Rick Story

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Rick Story
Born (1984-08-28) August 28, 1984 (age 34)
Tacoma, Washington, United States
Other namesThe Horror
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
Fighting out ofVancouver, Washington, United States
TeamMMA Lab
WrestlingNAIA Wrestling[1]
Years active2007-2018
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission5
By decision12
By knockout2
By submission1
By decision7
UniversitySouthern Oregon University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Rick Thomas Story[2] (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.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

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 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 split decision on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

Story was expected to face Rich Attonito on June 22, 2012 at UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida.[16] However, Attonito was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Papy Abedi.[17] Abedi himself was also forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Brock Jardine.[18] Story won the fight via unanimous decision.

Story faced Demian Maia on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153.[19] 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.[20] However, Pierson was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Quinn Mulhern.[21] 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.[22] He lost the fight via controversial split decision despite controlling most of the action and dropping Pyle with punches in the first round.

Story faced Brian Ebersole on November 16, 2013 at UFC 167.[23] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

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

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.[24] Story defeated Mafra via submission in the second round.[25]

Story faced Gunnar Nelson on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 53.[26] Despite suffering a fracture in his left tibia in the second round,[27] he won the fight via split decision.[28]

Story was expected to face Erick Silva on June 27, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 70.[29] 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.[30] The bout with Story was rescheduled and was expected to take place on August 23, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 74.[31] Subsequently, Story pulled out of the bout on August 11 citing injury and was replaced by Neil Magny.[32]

Story returned from an 18-month layoff to face Tarec Saffiedine on May 29, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 88.[33] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[34]

In the ultimate fight in UFC, Story faced Donald Cerrone on August 20, 2016 at UFC 202.[35] He lost the fight by TKO in the second round.[36]

Post-UFC career[edit]

On March 12, 2018, Story announced that he has signed a contract with Professional Fighters League albeit UFC had offered a contract extension.[37]

On November 8, 2018, Story announced his retirement from professional competition.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Aside from being a professional fighter, Story is also a member of the National Guard.[1]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
31 matches 21 wins 10 losses
By knockout 4 2
By submission 5 1
By decision 12 7
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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.[39]
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Rick "The Horror" Story - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 25, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Morgan, John (September 7, 2009). "Welterweight Rick Story agrees to meet Brian Foster at UFC 103 in Dallas". MMAJunkie. Archived from the original on September 9, 2009. 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. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11.
  9. ^ "Rick Story vs Johny Hendricks tapped for The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale main card". MMAJunkie.com. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. 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. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011.
  12. ^ "Marquardt scratched from UFC on Versus 4; Barry-Kongo now main, Story gets Brenneman". MMAJunkie.com. 2011-06-25. Archived from the original on 2011-06-28.
  13. ^ "Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story on tap for UFC 139 in San Jose". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  14. ^ Brian Hemminger. "UFC 139 results recap: Martin Kampmann vs Rick Story fight review and analysis". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  15. ^ Staff. "UFC 139: Marin Kampmann defeats Rick Story". mmadecisions.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  16. ^ "Rick Story vs Rich Attonito added to UFC on FX 4 fight card in Atlantic City". mmamania.com. March 21, 2012.
  17. ^ "Rick Story Gets New UFC on FX 4 Opponent". mmaweekly.com. May 8, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  18. ^ "Rick Story Gets Third UFC on FX 4 Opponent". mmaweekly.com. May 30, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  19. ^ "Rick Story says he's fighting Demian Maia at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro". mmajunkie.com. 31 July 2012. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013.
  20. ^ "Sean Pierson vs. Rick Story added to UFC 158 in Montreal". MMAjunkie.com. January 8, 2013.
  21. ^ Sousa, Jonas (2013-02-05). "Pierson out; Quinn Mulhern faces Rick Story at UFC 158". imperiomma.com. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  22. ^ Staff (April 10, 2013). "Rick Story replaces Gunnar Nelson, meets Mike Pyle at UFC 160". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on April 13, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  23. ^ Staff (September 8, 2013). "Brian Ebersole meets Rick Story at UFC 167 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  24. ^ MMAJunkie.com Staff (June 18, 2014). "Leonardo Mafra replaces John Howard at UFC Fight Night 45". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  25. ^ Marc Raimondi (2014-07-16). "Rick Story dominates returning Leonardo Mafra, wins by submission". msn.foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  26. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-08-07). "Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story set for UFC Fight Night 53 main event in Stockholm". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  27. ^ Ariel Helwani (8 Oct 2014). "Rick Story suffered broken ankle en route to defeating Gunnar Nelson". mmafighting.com.
  28. ^ Damon Martin (2014-10-04). "Rick Story upsets undefeated prospect Gunnar Nelson in Sweden". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
  29. ^ Sean Bio (2015-04-22). "Rick Story vs. Erick Silva headlines The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 Finale in Sao Paulo". cagepages.com. Retrieved 2015-04-22.
  30. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2015-06-19). "Visa issues forces changes at UFC Fight Night 70, UFC 190". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  31. ^ Ariel Helwani (2015-06-24). "Rick Story vs. Erick Silva to serve as UFC Saskatoon co-main event; other fights added to card". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  32. ^ Staff (2015-08-11). "Neil Magny in for injured Rick Story, faces Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night 74". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-08-11.
  33. ^ Mike Bohn and Matt Erickson (2016-03-19). "UFC Fight Night 88 gets 8 new fights". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  34. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-05-29). "UFC Fight Night 88 results: Long layoff no problem for Rick Story in smooth win over Tarec Saffiedine". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
  35. ^ Thomas Myers (2016-06-27). "UFC 202 fight card gets Donald Cerrone vs Rick Story". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  36. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-08-20). "UFC 202 results: Donald Cerrone blasts Rick Story with vicious combination for second-round TKO". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  37. ^ Marc Raimondi (2018-03-12). "UFC veteran Rick Story signs with Professional Fighters League, enters into $1 million tournament". mmafighting.com.
  38. ^ Damon Martin (2018-03-11). "UFC VETERAN RICK STORY ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM MMA". mmaweekly.com.
  39. ^ http://mmalinker.com/wiki/rick_story/

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