Rick Story is on the hunt for a UFC opponent and feels Dong Hyun Kim fits best in his crosshairs.
The Brave Legion fighter has spent time away from the Octagon since losing his last fight to Charlie Brenneman at UFC on Versus 4: Kongo vs. Barry in June. But now, after taking care of some out-of-cage business, Story is looking to continue his tale and get back to climbing up the UFC welterweight ladder.
After initially calling out Nate Diaz over the internet, Story realized that the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu fighter was already prepping for a clash with Takanori Gomi at UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage. Next best thing is a clash with someone he feels is still in the Top 10 category in “Stun Gun” Kim.
The thing about fighting Kim is Story feels he’d be able to show off the boxing he’s been perfecting in the gym.
“(Dong Hyun Kim) just recently came off a loss, like myself. And he’s still a Top 10 (fighter) and he’s game, too,” Story told MMAWeekly.com on Monday. “I wouldn’t have to be worried too much about takedowns and I’ve been working on my boxing skills tremendously and (I’ll) be able to showcase a knockout.”
And when does he want that fight? By UFC 139, according to Story.
“I want to fight by, at least, November,” he said.
One of the things that stands out most about Rick Story is his habit of moving forward and bringing the fight to his opponents. Never does he stand off and wait for something to happen. No, Story brings the war to the cage and he’s made himself quite the name with doing so.
Against Kim, it seems Story would like to take some aggression out and win a UFC bonus for a night of work.
“Most of my opponents that (I’ve had) punch a couple times and they don’t want to fight anymore,” he said. “They just want to wrestle or run away. The other opponent that I had that was game was Brian Foster and we ended up getting fight of the night.”
While Kim may seem like a good test for the young welterweight moving forward, other fighters, such as Jon Fitch, remain without a scheduled fight and await a call from UFC brass. So why not call out Fitch again like Story did after winning his fight at UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill?
Well, coming off a loss to Brenneman probably isn’t the best thing when trying to call for a fight with Fitch, the No. 2 ranked welterweight fighter in the world. But if Story gets back on the winning track, a battle between he and Fitch might just be in the cards for the near future.
In his last outing, Story took a fight on short notice against Nate Marquardt. The welterweight told MMAWeekly.com that he’s all for taking on fights, no matter how soon the scheduled date of the bout. Having Marquardt pulled and Brenneman inserted 24 hours prior to the fight, however, was quite the frustrating experience.
“The Horror” feels things would have been much better if they didn’t transpire like they did heading into the fight card.
“If the opponent change (didn’t) happen, it would have been just fine,” he said.
“Going from the main (event) and then bumped down to co-main and having an opponent changed all at the last minute, never having that kind of thing happen before. It was all new, it was unexpected.”
Going forward, Story guarantees MMA fans will see a much better fighter when he reenters the Octagon. It seems the focus, drive and determination to show off his boxing and get back on the winning track will outweigh any stress he may get from unexpected changes.
Ball is in your court, Mr. Kim.