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Rick Story to weigh 190lbs against Marquardt

ESPN staff
June 22, 2011

Rick Story has dismissed fears that he will suffer against the bigger man at UFC Live, revealing he will be about 190lbs when he steps into the Octagon.

Story puts his six-fight win streak on the line against welterweight debutant Nate Marquardt, who has spent the majority of his career as a contender in the middleweight division.

The fear for Story is that he will struggle to implement his wrestling game against a natural 185-pounder like Marquardt, but the 26-year-old insists power will not be a problem come Sunday evening in Pittsburgh.

"I fought [at 185lbs] in my first fight and in some of my amateur fights," Story explained to Pro MMA Radio. "I'm pretty big. The highest weight I've ever been walking around at was 217lbs.

"I fought at 205 at some of my amateur fights and my first professional fight I was still coming down from a high weight and then I fought Mario Miranda at 185 for my first professional fight.

"On fight night, I'm usually walking around anywhere between 187 and 191 pounds, depending on how much liquid I drink."

Marquardt has struggled against wrestlers in the past, losing recently to Yushin Okami and Chael Sonnen, and Story believes he has seen plenty of holes to exploit.

"Watching that fight, Chael has a lot of the same style that I do or I have the same style as Chael. It shows some tendencies that Marquardt has and what happens when the pace is pushed against him and it's something that I can build confidence from."

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