Manny Gamburyan
Joe Lauzon vs. Curt Warburton
Michael Johnson vs. Edward Faaloloto
Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft
Matt Grice vs. Ricardo Lamas
T.J. Grant vs. Charlie Brennema

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UFC On Versus 4 Fight Card: Rick Story Replaces Anthony Johnson Against Nate Marquardt

According to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the main event at UFC on Versus 4 has been shaken up. Due to injury, headliner Anthony Johnson is out of his fight with Nate Marquardt. Replacing him will be fast-rising Rick Story, who just competed at UFC 130 on May 28th winning a unanimous decision against Thiago Alves.

There is no word yet on the nature of Johnson's injury. Bloody Elbow details the history of Johnson's injuries here in terms of pulling out of fights.

UFC on Versus 4 takes place June 26th at the Consol Energy Center on Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Given the last week is of preparation before the fight is largely devoted to travel, media and resting the body, Story has approximately three weeks to train for this fight. While he is likely in fighting shape and seemingly uninjured after his UFC 130 bout, it's not clear what toll this will take on Story fighting against top competition in such close proximity.

The UFC tweeted the news last night:

Big change to Pittsburgh card - Anthony Johnson injured, @NathanMarquardt will now face @Rick_Story in the main event!less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

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