UFC on Versus 4: Marquardt vs. Story, Early Predictions for Every Fight
In a month packed with cards in MMA, UFC on Versus 4 is able to put together a great card to broadcast live on television.
The card features the first bout at welterweight for former top middleweight contender, Nate Marquardt, who will be stepping in to face Rick Story. Story is taking the bout on short notice and is facing Marquardt just a month after he was able to take a decision victory from Thiago Alves.
The card also features two heavyweight bouts, Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry and Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft.
On top of the two heavyweight bouts, the card also features another welterweight showdown between Martin Kampmann, and John Howard.
Here are my predictions for UFC on Versus 4.
Tyson Griffin vs. Manvel Gamburyan
Prediction: Manvel Gamburyan
Joe Stevenson vs. Javier Vazquez
Prediction: Joe Stevenson
Joe Lauzon vs. Curt Warburton
Prediction: Joe Lauzon
Matt Brown vs. Rich Attonito
Prediction: Rich Attonito
Charlie Brenneman vs. TJ Grant
Prediction: TJ Grant
Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira
Prediction: Charles Oliveira
Ricardo Lamas vs. Matt Grice
Prediction: Matt Grice
Michael Johnson vs. Edward Faaloloto
Prediction: Michael Johnson
Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft
Matt Mitrione (4-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC)
Three wins by knockout, one win by decision
Christian Morecraft (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Four wins by submission, three by knockout
One loss by knockout
Breakdown: I want to see how long this fight goes, both fighters definitely have the chops to give each other a good fight standing. I think if Morecraft wants, he could take this fight to the ground or just choke out Mitrione standing. In all honesty, I think if this fight goes two rounds, whoever is the better one in shape, wins this fight.
Prediction: Mitrione by second-round knockout
Martin Kampmann vs. John Howard
Martin Kampmann (17-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC)
Seven wins by knockout, six by submission, three by decision, one by disqualification
Three losses by knockout, two by decision
John Howard (14-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC)
Six wins by submission, four by knockout, four by decision
Three losses by decision, two by knockout, one by submission
Breakdown: This is tough as both Howard and Kampmann are facing the possibility of being cut. Both fighters are currently on two-fight losing streaks. Howard is going to have to stand with Kampmann seeing as Kampmann has never been submitted before. Howard is no joke standing though with four wins by knockout, but even then Kampmann is very deadly.
Prediction: Kampmann by second-round TKO
Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry
Cheick Kongo (15-6-2 MMA, 8-4 UFC)
Nine wins by knockout, three by submission, three by decision
Four losses by decision, one by knockout, one by submission
Pat Barry (6-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Five wins by knockout, one by decision
Two losses by submission
Breakdown: I'm really excited for this one and it should be a nice striking war to entertain the fans on an already good card. You have two guys with kickboxing skills, but obviously Barry holds that advantage. I think Kongo's five inch height advantage and seven and a half inch reach advantage will play a role in him winning against Barry.
Prediction: Kongo by unanimous decision
Nate Marquardt vs. Rick Story
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Nate Marquardt (31-10-2 MMA, 10-4 UFC)
15 wins by submission, eight by decision, eight by knockout
Seven losses by decision, two by submission, one by knockout
Rick Story (13-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC)
Eight wins by decision, three by knockout, two by submission
Three losses by decision
Breakdown: Nate Marquardt is making his debut at welterweight against a very game Rick Story. Story is coming off of a huge win less then a month ago against top welterweight, Thiago Alves. I think Marquardt makes a good drop in weight, comes in and picks apart Story standing and even if the fight does go to the ground, I can see Marquardt edging out a decision victory.
Prediction: Marquardt by unanimous decision