UFC veteran Rick “The Horror” Story has announced his retirement from MMA at the age of 34.
Story posted a picture to social media on Thursday thanking fans for their consistent support throughout his eleven-year MMA career. A gritty wrestler who was only finished twice during his stint in the UFC, Story made his debut for the promotion in 2009 at UFC 99 when he lost a decision to John Hathaway.
After that loss, Story went on an excellent run winning six straight fights at 170-pounds, including decision victories over Thiago Alves and former UFC welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks. The 34-year-old struggled to put together a string of consistent wins after that run until he won three straight fights from 2014-2016.
Losing to Donald Cerrone at UFC 202 in his final fight for the promotion, Story sought competition elsewhere and ended up signing with PFL in March, despite the UFC offering him a contract extension. Fighting three times in three months, he picked up two wins before losing via injury to Handesson Ferreira in October, and ultimately retiring from MMA with a record of 21-10.