UFC on Versus 4 odds: Nate Marquardt vs Rick Story

UFC on Versus 4 is set to go down this Sunday night (June 26, 2011) live on the cable television network emanating from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

In the headlining bout, Rick Story looks to make a serious statement in the welterweight division when he steps up on short notice to replace Anthony Johnson against former middleweight number one contender Nate Marquardt.

And "The Great" is probably staring in "Horror" at the current betting line, which pegs Story as the -130 favorite.

That leaves Marquardt as the +110 underdog, which may have resulted from the "X-factor" surrounding his first cut to 170-pounds in addition to Story's blistering six-fight win streak.

Are the oddsmakers calling it like they see it? Or playing it safe? Take a look at how these two welterweights stack up after the jump and decide for yourself.

170 lbs.: Nate "The Great" Marquardt (31-10-2) vs. Rick "Horror" Story (13-3)

Backgrounds (last five fights):

Marquardt:

Record: 3-2
Notable wins: Finished two Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialists in Demian Maia and Rousimar Palhares
Notable losses: Outclassed by Chael Sonnen, phoned it in against Yushin Okami
Strengths: As well-rounded as they come, great camp, experienced
Weaknesses: Falters against the upper echelon of the division, untested at welterweight

Story:

Record: 5-0
Notable wins: Made Thiago Alves look like a second-class citizen
Notable losses: Hasn't lost in two years, a close decision to John Hathaway
Strengths: Strong like bull, constantly improving, has momentum
Weaknesses: Decision monster, defense has a few holes in it

Nate Marquardt (+110) vs. Rick Story (-130) at UFC on Versus 4. Who ya' got and why?

For more MMA odds and betting lines for UFC on Versus 4 or to see how the numbers stack up for different events check out odds aggregate OddsShark by clicking here.

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