“…and I saw his knee looked like it was getting bigger and bigger … and then it hit me.” (VidProps: Karyn Bryant)
Karyn Bryant caught up with Ricky Story after UFC 130, and he wasn’t getting his jaw wired up. After determining that he wasn’t suffering from a concussion, Bryant asks him about the fight, and reminds him that he absorbed some damaging shots in the process. Story allows that, yes, he was hit with some fearsome blows, and he even wound up taking a bite out of his mouthguard (!!!). Sounds like maybe you don’t want to order from that mouthguard manufacturer any more?
Story seems a little sheepish, saying his performance “was definitely good enough for the win,” except he doesn’t seem so definite. Awww, cheer up, big guy. MMA crowds boo, it’s their thing. It’s like Red Wings fans throwing octopi on the rink, or Philidelphia Eagles fans being turbo douches and needing a jail in the stadium.
The decision win over Alves is Story’s sixth straight since his loss to John Hathaway two years ago, and those haven’t been creampuffs. Story now finds himself in the company of elite welterweights like Shields, Koscheck, Hardy, Fitch… pretty much everyone who’s challenged Georges St Pierre and come away empty-handed.
Unfortunately, there’s lots of other dudes being talked about for top 10 in the 170: Carlos Condit, Jake Ellenberger, Mike Pyle, Anthony Johnson, Nate Marquardt…who does a guy need to physically dominate to get ahead around here? With this much talent clustered at the top and still no one seeming like a decent match for GSP, how does a fighter make himself stand out?
Don’t worry, I’m sure BG will do some armchair matchmaking. Go ahead and discuss amongst yourselves who should be moving up the welterweight rankings. And somebody send this man a decent mouthguard.