The UFC Live 4 lineup has undergone a massive change on the eve of taking place, as the headlining match-up between debuting welterweight Nate Marquardt and rapidly ascending prospect Rick Story has been scrapped after it was revealed Marquardt would not be competing at the event after failing the required physical for undisclosed reasons. Pennsylvania product Charlie Brenneman will step into the void created by the former 185-pound contender’s absence after having his own fight laid to waste with a last minute change when opponent T.J. Grant withdrew due to illness.
News of the shake up was first reported by MMAJunkie and has since been confirmed by UFC officials where it was also reported Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo will now serve as the card’s main event.
In a related story, UFC President Dana White released a short video stating the company had severed ties with Marquardt who incredibly went from main event fighter to free agent in less than an hour.
Story himself was also a fill-in after Marquardt’s originally scheduled adversary, Anthony Johnson, was also forced off the card for health-related reasons.
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