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Rick Story Just Wants Somebody to Bang With


(It was at that moment that Rick noticed Charlie’s ‘Carpe Diem’ tramp-stamp, and terror washed over him like a warm, rancid wave.)

Wrestling — it’s all fun and games until you wind up on the wrong end of it. That’s the reality for Rick Story, whose six-fight UFC win streak was snapped by the takedown-happy Charlie Brenneman last month at UFC on Versus 4.  Now, Story — a former collegiate wrestler himself — is channeling his inner Dan Hardy, asking for a follow-up opponent who will just stand in front of him and throw hands. And as he told MMAWeekly, he even has a guy in mind:

(Dong Hyun Kim) just recently came off a loss, like myself. And he’s still a Top 10 (fighter) and he’s game, too. I wouldn’t have to be worried too much about takedowns and I’ve been working on my boxing skills tremendously and (I’ll) be able to showcase a knockout…Most of my opponents that (I’ve had) punch a couple times and they don’t want to fight anymore. They just want to wrestle or run away. The other opponent that I had that was game was Brian Foster and we ended up getting fight of the night.”

Look, you know I hate to pass judgment (LOL!), but to me, this “I just want an opponent who will stand and bang with me” thing is the death-knell for a fighter’s career. It signals that you don’t have the wrestling-defense necessary to compete at the top of the division — that you’re basically afraid of top-notch wrestlers and don’t believe you can improve enough to beat them — and that you’d rather score wins over mid-level bangers than test yourself against top contenders. Again, Rick Story is a legitimately talented wrestler, but after taking his first loss in two years, he wants to re-invent himself as a brawler. Not a great career move.

Plus, Dong Hyun Kim? Really? That’s the last guy I’d be calling out if I wanted to showcase my stand-up. Stun Gun’s TKO loss to Carlos Condit must be fresh in Rick’s mind; we’d suggest that Story re-watch Kim’s two previous UFC fights, in which DHK scored unanimous decision victories over Amir Sadollah and Nate Diaz, using a whole damn lot of wrestling. It’ll be poetic justice if the UFC actually makes this fight happen, and the same thing happens to Story. Be careful what you wish for, bro. Or rather, do some more research before wishing. Something like that.

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agentsmith- August 10, 2011 at 6:22 am
"Rick Story Just Wants Somebody to Bang With"
Don't we all?
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Todd M- August 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm
drano FTW
KarmaAteMyCat- August 9, 2011 at 10:31 am
Someone get this fucking kid a boxing contract fucking whiney bullshit... WELCOME TO MIXED MARTIAL ARTS.
danomite- August 9, 2011 at 9:58 am
let me translate what he said for everybody:
"I just came off of a loss where I got outwrestled by some guy no one had ever heard of. Before that I was riding a nice win streak that was capped off by a victory over thiago alves in which I alternated between running away from him and taking him down and laying on him. I'm afraid if I lose two in a row my chances of getting a title shot in the near future are slim and none. I need someone who sucks worse than I do at striking, but is also someone who can't take me down. I know, I'll call out that Donger fella that just got KO'd by Carlos Condit. He was undefeated before that so it won't seem like I'm trying to get an easy win. Now all I have to do is tell people that I want to stand and bang to win them over, knock this Donger guy out, and I'll be right back where I was before. Mwuahahahaha"
intercept440- August 9, 2011 at 9:27 am
he shoudl change his name to rick " the uninteristing " story..
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J-Dog- August 9, 2011 at 9:26 am
Agreed with Onan. Don't get me wrong, I like a good stand-up scrap. Garcia v. Zombie was awesome to watch..... but this is MIXED martial arts. All these guys keep whining about takedowns and stuff. Well there are other combat sports out there that don't involve ground fighting. Maybe it's best for these complainers to move on to one of those sports.
RwilsonR- August 9, 2011 at 8:59 am
He should fight Anthony Johnson, and may the biggest hypocrite win!
DangadaDang- August 9, 2011 at 8:02 am
Is Gabe Gonzaga still around? No need to worry about the takedown there.
skeletor- August 9, 2011 at 7:51 am
@Sloppyspray- Agreed. It should at least count for the guy stuffing the take down maybe not negative for the guy getting stuffed but I agree. Also the announcers go crazy and scream take down when allot of the times it's not even close to a take down. When somebody attempts to take a guy down and he pops right back up with no control by the aggressor it's not a fucking take down Joe Rogan!
Me likey- August 9, 2011 at 7:48 am
the story title is also what i told my highschool girlfriend.
dong hyun kim? to stand and bang with? does story actually watch any fights other than his own?
Sloppyspray- August 9, 2011 at 7:36 am
I agree, F this guy. He had his chance to throw hands with Thiago Alves (which he didn't even mention in the interview) and didn't want any part of that, instead he tried for 14 take downs. He's one of the reasons they should change scoring to reflect stuffed take downs as a + for the defender and a - for the guy who got stuffed, not as a + for the guy who got stuffed b/c of "octagon control"
Onan- August 9, 2011 at 7:18 am
Don't want to be worried about takedowns? Try boxing bro. I hear all they do is throw hands. None of those funny kicks and wrestling moves.
SumDumGuy- August 9, 2011 at 7:04 am
why not Rory? y'a scurred?!!
bgoldstein- August 9, 2011 at 7:03 am
Viva Hate, wins. Flawless victory.
dranokills- August 9, 2011 at 7:02 am
I guess the Story finally ended.
That's good it was a shitty novel anyways.
skeletor- August 9, 2011 at 7:02 am
First of all no one is sitting on the edge of there seat waiting for this asshole to fight again. He is also the sole reason Brennaman is being thrust at us like some kind of fucking contender. He is a nobody and this shouldn't even be news. He's a less talented version of John Fitch and he got out fitched by an even less talented version of himself. Fuck off Rick Story.
Your Dumb- August 9, 2011 at 6:59 am
He should fight Thiago Alves, that dude will bang with him... oh wait, that's right...
Master_Betty- August 9, 2011 at 6:58 am
What a liar. He's a wrestler, constantly eeking out decisions and someone beat him at his game. I have no doubt that if he's given a non-wrestler to fight, that he'll just take-down and spoon him.
Viva Hate- August 9, 2011 at 6:49 am
That is all Dennis Hallman wanted too.
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