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UFC Fight Night 88 fight card: Rick Story vs Tarec Saffiedine full fight preview

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Rick Story and Tarec Saffiedine will square off this Sunday (May 29, 2016) at UFC 198 inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In a match up of Top 15-ranked Welterweight contenders, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Find out below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight combatants Rick Story and Tarec Saffiedine will duel this Sunday (May 29, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 88 inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It’s been well over a year since Story last competed, but he’s still coming off one of the biggest wins of his career. In his return bout, Story was hoping to remind the mixed martial arts (MMA) world that he’s still a legitimate player in the 170-pound division. Saffiedine has struggled with injuries as well, including nearly having to pull out this very week (read full details here)! Luckily, he’s been cleared and will look to battle for his second win in 2016.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both men:

Rick Story
Record: 18-8
Key Wins: Johny Hendricks (The Ultimate Fighter Finale 12), Gunnar Nelson (UFC Fight Night 53), Thiago Alves (UFC 130)
Key Losses: Demian Maia (UFC 153), Kelvin Gastelum (UFC 171)
Keys to Victory: Story is a very smart fighter with a strong wrestling background and effective pressure boxing attack. Working out of the Southpaw stance, Story does a very nice job breaking his opponents with his body shots and clinch work.

That’s a pretty solid strategy opposite the distance kickboxer.

In this bout — as in most for “The Horror” — closing range will be important for the MMA Lab-trained fighter. He does his best work in inside exchanges, whereas his foe will look to jab and low kick him from far away.

Luckily, this is where Story’s wrestling can ….View full article

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