NATE ‘THE GREAT’ MARQUARDT AND RICK ‘THE HORROR’ STORY HEADLINE VERSUS’ FOURTH LIVE ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP (UFC) EVENT ON JUNE 26

NATE ‘THE GREAT’ MARQUARDT AND RICK ‘THE HORROR’ STORY HEADLINE VERSUS’ FOURTH LIVE ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP (UFC) EVENT ON JUNE 26

NEW YORK —VERSUS will air its second UFC® event of the year on Sunday, June 26, with a main event featuring veteran fighter Nate “The Great” Marquardt, in his first ever welterweight match, taking on Rick “The Horror” Story. The highly anticipated three-round battle originates from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh and will air live on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET.

VERSUS will once again offer extended coverage of the event with two live shows, a 60-minute pre-fight show and 30-minute wrap-up show, hosted by Todd Harris and featuring MMA writer Ariel Helwani and UFC Fighter Stephan Bonnar. Tina Dixon will serve as a reporter for the shows, conducting interviews with the fighters. The pre-show will also include an exclusive interview with UFC President Dana White, as well as one-on-one interviews with Marquardt and Story before they enter the Octagon®.

Marquardt (34-10-2) is a UFC veteran and seven-time King of Pancrase. He recently dropped weight to compete at 170-pounds and has victories over Martin Kampmann and Dan Miller in the middleweight division. Marquardt will have to use his black belt jiu-jitsu skills when facing Story (13-3) who is fresh off a phenomenal win over former number one contender Thiago Alves on May 28. The 26-year-old Story has six straight wins under his belt and will look for his seventh against his most seasoned opponent to-date.

The night’s undercard features a heavyweight showdown between Pat “HD” Barry (6-2), a former professional kickboxer, and Cheick Kongo (25-6-2), a lethal 6’ 4” striker. Additionally, Seattle native Matt “The Immortal” Brown (13-10) will try to secure a win against John “Doomsday” Howard (14-6) in the night’s second featured welterweight battle. Finally, heavyweight Christian Morecraft (7-1-0) will take on former NFL player and rising star Matt Mitrione (4-0).

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