twitter google

Nate Marquardt Out Of The UFC, Charlie Brenneman Faces Rick Story at UFC on Versus 4 (Update)

Tomorrow’s UFC on Versus 4 card has taken a major last-minute hit. Several outlets are reporting that Nate Marquardt didn’t get medical clearance and won’t be allowed to headline tomorrow’s show. MMA Junkie is reporting that Charlie Brenneman will face Rick Story instead and Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo has been bumped up to the main event slot. ( 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 (6-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Cheick Kongo (15-6-2 MMA, 8-4-1 UFC) has now been promoted to main-event status.

It’s unclear what caused Marquardt to fail his medicals, but his camp did release a statement explaining that this was only a temporary setback and plans to be back in action as soon as possible.

Image via Dave Mandel for Sherdog

Update: Wow, so it looks like whatever caused Nate Marquardt to fail his medicals pissed Dana White off enough to make a video announcing his release. It’s still unclear what happened, but MMA Fighting heard from one member of Marquardt’s camp that he “believed he could make weight before commission members ruled him out.”

Follow MMAConvert

Fight Cards

UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson

Event Date: October 3, 2015
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 144: Galvao vs. Dantas 2

Event Date: October 16, 2015
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 76: Poirier vs. Duffy

Event Date: October 24, 2015
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 145: Vengeance

Event Date: November 6, 2015
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson III

Event Date: November 7, 2015
Broadcast: TBD

UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm

Event Date: November 14, 2015
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass