A few weeks ago, not many people had heard of Rick Story. His dominant performance against Thiago Alves at UFC 130 changed all of that. In that fight, he used his wrestling and striking to control one of the best welterweights on the planet in Alves. He won by unanimous decision. Anthony Johnson was the initial opponent for Marquardt, but pulled out due to a rotator cuff injury he suffered very recently.
That performance earned Story a spot in the top ten of the division. He is currently my number 10 welterweight and he can rise significantly higher on that list with a win over Nate Marquardt. The fight is June 26 on the Versus cable television network. The fight will be live and it is in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in the states.
Story and Marquardt have been among the busiest fighters in the UFC. For Story, this will be his second fight in four weeks. He fought four times in 2010 and is 6-0 in his last six fights. Marquardt has fought six times in the last eighteen months and gone 4-2 in his last six. Keeping busy has helped both fighters stay sharp and they will both need to be at the top of their games when facing each other.
Marquardt has spent most of his career at middleweight and a win against Story instantly puts him into the title picture at welterweight. He has one of the most well rounded games in all of MMA. His BJJ and his striking are excellent and his wrestling is ever improving. He is trained by, who many consider the premier trainer in MMA, Greg Jackson.
Story fights out of Vancouver, Washington and is mostly known for his wrestling. His striking is improved enough to make him a threat while standing as well. His relentless straight ahead style and frenetic pace will be a handful for any fighter.
Another great matchup on the card is Cheick Kongo vs Pat Barry. This fight matches two of the best strikers in the heavyweight division. Do not blink while this one is on, because it could and should end in a knock out.
By Eric Hobaugh from www.arearnakedchoke.com
- Welterweight bout: United States Nate Marquardt vs. United States Rick Story
- Heavyweight bout: France Cheick Kongo vs. United States Pat Barry
- Welterweight bout: United States Matt Brown vs. United States John Howard
- Heavyweight bout: United States Matt Mitrione vs. United States Christian Morecraft
- Featherweight bout: United States Tyson Griffin vs. Armenia Manvel Gamburyan
- Featherweight bout: United States Joe Stevenson vs. Cuba Javier Vazquez
- Lightweight bout: United States Joe Lauzon vs. England Curt Warburton
- Welterweight bout: United States Daniel Roberts vs. United States Rich Attonito
- Welterweight bout: United States Charlie Brenneman vs. Canada TJ Grant
- Lightweight bout: United States Nik Lentz vs. Brazil Charles Oliveira
- Featherweight bout: United States Ricardo Lamas vs. United States Matt Grice
- Lightweight bout: United States Michael Johnson vs. United States Edward Faaloloto