UFC and PFL Standout Rick Story Announces His Retirement

    UFC veteran Rick Story has signed with the PFL
    Rick Story Credit: Dave Mandel

    Rick Story, veteran of the UFC and later PFL, has decided to call it a career, announcing his retirement in a statement released Thursday.

    On Thursday, The Horror story came to an end. Rick ‘The Horror’ Story, veteran of the UFC and most recently the Professional Fighters League, announced his retirement on social media in a moving statement. In doing so, Story (21–10) brings to an end a thirty-plus fight career during which he became a mainstay for years in the UFC, and later fought his way into the playoffs of the PFL’s inaugural season.

    Story, a former Elite Warriors welterweight champion, joined the UFC in 2009 at UFC 99. Despite losing his debut, he’d go on a six fight winning streak, notching victories over the likes of Thiago Alves and Johny Hendricks. Story would hit a few setbacks following that streak, but was turning it around from 2014-2016 before losing to Donald Cerrone at UFC 202. It would turn out to be his final UFC fight.

    A free agent, Story would sign with the PFL, and entered 2018 as a favorite to win the welterweight tournament, with a million dollars on the line. He won his first two battles, but wound up verbally submitting to Handesson Ferreira in the welterweight quarterfinals at PFL 10.

    In his farewell letter, Story opened up, saying that “It’s been a career with significant highs and lows, through the good times and the bad times, my goals were what drove me and the fans were always my inspriation, for this I thank all of you.”

    “To my friends, family and others who have supported me along this journey, I thank you for always being there. And for showing me there is more to life after fighting.”

    “It’s time for me to turn my own page. I look forward to what the future holds, and I cannot wait.”

    You can see Story’s full farewell below.