|Born||August 28, 1984|
Tacoma, Washington, United States
|Other names||The Horror|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Vancouver, Washington, United States|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Southern Oregon University|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Rick Thomas Story (born August 28, 1984) is a retired American mixed martial artist. A professional from 2007-2018, he last competed for the Professional Fighters League, but is better known for his 19-fight tenure with the UFC.
Story was born in Tacoma, Washington and, at the age of three, his parents divorced. Story grew up in Spanaway, Washington, with his grandmother and his older sister, Elizabeth. Story began wrestling when he was around 12 years old and also began watching UFC fights. Story attended Bethel High School in Spanaway, Washington where he was a standout in both wrestling and football. Story continued his wrestling career at Southern Oregon University, where he was a runner-up in the 2006 NAIA National Championships, and began learning submission grappling from a friend during his sophomore year. After graduating with a degree in health education, Story embarked on a career in mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Story had his second UFC fight at UFC 103 after stepping in for Paul Daley against debuting Brian Foster. 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.
In January 2010, he was resigned to a new four-fight deal with the UFC. His first fight with the brand new contract was against Englishman, Nick Osipczak at UFC 112, the UFC's first trip to Abu Dhabi. Story won the fight via controversial split 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. 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 on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4, replacing an injured Anthony Johnson. Marquardt, however, pulled out of the fight the day of the weigh-ins and Story instead faced Charlie Brenneman. Story lost in a huge upset via unanimous decision.
Story lost to Martin Kampmann via split decision on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139. Dana White incorrectly reported at the post fight press conference that a judge's scores had been tabulated incorrectly and should have been announced as unanimous decision in favor of Kampmann. According to the California State Athletic Commission's website and confirmed by MMADecisions.com, judge Susan Thomas-Gitlin in fact scored the fight in favor of Story.
Story was expected to face Rich Attonito on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida. However, Attonito was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Papy Abedi. Abedi himself was also forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Brock Jardine. Story won the fight via unanimous decision.
Story was expected to face Sean Pierson on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158. However, Pierson was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Quinn Mulhern. 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. He lost the fight via controversial split decision despite controlling most of the action and dropping Pyle with punches in the first round.
Story was expected to face John Howard at UFC Fight Night 45 on July 16, 2014. However, Howard was forced out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by returning veteran Leonardo Mafra. Story defeated Mafra via submission in the second round.
Story was expected to face Erick Silva on June 27, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 70. However, Silva was removed from the card on June 19, after visa issues restricted his entry to the United States. In turn, Story was removed from the card as well. The bout with Story was rescheduled and was expected to take place on August 23, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 74. Subsequently, Story pulled out of the bout on August 11 citing injury and was replaced by Neil Magny.
On November 8, 2018, Story announced his retirement from professional competition.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championships
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|31 matches||21 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||21–10||Handesson Ferreira||TKO (verbal submission)||PFL 10||October 20, 2018||2||1:15||Washington, D.C., United States||2018 PFL Welterweight Quarterfinal bout.|
|Win||21–9||Carlton Minus||Submission (rear-naked choke)||PFL 6||August 16, 2018||2||2:55||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||20–9||Yuri Villefort||Decision (unanimous)||PFL 3||July 5, 2018||3||5:00||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Loss||19–9||Donald Cerrone||TKO (head kick and punches)||UFC 202||August 20, 2016||2||2:02||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||19–8||Tarec Saffiedine||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Almeida vs. Garbrandt||May 29, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–8||Gunnar Nelson||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story||October 4, 2014||5||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||17–8||Leonardo Mafra||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller||July 16, 2014||2||2:12||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|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 (split)||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: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck 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||Submission of the Night. Fight 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||Defended the Elite Warriors Welterweight Championship.|
|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||Won the Elite Warriors Welterweight Championship.|
|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|
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