Well, here’s why Anthony Johnson isn’t fighting his heated rival John Howard next. It turns out he has much bigger fish to fry, figuratively and literally. The UFC announced this evening that Nate Marquardt is dropping down to welterweight to make a run at the title and Johnson is his first opponent.

Verbal agreements are in for the main event of UFC on Versus on June 26th, as Anthony Johnson takes on Nate Marquardt.

“Anthony Johnson has always been one of the largest welterweights in the UFC but now former top middleweight contender Nate Marquardt will drop down and attempt a run at the welterweight title,” said UFC President Dana White. “Both of these guys are powerful strikers and grapplers and it should be a great fight.”

I’m not sure fighting a guy that’s could be mistaken for a light heavyweight is what Nate Marquardt had in mind when he decided to fight smaller guys in the welterweight division, but it should be a heck of a fight. Should be an interesting weigh-in too. Will both of them be able to make weight on June 25?

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