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’?
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) 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!