Rick Story has ambition, drive and heart. He is as gritty as the first American settlers who, after being spurred west by troubles in the east, made the kinds of decisions and innovations that shape the heart of the United States today. He is a tough, hard-nosed type of guy that has worked very hard to be in the position he is in today.
Little did Rick "Horror" Story know of the bizarre situation he and the UFC would be thrust into, the same day as the UFC on Versus 4 weigh in.
The MMA community was stunned to find out on early Saturday afternoon that former UFC middleweight title challenger Nate Marquardt was withdrawing from his bout with Story on the day before the fight was scheduled. I remember reading the article in utter shock. Dana White has said that Marquardt is done with the UFC.
Rick Story will now meet Charlie Brenneman who stepped up to take the challenge. Brenneman himself enters the contest with now his third opponent, and the switch happening a day before the fight is to take place. In a way it excites me, because both men are just fighting their fight and a game plan is an unlikely scenario.
It is hard to believe that a no-nonsense, genuine guy like Marquardt would do this to the UFC. It will be interesting to see if anyone in his camp comes forward with more information, because at this point they have given us nothing to go on except that Nate is sorry.
Well you know what, so are the fans. We wanted to see that fight and fans of mixed martial arts love the sport because there is no BS. It is two men engaging in combat with one emerging the winner. What Nate Marquardt did was almost unforgivable. I just hope that he will come clean on what happened.
Rick has been saddled with a true horror story, or it would seem that way. But Rick Story is not the kind of man to complain about a change of opponent or fighting on short notice. Story has been a pro for only 4 and a half years and has fought 16 times. He has even said he thrives on being very active. This will be his eighth bout in the UFC in just two years. Rick seems to be taking the late change in stride.
Like the pioneers of American discovery, innovation, invention and ambition, Rick Story is a gambler too. He knows that with high risks comes high rewards. Americans have always taken chances and risk everything to achieve great things.
Rick Story is that kind of American. The fact that he is still fighting and never complaining about it shows that he not only is a fighter, he is willing to work to get to the top.