Nate Marquardt will make his planned drop to welterweight at UFC on Versus 4 when he faces Anthony Johnson, according to UFC.com. Although he's coming off a win over Dan Miller in his last middleweight fight, Marquardt recently announced his plans to make the cut to 170, and had competed as light as 155 lbs very early in his career. Johnson, meanwhile, is riding his dominant victory over Dan Hardy at UFN 24.
"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."
Jun 26, live on Versus from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:
Nate "The Great" Marquardt (31-10-2)
Win Dan Miller - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 128
Loss Yushin Okami - Decision (Unanimous) UFC 122
Win Rousimar Palhares - TKO (Punches) UFC FN 22
Anthony "Rumble" Johnson (9-3)
Win Dan Hardy - Decision (Unanimous) UFC FN 24
Loss Josh Koscheck - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) UFC 106
Win Yoshiyuki Yoshida - TKO (Punches) UFC 104