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No more Nate Marquardt on Sunday’s Versus card

Anyone else find it ironic that Nate Marquardt had to pull out of his UFC on Versus fight while SpikeTV is in the middle of a Marquardt Marathon? Or am I just being all Alanis Morissette with the improper application of the word ‘ironic’? ( has learned that Marquardt is a late scratch from Sunday’s UFC on Versus 4 event, and opponent Rick Story (13-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) will now instead meet Charlie Brenneman (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on the evening’s main card.

With the late change, a highly-anticipated heavyweight bout between Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo has now been promoted to main-event status.

The reason for Marquardt’s last-minute withdrawal, mere hours before he was scheduled to hit the scales at the event’s official weigh-ins, wasn’t immediately evident. However, Marquardt’s camp did release a statement insisting the setback was temporary and his future still lies at 170 pounds.

“Nate is really disappointed,” the statement read. “He really was looking forward to making his welterweight debut, and he plans to be back in there as soon as possible.”

It’s a complete Gina Carano at the moment as to why Nate’s off the card, but when you’re pulling out this soon it narrows down the problems. Random speculation: weight problems, sickness, or sickness because of weight problems? Filthy Ginger Disease? Marquardt wouldn’t be the only sick fighter forced off the card … replacement Charlie Brenneman was originally going to be sitting on the sidelines because his opponent TJ Grant was ill. Let’s hope he didn’t hit the pasta buffet after that whole thing fell apart!

  • glassjawsh

    thus completing this cards metamorphasis from fillet minot (medium rare) to crap sammich

  • Letibleu


  • Billytk

    No more Nate Marquardt period..

  • fightlinker

    pretty insane stuff. Wonder what could justify?

  • kvelertak

    Uh why can’t these idiots learn to cycle properly and get off their shit weeks before they have to take medicals.

    if some junkie potheads working at mcdonalds can pass a drug test… why the fuck can’t these guys do it when it’s their goddamn job.

    Not that I’m that angry as I can’t remember a Marquardt fight that impressed me, and I’m certainly not angry that he does ‘roids.

    Just be pro about taking roids please.

  • Royal

    Great. Now he has more time to answer stupid inane questions about what it’s like to hang out with movie stars.

  • Royal

    This card never sold at all. There’s still seats available at Consol. Both newspapers could give a shit less (one even did a shit article on the 1983 “tough guys” event more then on the current UFC card) and even local sports radio asked if Shaq was fighting.

    It’s full retard around here.

  • Letibleu

  • iamphoenix

    “…a highly-anticipated heavyweight bout between Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo has now been promoted to main-event status.”

    highly anticipated are the wrong words. he needs to choose words that don’t sound dumb when talking about a regular hw fight that doesn’t mean anything.

  • Blackula Jonez

    stfu phoenix, this is the golden age of heavyweights, every fight matters.

  • Letibleu

    Yeah, like Fedor, Alistair and Cro Cop.

  • CAP

    fucking gingers.