Proof that UFC is indeed on the cutting edge of sports broadcasting comes once again this Sunday with UFC Live: Marquardt vs Story.
No amount of tough news, including scheduled fighter Anthony Johnson pulling out from his battle with Nate Marquardt in the main event, has derailed the buzz that has been built up regarding this Sunday’s fights. Six preliminary bouts will once again be streamed live through Facebook. Versus will broadcast the five remaining fights in the U.S. and Rogers Sportsnet will broadcast the five fights in Canada. The model, showing prelim fights on Facebook and then broadcasting live on Versus and Rogers Sportsnet, has worked well for UFC in recent events.
As far as the fights are concerned, Rick Story takes the place of the injured Anthony Johnson in the main event. Story, 13 and 3 overall, hasn’t lost a bout since 2009. He steps into the fray against the veteran Marquardt who is tailor-made for the city of Pittsburgh with its steel mills and tough, hard-working, heritage. Story figures to give the vet all he can handle.
For Marquardt, Sunday’s main event is a drop to 170 pounds from 185. The 15 pound difference could actually work against the veteran in this bout as he figures to lose some of the energy he displayed at 185 and faces a quick, almost always well-conditioned fighter in Rick Story.
The entire UFC Live card is listed below.
UFC Live: Marquardt vs Story
Sunday, June 26
9 pm EST
Main Card – Versus (U.S.), Rogers Sportsnet (Canada)
- Rick Story -130 vs Nate Marquardt +100
- Pat Barry +160 vs Cheick Kongo -200
- Matt Brown +200 vs John Howard -260
- Christian Morecraft +210 vs Matt Mitrione -280
Undercard – Facebook
- Tyson Griffin vs Manvel Gamburyan
- Joe Stevenson vs Javier Vasquez
- Joe Lauzon vs Curt Warburton
- Daniel Roberts vs Rich Attonito
- Nick Lentz vs Charles Oliveira
- Ricardo Lamas vs Matt Grice
- Michael Johnson vs Edward Faaloto