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PITTSBURGH - Before, during and now after, Sunday night’s UFC Live 4 on the Versus Network was a wild one.

From Nate Marquardt’s sudden expulsion from both the event and the company to Charlie Brenneman sidetracking Rick Story’s momentum to Cheick Kongo pulling off the unbelievable in the main event, there were some plot twists. Even the UFC president seemed pleased, as Dana White called it one of the best events his organization has ever done.

As always there were lessons to be learned. Here are the five most important storylines to emerge from UFC Live 4 …

1. Get your medicals cleared, people.

We still don’t know exactly why the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission refused to let Marquardt fight, but the most persistent rumors say it has something to do with testosterone therapy. Again, that’s still just the unconfirmed rumor and will remain that way until the fighter delivers the full statement his camp is promising for Tuesday. Regardless of what the exact problem was, Marquardt appears foolish to have left anything up in the air or to chance leading up to his scheduled welterweight debut. As the first high-profile fighter to be fired in a scandal since Zuffa, LLC bought Strikeforce, he now faces a very bleak working environment in which to try to hit the ground running.


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