Rick “The Horror” Story enjoyed an upset victory in his last Octagon appearance, defeating highly touted submission artist Gunnar Nelson in a split decision at UFC Fight Night in Sweden last year.
Nelson, who hails from Iceland, enjoyed the support of the Scandinavian crowd and many picked the fight to be his coming-out party for the world’s MMA scene. Instead, the night belonged to the American, who earned the advantage in most of the bout’s standup exchanges with his southpaw boxing style.
If rumors are true — it’s out of the frying pan and into the fire for Story, who will next fight a popular Brazilian, Erick Silva, at the finale of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil in São Paulo, Brazil.
The bout is expected to headline the event on June 27.
Erick Silva (pictured above, right) of Vilha Velha, Espirito Santo, Brazil, has become a fan favorite for his all-action style. He has earned post-fight bonuses in six of his last eight bouts, including last year’s “Fight of the Night” against Matt Brown which some fans rated as the best fight of the year.
But his total UFC record is spotty, with six wins against four losses. He is, in fact, riding the first two fight winning streak of his UFC career: having recorded submission wins over Josh Koscheck and Mike Rhodes in recent months.
Silva’s total MMA record stands at 24-5, with one no contest.
Story has quietly accumulated an 18-8 record in MMA (11-6 in the UFC). His record includes wins over the likes of former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and Thiago Alves.