Mike Pyle vs. Rick Story
Round 1: Story closes the distance and secures a trip takedown. He works in Pyle’s full guard. Pyle works a high guard. Story postures up and lands short shots. Pyle isolates an arm and works for an arm bar, but Story defends the submission attempt. Story lands a couple of punches. Pyle uses the cage to stand. Story lands to the body as Pyle stands. Story lands a left hand and then goes to the body. Story presses forward. Pyle delivers an outside leg kick. Story moves in with a right hand to the body followed by a left hook that drops Pyle. Story pounces o him. Pyle covers. Story lands an elbow. Pyle controls Story’s head as Story delivers short shots to the body. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Story.
Round 2: Story lands to the body. He presses forward. Pyle moves on the outside. Pyle clinches and delivers a knee to the face of Story. Story changes levels and puts Pyle on his back. Pyle works for a kimura. Pyle cranks on it. Story protects the arm from being extended with his knee. Pyle gives up on the submission attempt. Pyle lands to the body from the bottom. Story maintains top position but isn’t doing damage. Pyle is active off his back. He continues to land short shots from the bottom. Story lands to the body. Not a lot going on. Story maintains top position. Pyle controls his posture. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Story.
Round 3: Story lands a right to the body followed by a left over the top. Pyle steps in with a right hand. Pyle lands a knee to the body. They exchange jabs. Pyle delivers a front kick to the body. Story circles away. Pyle clinches and lands a knee to the body. Story pushes him away. Pyle steps in with an elbow that backs Story away. The clinch and Story presses Pyle against the cage. Pyle lands an elbow over the top and they separate. Story has slowed considerably. Story looks for a takedown. Pyle lands elbows but Story gets the takedown. Pyle stands and Story delivers knees to the thighs of Pyle. Pyle gets to his feet and lands two solid knees inside the clinch. Story is cut. Pyle lands a hard right hand followed by another. They slug it out along the cage before Story changes levels and secures a takedown. Pyle isolates an arm and goes for an arm bar. He gains top position. Story rolls and Pyle takes his back. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Pyle.
The judges score the fight for Pyle by split decision. The scorecards read 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28.