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Rick Story Still Breathing Unassisted, Speaking in Complete Sentences

…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.


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Jeeves- May 31, 2011 at 6:07 am
where did they find this chick.... yuck!
humperdinkal- May 30, 2011 at 11:02 am
sorry for dup. Actually I'd say Jim Miller Nick Diaz in one.
humperdinkal- May 30, 2011 at 11:01 am
Anyone see a resemblence between him and Nick Diaz?
My man is a thicker headed shorter version of him.
May not sound as retarded as Diaz yet, but a few more puncheds, he'll get his pitch down juuust righhht.
Jonny5- May 30, 2011 at 9:58 am
Just beat what was one of the world's top 3 WW's last night. Having him give another unranked guy a shot like Alves did for him I think would be fair and Hathaway rematch would seem the most appropriate. Otherwise I could see GSP vs. Story even right now since Fitch is injured.
RwilsonR- May 30, 2011 at 8:59 am
I think Story will get a lot more attention after this fight. I thought he looked good in nearly all areas. Alves is a very tough opponent when he doesn't come into the fight completely gaunt, dehydrated, and unable to do anything. Alves just could not figure Story out until he caught him in the third and wobbled him a bit. I'd like to see Story continue to fight the best in the division and see if he has what it takes for a title shot. Fitch, Shields, Kos, Sanchez... they'd all be good options.
Get Off Me- May 30, 2011 at 8:48 am
I would like to see Story vs. Rumble next.
Kos is not a bad idea, but i'd rather see Shields fight Kos.
Fitch can get the winner of Story v. Rumble or Shields if he beats Kos(because Kos won't fight Fitch).
As I said a long while ago, hopefully Shields v. Fitch is on the undercard.
EVS- May 30, 2011 at 7:52 am
He still needs fight fighters of higher caliber especially when Alves just knocked him stupid and made comments about Philly and Red Wings fans. He needs a rematch with John Hathaway first.
MMAINMYBLOOD- May 30, 2011 at 6:27 am
Honestly the reason why he doesnt have the hype behind him right now... is simple.. his nickname needs to be changed to "Never Ending"....then people will start to fear him...on a more serious note.. the only things that stood out in this fight to me was his chin and his heart.. his stand up is still in progress... and his ground game needs lots of work... but I would like to see him fight Kos next hope he knocks his ass out I hate Koscheck!!!
irish brawler- May 30, 2011 at 3:28 am
congrats dpclass
rogerw- May 30, 2011 at 2:13 am
How the fuck does Story not have a bigger hype train behind him yet? He's getting damn close to a title shot and obviously he's not scared of anything. I'm rooting for him.
dpclass001- May 30, 2011 at 2:06 am