Rick Story Uncertain About Future in Fighting, Believes UFC Sees Him as “Expendable”
By FCF Staff
Following Rick Story’s stoppage loss to Donald Cerrone last April, which was the last bout on his contract with the UFC, the rugged welterweight is uncertain about his future in fighting.
Prior to facing Cerrone, Story had won three straight fights and the 32 year-old was coming off a decision win over former Strikeforce champ, Tarec Saffiedine. Story recently spoke with FOX Sports, and while doing so, he said he fought out his deal, with the hopes of ending it with a pivotal win over Cerrone.
The Washington State fighter also had this to say, while discussing negotiations with the UFC:
“I just feel that they think that I’m expendable,” Story said. “It’s one of these topics that’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what you’re feeling. It’s one of those things, I’m sitting here and I don’t see it getting better now that I’m getting older. So I need to redirect and set up something I can fall back on.”
Story has begun training to become a firefighter, which is a career he’s been interested in pursuing for sometime. During the interview, Story said he does get the itch to fight again, but he’s not certain yet whether he will:
“I haven’t really made a decision on it yet,” Story said. “I’m not counting it out. Every time I see fights on television, I get more and more motivated. As everything is settling, the motivation comes back.
“I’m not counting it out but I’m just going to plug away and keep doing what I’m doing and when an opportunity arises, we’ll see what happens.”
Story joined the UFC back in 2009, and since then, he’s gone 13-7.