With his excellent performance against Thiago Alves at UFC 130, Rick “Horror” Story’s stock as an MMA fighter is definitely moving upwards. With his win over Alves at UFC 130, Story extended his current winning streak to six wins, with victories over reputable MMA fighters like Jonny Hendricks and Dustin Hazelett.
Story’s victory over Alves was particularly interesting, given how he manhandled Thiago in the first two rounds. Story’s next fight will be at “UFC Live 4” against top contender Nate Marquardt. Anthony Johnson was originally scheduled to face Marquardt, but pulled out due to an injury. Now, Story will get the opportunity to prove himself against a top contender. Marquardt will be dropping down to the welterweight division for the first time, and Story will have his work cut out for him.
Most MMA fans agree that Story deserves to fight a top contender in his next match. Alves has been at the top of the UFC’s welterweight division for quite some time, and Story had no problems against him. At UFC 130, Story showed no fear, standing in the middle of the Octagon with Thiago, and absorbing solid blows that would have sent most MMA fighters to the ground. Story’s wrestling abilities were also impressive at UFC 130. Story was able to back Alves up against the Octagon, and drag his explosive opponent to the ground.
Story did fade a bit in the third round against Alves at UFC 130, allowing the Brazilian fighter to win the final round of their encounter. If the fight was actually a five round competition, Alves might have walked away with the win.
If Story manages to win the fight against Marquardt, he would truly deserve a title shot against current welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. Story’s fighting style matches up with GSP’s, but the young MMA fighter hasn’t developed the Octagon savvy that the champion possesses. Story will probably suffer that same fate all besides Matt Serra have faced against the welterweight champion, and lose via decision to GSP.