UFC Veteran Rick Story Announces Retirement Following 31-Bout Pro Career


Ultimate Fighting Championship
and
Professional Fighters League
veteran Rick Story
has closed the book on a lengthy career at the age of 34.

“The Horror” posted his decision on social media Thursday, opting
to call it a career following his injury loss at PFL 10 on Oct.
20.

“I am writing this to announce my retirement from professional
mixed martial arts,” Story wrote. “It’s been a career with
significant highs and lows, through the good and bad times, my
goals were what drove me and the fans were always my inspiration,
for this I thank all of you.”

During his time with the UFC, he maintained a solid record of 12-7.
Winner of three of his last four bouts with the promotion, he
topped fighters including Gunnar
Nelson
and Tarec
Saffiedine
in that stretch. One of only eight welterweights to
ever achieve this feat, Story earned rare double bonuses when he
tapped out Brian
Foster
at UFC 103 in 2009, picking up both “Submission of the
Night” and “Fight of the Night” honors for his work. The 19-fight
UFC veteran left the organization despite them offering him an
extension, choosing to sign with PFL to pursue the million dollar
prize in their inaugural welterweight tournament.

Story participated in the PFL’s 2018 Welterweight Tournament, where
the
MMA Lab
standout qualified for the tournament with victories
over Yuri
Villefort
and Carlton
Minus
to earn the No. 4 seed. However, he lost in the
quarterfinals to Handesson
Ferreira
due to an arm injury.

The durable Story was only stopped with strikes once, by Donald
Cerrone
, and was only submitted once, by Demian Maia,
in his near-11 year career.

“To my friends, family and other who have supported me along this
journey, I thank you for always being there, and for showing me
that there is more to life after fighting. It’s time for me to turn
my own page. I look forward to what the future holds, and I cannot
wait,” explained Story.

Story ends a career that began in 2007 with a record of 21-10.
After making his UFC debut in 2009 with a decision loss to John
Hathaway
, Story rattled off six straight wins and went
undefeated at 4-0 in 2010, dispatching the likes of Johny
Hendricks
, Thiago Alves
and Dustin
Hazelett
. Story also holds wins over Jake
Ellenberger
and Ryan Healy
prior to joining the UFC.

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