UFC fighter Rick “The Horror” Story announced his MMA retirement at the age of 34.
He announced his retirement on Twitter.
I am writing this to announce my retirement from professional mixed martial arts. It’s been a career with significant highs and lows. Through the good and bad times, my goals were what drome me and the fans were always my inspiration, for this I thank all of you. To my friends, family, and others who have supported me along this journey, I think you for always being there, and for showing me that there is more to life after fighting. It’s time for me to turn my own page. I look forward to what the future holds, and I cannot wait. I want to give a special thanks to: John Crouch and Ben Henderson for giving me the opportunity to train at the MMA Lab at my most vulnerable point in my career. Paradigm Sports Management and Audie Attar for doing a fantastic job for me the time we have worked together. And to Madeline Torres for all of you love, relentless support and continuous sacrifices you have made for my career.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, Story posted on social media thanking fans for their support throughout is 11-year career in MMA. Story is a gritty wrestler who has only finished twice while he was with the UFC. He made his debut with the promotion in 2009 at UFC 99. He lost by decision against John Hathaway.
After that loss, the fighter went on a winning streak of six straight fights at 170 pounds. His wins include decisions over Thiago Alves and former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. After that run, Story won three fights from 2014 to 2016.
His last fight with the promotion was a loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC 202. Story tried to find other competition and signed with PFL in March, even though the UFC offered him an extension on his contract. He took three bouts in as many months and gained two more wins before losing due to injury to Handesson Ferreira in the October quarterfinals at PFL 10.
Story is known as one of the toughest and most durable welterweights in MMA, according to MMA Fighting.
Story is retiring with an MMA record of 21-10.
By Jeanette Smith
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