Anthony Johnson was all set to welcome perennial middleweight contender Nate Marquart to the 170-pound division this coming June 26 at UFC on Versus 4 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; however, an injury has forced him off the card.
The promotion brought word of the switch via its Twitter account.
Story has accepted this bout less than a week removed from his three-round war against Thiago Alves at the UFC 130 event on May 28. He absorbed a ton of punishment but outlasted "Pitbull" on his way to a unanimous decision win.
It was the sixth in a row for "Horror" who has been campaigning for a shot at the welterweight title. He's steadily working his way up the ladder, picking off contenders as he goes.
Next up: a divisional newcomer with a stellar track record.
After his dominant decision win over Dan Miller at UFC 128: "Shogun vs. Jones" last month, muscle-bound Marquardt shocked just about everyone when he made an off-the-cuff remark that he was toying with the idea of dropping a weight class.
He was apparently serious, regardless of the fact that his long-time training partner, Georges St. Pierre, has ruled the 170-pound roost for the past six years.
"The Great," who company president Dana White essentially ruled a "choker" in big fights, has been maddeningly inconsistent at middleweight since a first round loss to division champion Anderson Silva in 2007.
Perhaps he feels that shedding a few pounds will get him over the hump.
But will it? And is Rick Story a better match-up than Anthony Johnson would have been?
UFC on Versus 4, which goes down June 26 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will now feature a main event of Nate Marquardt vs. Rick Story.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for future updates to this still-developing fight card.