Nearly two years ago on the dot, UFC welterweight Rick Story solidified his status as a top contender at 170 pounds by earning a hard-fought but well-deserved decision over Thiago Alves. The win marked his sixth straight including an outpointing of Johny Hendricks. However, Story’s confidence would ultimately prove to be his downfall, suffering a loss to Charlie Brenneman after accepting the scrap on a day’s notice, posting a 2-2 record since with failures in both of his attempts at beating ranked opponents.
Story will try and turn things around this coming weekend when he takes on Mike Pyle at UFC 160 and looks to start a new winning streak by adding to his recent TKO of Quinn Mullhern. The 28-year old spoke to MMAJunkie about what the meeting means to him, saying he sees Pyle as an important part of his quest to regain status as a top dog in the division.
“I turned my game face on when I found out I got to fight Pyle. I’ve had my game face through the whole training camp,” said Story. “I like the fact that Mike Pyle has been around for a long time and he’s fought everyone. He’s got a great record, he’s tough and a win over Mike will definitely catapult me in the direction I want to go to get back into contendership.”
Pyle is 24-8 and has won his last three tilts. All but three of his wins have featured some form of finish including sixteen by way of submission. His scrap with Story will serve as the featured fight on the FX-portion of the prelims.