7 Fights Greenlit for UFC Live 4

By Mike Whitman Apr 20, 2011
Matt Mitrione will stand across from Christian Morecraft at UFC Live 4 on June 26. | Photo: Dave Mandel

Seven bouts are now official for UFC Live 4.

Headlined by Nate Marquardt's welterweight debut against Anthony Johnson, the event goes down June 26 from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The show will also feature a pair of heavyweight attractions, as kickboxers Patrick Barry and Cheick Kongo lock horns and Christian Morecraft will take on Matt Mitrione.

Additionally, former lightweight stalwart Tyson Griffin will make his featherweight debut at the event against former WEC title challenger Manny Gamburyan. UFC Live 4 will also showcase a pair of lightweight “Ultimate Fighter” alums, as Joe Lauzon and Michael Johnson meet Curt Warburton and Edward Faaloloto, respectively. Also, welterweight veteran Matt Brown will welcome Rich Attonito to the 170-pound division at the event, as “The Raging Bull” makes the cut from middleweight.

A former King of Pancrase and UFC middleweight title contender, Marquardt has gone 2-2 in his last four Octagon outings. Active in 2010, “The Great” fought three times last year, knocking out stout submission specialist Rousimar Palhares while dropping decisions to fellow title contenders Yushin Okami and Chael Sonnen. Marquardt kicked off 2011 in winning fashion, outpointing AMA Fight Club scrapper Dan Miller at UFC 128 in March.

Known for his heavy hands, Johnson recently departed from his trademark style and out-wrestled Dan Hardy en route to a unanimous decision victory at UFC Fight Night 24. The bout marked Johnson's first appearance in the cage in 16 months, as “Rumble” was forced to undergo knee surgery following a 2009 submission loss to Josh Koscheck.

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