Rick Story is a grinder. He’s a finisher, he’s a prospect, and he knows becoming a legitimate threat in the welterweight division.
“The Horror” Story was most recently in action on December 4 for “The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale” when he defeated fellow budding star Johnny Hendricks, extending his win streak to now five-in-a-row and becoming a prominent fixture in the 170-pound weight class.
Rather then wait for the UFC to take notice and plan their next move for Rick, the welterweight star has went on his own initiative and called out one of the best that the division has to offer. Who? Well, it’s Thiago Alves.
“I want to fight Thiago [Alves],” said Story bluntly on a recent edition of the “Savage Dog Show” on the Sherdog Radio Network.
Alves recently survived the possible UFC axe when he defeated former contender John Howard at UFC 124 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His questioned takedown defense was on full display as the Brazilian thwarted all attempts that the Boston native initiated in order to take the fight to the mat. Even more so, Alves’ striking his on point, damaging Howard early with leg kicks that carried him to an eventual unanimous decision victory.
A former title challenger and consensus top-5 fighter, Story would have a lot on his plate should the two match up, but that’s exactly what he wants.
“I know that somebody like Thiago Alves, beating him, it would make people realize, ‘This guy is for real,’” said Rick. “I just want everybody to know that I am for real and I’m not going to stop until I get that number one spot.”
“For one, he’s a standup striker. And two, he’s great at takedown defense, but he’s not that great at staying away from wrestlers when he’s down on the ground,” continued the 26-year-old. “When he’s in good shape, he’s a little bit better at getting away. Against [Jon] Fitch, Fitch took him down at will and controlled him on the ground. I just think that it would be great. It would be a great fight and it’d be fun to stand and trade with him.”
So, MMA peeps, what do you think of the proposed match up? Do you give Story a shot against “The Pitbull”? Sound off in the comment section below.