UFC veteran Rick ‘The Horror’ Story has announced his retirement from MMA today via his Instagram page, and at age 34, it is younger than most but he still had a pretty good career nevertheless.
While Story has been out of UFC action since a 2006 TKO loss to ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, he has since been competing in the PFL (Professional Fighter’s League) where he went 2-1 before making this retirement announcement earlier today following a recent October 20, 2018 TKO loss to Brazilian Handesson Ferreira.
As stated in his aforementioned Instagram post, Story makes it a point to give thanks to all of his coaches and trainers at the MMA Lab in Arizona, specifically to John Crouch and Benson Henderson, as well as a shoutout to all of his fans, friends and supporters who helped support him along the way.
Though he never competed for a major world title (though he came very close at one point), Story should always hang his head high in regards to his MMA career as, at one point in time, he was truly an elite-level welterweight who picked up some impressive wins over some really tough guys and really only the very top guys at the time were ever able to best him in combat.
For instance, Rick Story has some great wins on his record over great fighters like Johnny Hendricks, Jake Ellenberger, Thiago Alves, Gunnar Nelson, and Tarec Saffiedine. Not many can say that.
And when compared to many aging fighters who don’t know when to ‘hang ’em up’ and end up fighting and losing way past their prime, you’ve got to have some respect for Rick Story and his decision here as he had a great run in MMA yet still knew when his time was up and saved himself some damage.
Enjoy your retirement, Mr. Story.
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