Rick Story

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Rick Story
Born (1984-08-28) August 28, 1984 (age 29)
Tacoma, Washington, United States
Other names The Horror
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Division Welterweight (170 lb)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Style Collegiate Wrestling, Kickboxing
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Vancouver, Washington
Team Brave Legion
Years active 2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 24
Wins 16
By knockout 4
By submission 3
By decision 9
Losses 8
By submission 1
By decision 7
Other information
University Southern Oregon University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Rick Thomas Story[1] (born August 28, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he fights as a welterweight.


Rick was born in Tacoma, Washington at Lakewood General Hospital to his mother, Patricia and his father, Edmund. At the age of three, Rick's parents divorced. Rick grew up in Spanaway, Washington with his grandmother and his older sister, Elizabeth.

Rick attended Bethel High School in Spanaway, Washington where he was a stand out wrestler and football player.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Rick initially caught interest in mixed martial arts when he was a young boy, stating that "[When I was around 12] I saw the first UFC videos and loved it. I was just getting into wrestling at that time and would always try some of the techniques with my friends. It was on the back of my mind until my sophomore year in college wrestling when a friend asked me if I would trade him some takedowns for submission techniques. I agreed and started training at this little hole in the wall and was asked to fight."[2]

When asked about his MMA inspirations, Story stated "I would like to emulate Fedor's aggressive instinct, Anderson Silva's elusive, quick striking, and B.J. Penn's ability to hype a fight. I train to be successful, and to make my team successful, I strive to be better than these fighters I just mentioned, but that is all expected."[2]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Story signed a four fight deal with the UFC and made his promotional debut losing to John Hathaway via unanimous decision on the UFC 99 card.

Story had his second UFC fight at UFC 103 after stepping in for Paul Daley against debuting Brian Foster.[3] Story defeated Foster via arm-triangle choke submission at 1:09 of round two and earned Submission of the Night and Fight of the Night honors.[4]

Story won his fight against Jesse Lennox at UFC Fight Night 20 held on January 11, 2010.[5] The fight was a three round war in which Story was given the unanimous decision win.

In January 2010, he was resigned to a new four fight deal with the UFC.[6] His first fight with the brand new contract was against Englishman, Nick Osipczak at UFC 112, the UFC's first trip to Abu Dhabi.[7] Story won the fight via controversial split decision.

Story fought Dustin Hazelett on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117.[8] After winning the first round, Story won via second round TKO.

Story faced future title holder Johny Hendricks on December 4, 2010 at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale[9] and won the fight via unanimous decision.

After his win over Hendricks, Story called out former number one contender, Thiago Alves. Alves accepted the fight, which took place on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130.[10] Story outworked Alves with his grappling and ring control for the majority of the fight. By the 3rd round, Alves began to connect with Story repeatedly but it wasn't enough. Story won via unanimous decision.

Story was expected to face Nate Marquardt at on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4, replacing an injured Anthony Johnson.[11] Marquardt, however, pulled out of the fight the day of the weigh-ins and Story instead faced Charlie Brenneman.[12] Story lost in a huge upset via unanimous decision.

Story lost to Martin Kampmann via unanimous decision on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139.[13] The fight was originally announced as a split decision, however, UFC president Dana White clarified at the post-fight press conference that all three judges had scored the match in favor of Kampmann.[14]

Story was expected to face Rich Attonito on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida.[15] However, Attonito was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Papy Abedi.[16] Abedi himself was also forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Brock Jardine.[17] Story won the fight via unanimous decision.

Story faced Demian Maia on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153.[18] He lost the bout via first round submission due to a neck crank, this was his first submission and stoppage loss in his career.

Story was expected to face Sean Pierson on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158.[19] However, Pierson was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Quinn Mulhern.[20] Story defeated Mulhern in the first round via TKO after landing a flurry of punches.

Story faced Mike Pyle on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160, replacing an injured Gunnar Nelson.[21] He lost the fight via split decision.

Story faced Brian Ebersole on November 16, 2013 at UFC 167.[22] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Story faced The Ultimate Fighter 17 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum on March 15, 2014 at UFC 171. He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.

Titles and Awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16–8 Kelvin Gastelum Decision (split) UFC 171 March 15, 2014 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 16–7 Brian Ebersole Decision (unanimous) UFC 167 November 16, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–7 Mike Pyle Decision (split) UFC 160 May 25, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–6 Quinn Mulhern TKO (punches) UFC 158 March 16, 2013 1 3:05 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 14–6 Demian Maia Submission (neck crank) UFC 153 October 13, 2012 1 2:30 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 14–5 Brock Jardine Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida June 22, 2012 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 13–5 Martin Kampmann Decision (unanimous) UFC 139 November 19, 2011 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 13–4 Charlie Brenneman Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry June 26, 2011 3 5:00 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 13–3 Thiago Alves Decision (unanimous) UFC 130 May 28, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–3 Johny Hendricks Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale December 4, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–3 Dustin Hazelett TKO (punches) UFC 117 August 7, 2010 2 1:15 Oakland, California, United States
Win 10–3 Nick Osipczak Decision (split) UFC 112 April 10, 2010 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 9–3 Jesse Lennox Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Maynard vs. Diaz January 11, 2010 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 8–3 Brian Foster Submission (arm triangle choke) UFC 103 September 19, 2009 2 1:09 Dallas, Texas, United States Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night
Loss 7–3 John Hathaway Decision (unanimous) UFC 99 June 13, 2009 3 5:00 Cologne, Germany
Win 7–2 Brandon Melendez Submission (rear naked choke) EWC: Vancouver September 6, 2008 1 2:17 Ridgefield, Washington, United States
Win 6–2 Wesley Welch KO (punch) Carnage at the Creek 3 August 22, 2008 1 N/A Shelton, Washington, United States
Win 5–2 Jake Ellenberger Decision (unanimous) SportFight 23 June 20, 2008 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 4–2 Ryan Healy Decision (unanimous) EWC: May Massacre May 10, 2008 5 5:00 Salem, Oregon, United States
Win 3–2 James Dodge Submission (rear naked choke) EWC: Welterweight War February 23, 2008 1 3:37 Salem, Oregon, United States
Win 2–2 Jake Paul TKO (punches) EWC: Capital Invasion January 12, 2008 2 1:03 Salem, Oregon, United States
Loss 1–2 Nathan Coy Decision (unanimous) SportFight 21: Seasons Beatings December 22, 2007 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 1–1 Julio Paulino Decision (Unanimous) AFC 41: Thankful Throwdowns November 15, 2007 3 5:00 Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Loss 0–1 Mario Miranda Decision (unanimous) Conquest of the Cage November 6, 2007 3 5:00 Airway Heights, Washington, United States


  1. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/2011%20Results%20Web/05-28-11%20MMA.pdf
  2. ^ a b "Rick Story: "I would like to Fight Karo Parisyan"". FightLockdown. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Morgan, John (September 7, 2009). "Welterweight Rick Story agrees to meet Brian Foster at UFC 103 in Dallas". MMAJunkie. Retrieved September 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/story-belfort-earn-65000-bonuses-19826
  5. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/16526/jesse-lennox-vs-rick-story-on-tap-for-ufc-fight-night-20-in-virginia.mma
  6. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/17608/ufc-signs-rick-story-to-new-four-fight-deal.mma
  7. ^ http://mmajunkie.com/news/17794/rick-story-vs-nick-osipczak-in-the-works-for-ufc-112-event.mma
  8. ^ "Welterweights Dustin Hazelett and Rick Story agree to meet at UFC 117 in August". mmajunkie.com. 2010-05-26. 
  9. ^ "Rick Story vs Johny Hendricks tapped for The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale main card". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Thiago Alves Returns to UFC in May, Expected to Face Rick Story". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Anthony Johnson out, Rick Story steps in to face Nate Marquardt at UFC on Versus 4". mmajunkie.com. June 2, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Marquardt scratched from UFC on Versus 4; Barry-Kongo now main, Story gets Brenneman". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-06-25. 
  13. ^ "Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story on tap for UFC 139 in San Jose". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  14. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqrjiX3fGvM
  15. ^ "Rick Story vs Rich Attonito added to UFC on FX 4 fight card in Atlantic City". mmamania.com. March 21, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Rick Story Gets New UFC on FX 4 Opponent". mmaweekly.com. May 8, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Rick Story Gets Third UFC on FX 4 Opponent". mmaweekly.com. May 30, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Rick Story says he's fighting Demian Maia at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro". mmajunkie.com. 31 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Sean Pierson vs. Rick Story added to UFC 158 in Montreal". MMAjunkie.com. January 8, 2013. 
  20. ^ Sousa, Jonas (2013-02-05). "Pierson out; Quinn Mulhern faces Rick Story at UFC 158". imperiomma.com. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  21. ^ Staff (April 10, 2013). "Rick Story replaces Gunnar Nelson, meets Mike Pyle at UFC 160". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  22. ^ Staff (September 8, 2013). "Brian Ebersole meets Rick Story at UFC 167 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 

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