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Sunday is officially* National Nate Marquardt Appreciation Day


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If you are a Nate Marquardt fan, clear the decks on Sunday. Set your DVR, order some dinner and dig in for a NATE-tastic evening.

As the headline for UFC on Versus 4, Marquardt will face Rick Story. This will be Marquardt's first bout at welterweight, and Story's second bout in less than a month. But that's not all, Marquardtians.

He will also be the focus of an all-day marathon on Spike, with UFC Unleasheds and full replays of events that will feature Marquardt's bouts with Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen, Martin Kampmann, Ivan Salaverry, Wilson Gouveia, and Rousimar Palhares.

The marathon starts 1 p.m. ET and will end at 11 p.m. ET, which means it will overlap with the live fights on Versus. It's a curious strategy for Spike to use, since few people would rather watch an old fight than a new one unfolding before their eyes. Perhaps the Spike programming execs are really huge fans of Nate the Great.

* Not actually official.

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