UFC 158: Rick Story's KO Win Makes Him One to Watch in 170-Pound Division

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UFC 158: Rick Story's KO Win Makes Him One to Watch in 170-Pound Division
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Rick Story (15-6) had lost three of his last four fights coming into his matchup on the Facebook preliminaries of UFC 158, and that included a submission loss to Demian Maia at UFC 153.

But Story may have started a new and more successful chapter with an impressive KO win over Quinn Mulhern (18-3) on Saturday.

Story is always aggressive, but in this fight, he stalked and punished his opponent with extreme confidence. The stoppage came at the 3:05 mark in the first round, but it nearly happened within the first minute.

Story stunned Mulhern in the opening minute, but Mulhern escaped the decisive blows momentarily.

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To start the sequence that ended the night, Story landed a hard left hook to Mulhern's eye. Initially, his reaction looked like he had been poked, but the replay clearly showed it was a flush punch in the eye socket.

That was the beginning of the end, and Story pounded him out with body shots to precipitate the stoppage.

Even though Story's recent history hasn't been good, there is no doubting his talent. He's an exciting fighter in the stand up, and fans must remember that before he hit some hard times recently, he earned wins over Jake Ellenberger, Thiago Alves and Johny Hendricks.

Though it was earlier in those fighters' careers, that is still an impressive list of fighters to own victories over. This is why Story was so highly thought of before he hit his stumbles.

He can't expect to ascend to a title shot just yet; he still has to prove himself a bit more. This fight was just a Facebook preliminary fight, and genuinely you see fighters slowly climb through the different levels of a card before they become a featured attraction.

This win over Mulhern at least puts him back on track to become a factor in the 170-pound weight class.

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