Story occupied the same locker room as Matt Brown
during last month’s
UFC on FX 4 event. If everything works out, the Tacoma, Wash.,
native would like to spend some time in the Octagon with “The
Immortal” in the near future.
Both welterweights emerged victorious on June 22: Story ended a
two-fight losing streak with a decision triumph over
UFC rookie Brock
Jardine, while Brown stopped Brazilian Luis Ramos
with knees and punches at 4:20 of the second round. It was Brown’s
third victory of 2012, and Story has taken notice of “The Ultimate
Fighter 7” veteran’s recent hot streak.
“I was talking with my coach, and we were discussing opponents,”
Story told Sherdog.com. “I want to especially call out Matt Brown.
He was looking really good, really crisp. He’s been doing pretty
good for himself. I just think that’d be a good matchup.”
It wasn’t that long ago that a six-fight winning streak in the UFC
had Story on the brink of title contention in the promotion’s
competitive 170-pound division. Consecutive losses to Charlie
Brenneman and Martin
Kampmann cooled that talk, but after getting a much-needed
victory over Jardine, “The Horror” is no longer concerned about his
status within the company.
“I don’t feel like I’m on the chopping block now. Each fight that I
do I want it to be exciting, and I want the finish,” he said. “When
I lost those two fights, I thought for sure that I was gonna be
done. But luckily they gave me another chance, and I came out on
With victories over the likes of Johny
Hendricks and Thiago Alves
during his Octagon tenure -- as well as a triumph over Jake
Ellenberger outside the UFC -- Story remains confident that he
can work his way back to the top of the weight class.
“The division is stacked, but as far as top people in the division
I’ve beat people that are up there...I can beat people at the top,”
Story said. “There’s a whole bunch of new people coming into the
mix. On any given day the fight could go either way. There’s a
bunch of hungry competitors out there that want the belt. I could
see the tides changing just based on the day.”
While Story has remained in shape by helping teammates at Brave
Legion get ready for fights of their own, he doesn’t have a
specific date in mind for his requested clash with Brown. He does
want to make it clear that he has no beef with the 31-year-old
Ohioan -- Story just likes the way Brown fights.
“I had a couple bumps in my road. He’s making a name for himself
again. I just think that would be a good matchup and want to
respectfully call him out. I’m not calling him out disrespectfully
like other people might tend to do. I just want to put it out there
and see what happens,” he said.