The UFC’s first event in Pittsburgh finally has a main event. It will feature the debut of a former middleweight title contender at welterweight.

Nate Marquardt has agreed to meet Anthony Johnson in the headline fight for the upcoming UFC on Versus 4 card set to go down on June 26 at the Consol Energy Center.

The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up on Wednesday, with verbal agreements in place for the June bout. The UFC later confirmed the bout, as well.

Marquardt (31-10-2) recently discussed the possibility of moving down to welterweight, and now the decision appears to have been made. A former title contender at 185 pounds, Marquardt has gone 2-2 in his last four fights. He will now face a new challenge in the welterweight division.

While he’s cutting to 170 pounds, his first opponent may make him feel like he’s still  fighting at middleweight.

Anthony Johnson (9-3) steps back into action after a successful return in March, where he dominated former title contender Dan Hardy. Johnson had been out of action for over a year dealing with knee injuries, but now gets a chance to face one of the UFC’s best in a featured bout on the UFC on Versus 4 card.

The UFC on Versus 4 show takes place at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on June 26.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Nick Diaz Gets Brief Jail Time in DUI Plea Deal

  • 8 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC fighter Nick Diaz agreed to a plea agreement on Monday, which avoids a lengthy jail sentence, but doesn't keep him from going behind bars altogether. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 72: Bisping vs. Leites Full Results and Live Fight Analytics

  • 11 days ago
  • 41 views

UFC Fight Night 72 full results and live fight analytics from Glasgow, Scotland, where Michael Bisping and Thales Leites meet in a middleweight main event. read news >>

Anthony Johnson doesn't want to dwell on title loss, but 'I think about it every day'

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 views

With a newly announced slot on September's UFC 191 event, there's no doubt that Anthony Johnson will be asked about his most recent trip to the octagon. "Rumble" admits he thinks about it every day, read news >>

Anthony Johnson's next fight set against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 191 on Sept. 5

  • 13 days ago
  • 5 views

Fresh off perhaps the most disappointing loss of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, No. 1-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight contender, Anthony Johnson, will look to rebo read news >>

Johnson vs. Dodson Rematch Heads UFC 191; Paige Van Zant and Anthony Johnson on Board

  • 13 days ago
  • 3 views

Promotion officials on Wednesday night revealed the a rematch between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson would headline UFC 191 in September. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 71: Mir vs. Duffee Full Results and Live Fight Analytics

  • 14 days ago
  • 581 views

UFC Fight Night 71 full results and live fight analytics from San Diego, where heavyweights Frank Mir and Todd Duffee meet in the main event. read news >>

UFC 189 Results: The Good, Bad and the Strange from Las Vegas

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 views

Las Vegas — Something special happens when a fighter rises to meet expectations, and UFC 189 was all about seeing if Conor McGregor could live up to his. In the two years since his official Octagon d read news >>

Uriah Hall Draws Joe Riggs at UFC Fight Night Nashville

  • 25 days ago
  • 10 views

Uriah Hall will meet Joe Riggs in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville. read news >>

Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson planning UFC return in August

  • 26 days ago
  • 8 views

For Anthony Johnson, there's no better way to get over a devastating loss than to get right back into the thick of things. That's just what "Rumble" plans to do after coming up short against Daniel C read news >>

Ronda Rousey ‘honored’ to meet ‘next dominant champion’ Joanna Jedrzejczyk

  • 26 days ago
  • 64 views

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey revealed that she was ‘nervous’ to meet Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the first time. read news >>