Nate Marquardt steps into the main event at UFC on Versus 4 not only with the weight of a headlining bout on his shoulders, but also the prospect of fighting for the first time in a new weight class in the Octagon.

A staple of the middleweight division since his UFC debut in 2005, Marquardt has bumped up against realizing his dream, a UFC championship, several times at 185 pounds, only to fall short.

Noticing how much better he felt at a lighter walking around weight, he decided to give the welterweight class a go. He has no easy first fight at his new weight, stepping into the Octagon with Rick Story, who has quickly risen up the ranks of the division.

Their fight on June 26 in Pittsburgh will be a proving ground for both fighters, determining who will take the next steps up the UFC welterweight ladder.

Marquardt’s friend and teammate, Georges St-Pierre, waits at the top of that ladder. Marquardt spoke with MMAWeekly.com about his upcoming fight with Story, his decision to make the drop to 170 pounds, and what his St-Pierre had to say about the move.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Champ Marlon Moraes Excited to Show How Great WSOF and Its Fighters Are

  • 28 days ago
  • 8 views

Bantamweight champ Marlon Moraes is excited heading into his WSOF 32 rematch. "Let’s show everyone we are a big show and are great fighters.” read news >>

Ben Fodor Doesn’t Want to Fight His Brother, Caros, at WSOF 32, but He’s Mad

  • 27 days ago
  • 43 views

Ben Fodor is fighting his brother, Caros, at WSOF 32 on Saturday. He doesn't really want to, but he's mad. read news >>

UFC 201 Video: Rose Namajunas Feeling Confident Heading into Karolina Kowalkiewicz Fight

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

Strawweight contender Rose Namajunas made an attitude adjustment following her last fight and is feeling confident heading into bout with Karolina Kowalkiewicz. read news >>

UFC 201 Results: 5 Burning Questions Heading into UFC Fight Night 92

  • 26 days ago
  • 16 views

UFC 201 is in the books. The results are as follows (via Bleacher Report's Nathan McCarter): Tyron Woodley defeats Robbie Lawler by KO at 2:12 of the first round Karolina Kowalkiewicz defeats Rose Na read news >>

Desmond Green Aiming for Big Finishes, as He Pushes for a UFC Contract

  • 26 days ago
  • 11 views

Heading into Titan FC 40, Desmond Green is looking to finish fights in devastating fashion, in hopes of making the move to the UFC. read news >>

A Wealth of Experience Gives Jose Torres Confidence Heading into Titan FC 40 Showdown

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

Jose Torres may be short on pro experience, but his plethora of amateur fights has him feeling confident heading into Titan FC 40 on UFC Fight Pass. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 92 Results: 5 Burning Questions Heading into Diaz vs. McGregor 2

  • 20 days ago
  • 29 views

UFC Fight Night 92 is in the books. The results are as follows (via Bleacher Report's very own Craig Amos): UFC Fight Night 92 Main Card on Fox Sports 1 Yair Rodríguez def. Alex Caceres, split-decisi read news >>

Conor McGregor: ‘I Should Be a Two-Weight UFC World Champion’

  • 17 days ago
  • 51 views

Featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor says he's be a two-division UFC champion if Rafael dos Anjos had fought him at UFC 196 as originally planned. read news >>

Behind the Scenes of Cris Cyborg’s Brutal UFC 198 Weight Cut to 140 Pounds

  • 15 days ago
  • 789 views

Go behind the scenes of Cris "Cyborg" Justino's brutal UFC 198 weight cut to get down to 140 pounds. It might make you rethink criticizing her. read news >>

UFC 202 Primer: Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 12 days ago
  • 26 views

Donald Cerrone's (30-7, 1 NC) rise as a welterweight contender will be put to the test at UFC 202, where he'll square off against Rick Story (19-8). Cerrone finished 2015 with a disappointing result read news >>