Rick Story Calls for UFC Fight with Dong Hyun Kim, Explains Frustration With Recent Loss


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit
Rick Story lauching the right hand

Rick Story launching the right hand

Rick Story is on the hunt for a UFC opponent and feels Dong Hyun Kim fits best in his crosshairs.

The Brave Legion fighter has spent time away from the Octagon since losing his last fight to Charlie Brenneman at UFC on Versus 4: Kongo vs. Barry in June. But now, after taking care of some out-of-cage business, Story is looking to continue his tale and get back to climbing up the UFC welterweight ladder.

After initially calling out Nate Diaz over the internet, Story realized that the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu fighter was already prepping for a clash with Takanori Gomi at UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage. Next best thing is a clash with someone he feels is still in the Top 10 category in “Stun Gun” Kim.

The thing about fighting Kim is Story feels he’d be able to show off the boxing he’s been perfecting in the gym.

“(Dong Hyun Kim) just recently came off a loss, like myself. And he’s still a Top 10 (fighter) and he’s game, too,” Story told MMAWeekly.com on Monday. “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.”

And when does he want that fight? By UFC 139, according to Story.

“I want to fight by, at least, November,” he said.

One of the things that stands out most about Rick Story is his habit of moving forward and bringing the fight to his opponents. Never does he stand off and wait for something to happen. No, Story brings the war to the cage and he’s made himself quite the name with doing so.

Against Kim, it seems Story would like to take some aggression out and win a UFC bonus for a night of work.

“Most of my opponents that (I’ve had) punch a couple times and they don’t want to fight anymore,” he said. “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.”

While Kim may seem like a good test for the young welterweight moving forward, other fighters, such as Jon Fitch, remain without a scheduled fight and await a call from UFC brass. So why not call out Fitch again like Story did after winning his fight at UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill?

Well, coming off a loss to Brenneman probably isn’t the best thing when trying to call for a fight with Fitch, the No. 2 ranked welterweight fighter in the world. But if Story gets back on the winning track, a battle between he and Fitch might just be in the cards for the near future.

In his last outing, Story took a fight on short notice against Nate Marquardt. The welterweight told MMAWeekly.com that he’s all for taking on fights, no matter how soon the scheduled date of the bout. Having Marquardt pulled and Brenneman inserted 24 hours prior to the fight, however, was quite the frustrating experience.

“The Horror” feels things would have been much better if they didn’t transpire like they did heading into the fight card.

“If the opponent change (didn’t) happen, it would have been just fine,” he said.

“Going from the main (event) and then bumped down to co-main and having an opponent changed all at the last minute, never having that kind of thing happen before. It was all new, it was unexpected.”

Going forward, Story guarantees MMA fans will see a much better fighter when he reenters the Octagon. It seems the focus, drive and determination to show off his boxing and get back on the winning track will outweigh any stress he may get from unexpected changes.

Ball is in your court, Mr. Kim.

Follow @Erik_Fontanez on Twitter or e-mail Erik Fontanez.
For more UFC and MMA news, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 27 days ago
  • 35 views

Dong Hyun Kim reacts to the sudden change in opponents, and vows to not change his new style of fighting regardless of opposition. Korean star Dong Hyun Kim flew to Hong Kong today, prepared to do media activities to promote his bout against Hector Lombard. As he was heading to the press conference though, DDana White suddenly told him that his opponent changed to Tyron Woodley, and according to Kim, it was a whirlwind of emotions shortly after. "When I heard the news, I was devastated and surpr more

  • 26 days ago
  • 29 views

Tyron Woodley is not short of confidence. He might be coming off a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Rory McDonald, but the 32-year-old still believe he is the best. more

  • 7 days ago
  • 31 views

Both Rick Story and Leonardo Mafra are looking for redemption when they square off at UFC Fight Night 45 on Wednesday night (July 16, 2014) from Atlantic City, New Jersey. What's it's going to take for each fighter to pull off a potentially job-saving victory? Read our fight preview to find out! This Wednesday night (July 16, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweights Rick Story and Leonardo Mafra will go to war on the main card of UFC Fight Night 45, airing live at 9 p.m. ET on FO more

  • 7 days ago
  • 38 views

Rick Story knows the value of wins and losses within the UFC's Octagon. On Wednesday, the fighter known as “The Horror” will step into the cage for fight No. 16. He's an athlete that's put together a string of impressive performances but has recently looked very subpar. Coming into his fight with Leonardo Mafra Teixeira, it's imperative the one-time welterweight contender puts on a display that leaves the fans and UFC matchmakers clamoring to see more of “The Horror” in action. Story will walk i more

  • 5 days ago
  • 30 views

That was a slick submission. Rick Story's long strange trip through the UFC continued on the main card of tonight's (Wed., July 16, 2014) UFC Fight Night 45: "Cerrone vs. Miller" event at the Revel Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, when he took on Leonardo Mafra in welterweight action. He's back on the upswing thanks to a second round submission victory. Story came out firing shots but that proved a troubling strategy when Mafra drilled him with multiple hard shots that stopped Rick in more

  • 5 days ago
  • 33 views

ATLANTIC CITY – Rick Story had to walk through a couple punches on his way into the first takedown of the fight against Leonardo Mafra . Hopefully Mafra savored the moment, because it was just about the last offense he’d mount on the night.Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 4 days ago
  • 22 views

Once thought to be the future of the UFC welterweight division, Rick Story was in need of a win over Leonardo Mafra at last night's (Wed., July 16, 2014) UFC Fight Night 45 event from Atlantic City, New Jersey. "The Horror" proved to be just that for "Macarrao." Check out our breakdown of Story's rebound win below! Last night (Wed., July 16, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweights Leonardo Mafra and Rick Story faced off on the main card of UFC Fight Night 45 from Revel Casino in more

  • 4 days ago
  • 34 views

Watch highlights from the Rick Story vs. Leonardo Mafra fight at UFC Fight Night 45 in Atlantic City, which took place on Wednesday, July 16, at Revel Resorts. more

  • a day ago
  • 28 views

A welterweight bout between Hyun Gyu Lim and Takenori Sato has been targeted for September’s UFC Fight Night 52 event in Japan.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC more