88.8
TKO (Arm Injury)
6:15
      Ferreira shot for a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round, and pinned Story in the center of the cage. The referee reset them halfway through the round. They spent the rest of the round trading punches & kicks at a moderate pace. Round one goes to Ferreira based mostly on the takedown earlier in the round. The striking while standing was fairly even.
     The second round started slowly, they pumped a few jabs, danced around a bit, and then Ferreira scored another takedown 45 seconds into the round. He beat up Story with some big punches, Story sort of tucked his head, and then just randomly waved off the fight. Apparently Story's arm is broken from a strike landed earlier in the round or something. I'm not really sure what happened. He said he felt his arm clicking around though, so I guess it's an injury.
88.5
Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
7:55
      These guys traded some strikes for two minutes, and then Story took Minus to the ground, and quickly took his back. Minus tried to sneak out the back door, it looked like Story might transition to an armbar, but he flattened out Minus instead, and then continued to wrestle the shit out of Minus until the end of the round. Story took down Minus a minute into the second round, and quickly mounted him again. Story slapped on a rear-naked choke halfway through the second round, and finished the fight by submission. Ricky Story is the #1 Welterweight in the PFL tournament as far as I'm concerned. This was also the first loss of Minus's career.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      Villefort started this fight with a quick takedown, and he ended up on top in an awkward reverse triangle position, but Story was able to scramble to top position a minute into the opening round, and then they stood up and reset. Story scored a takedown 90 seconds into the round, and Villefort caught him in a guillotine choke on the way down, but Story was able to pop his head free, and then they reset again. Story looks really slow. They exchanged some decent strikes for most of the round, and then Story ended the round with a guillotine attempt, but Villefort was saved by the bell. Round one goes to Story.
     Story almost finished Villefort with a barrage of punches against the fence in the second round, as he drilled him with countless bombs, but Villefort showed a decent chin, and was able to weather the storm. Story slowed down in the last half of the round, and Villefort was able to score a few points, but nothing that compared to the destruction delivered by Story earlier in the round. I have Story ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Story scored an early takedown in the final round, and then he worked some ground & pound to the body of Villefort. He tried to setup an arm lock, but Villefort was able to scramble back to his feet. They traded some more strikes, and then Story dumped Villefort to the ground with 90 seconds left in the fight. Story then blasted Villefort with some shoulders to the jaw. The fight ended with Story blasting Villefort with some big punches while smothering him against the fence. This was a clear cut unanimous decision victory for Rick Story.
92.0
TKO (Head Kick & Punches)
7:02
      These guys clashed early, and Cerrone did a good job dodging Story's attacks like a bullfighter. He took Story down 30 seconds into the opening round. Cerrone decided to stand back up a few seconds later, and Story pressed him against the fence while shooting for a takedown of his own. Story tripped him, and then Cerrone immediately started working for a triangle choke, but Story plowed through it and moved to side control. Cerrone gave up his back, turtling up, and Story blasted him with a hard knee to the body. Cerrone stood back up, and escaped. They traded some body kicks, and the pace slowed down while they caught their breath. Cerrone threw some hard leg kicks, and Story tried to counter with an inside leg kick of his own. Cerrone unloaded with a nice combination of punches that backed up Story. He did it again with 20 seconds left in the round. Nice competitive round, but I scored the first round pretty clearly for Donald Cerrone.
     Story whiffed with some big punches to start the second round, and then shot in for a takedown, but Cowboy blasted him with some hard punches on the way in. Cerrone's boxing combinations look good tonight, and Greg Jackson is yelling to show his appreciation. Story looks a bit stiff, as he's mostly just hobbling around, walking toward Cerrone, while Cerrone picks him apart with punch combinations and leg kicks. Cerrone unloaded with some punches, a big head kick, and some more punches on the way down, finishing Story around the halfway mark of the second round. Donald Cerrone looks super legit at 170, and even though he's been asking for a 155 title shot, I REALLY want to see Cerrone stay at 170. He's DESTROYING tough fighters at 170. Great win for Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      Story spent the first 2 minutes of the opening round, chasing Saffiedine, while throwing bombs. Saffiedine landed a head kick, and a few decent punches, but Story was a lot more active, literally running at Saffiedine while swinging. Halfway through the round, he grabbed Saffiedine, threw him to the ground, Saffiedine stood back up, and they clinched. Saffiedine almost called off for this fight, due to a cut on his left knee from training, but he accepted the fight anyway. I mention this, because his knee started bleeding halfway through the first round. Story ended the round by throwing a million body shots in the final 10 seconds. I'm scoring that first round for Story. Saffiedine threw a late head kick after the round ended. We then got a closeup of that cut on his knee, and it looks disgusting.
     Rick Story spent quite a bit of time in the second round, looking for takedowns, but he wasn't very successful. They traded some kicks, Saffiedine shot for a takedown, and Story punched him in the head hard, before stuffing the takedown. They clinched for a while, Saffiedine threw a few decent knees, Story threw a lot of punches to the body. The referee broke them apart with a minute left in the round. This fight is awkward, and the crowd seems dead tonight. I can't blame them. I want to go to sleep. They really should have made this a Saturday card. I have Story ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but it could be all tied up.
     The third round was more of the same, with Saffiedine clinching, and looking to work knees, while Story went crazy with punches to the body again. They continued the grind, with a lot of clinching, a lot of random punches, some kicks, some knees, it was a grueling fight, which in my opinion, should end in a 30-27 decision for Story. All 3 judges agreed for the most part, giving Rick Story the unanimous decision victory after a 20 month layoff due to a neck injury.
90.6
Decision (Split)
25:00
      Hey third judge, are you fucking insane!?! How the fuck did one of the judges give this fight to Gunnar Nelson, 48-47!?! Dude's fucking nuts. But yeah, Nelson clearly won the first round, busted up Story's face, and looked sharp with his striking. Rick Story won the other 4 rounds, pretty much beating the living fuck out of Nelson for 20 minutes. So yeah, really good fight overall, but why the fuck did the one judge give this fight to Nelson? It should have been unanimous, in favor of Story. Ridiculous hometown bullshit.
89.0
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
7:12
      Why is Mafra still in the UFC? This is his second fight so far, and he never looks good. I don't want to see him fight again. With that being said, Rick Story really needed a win, he joined a new camp, came out, fought the same way he normally does, and after pretty much dominating Mafra with his wrestling skills for the entire fight, he eventually locked on the arm-triangle choke, and finished the fight via submission. Good win for Story, and like I said, Mafra shouldn't be in the UFC.
89.8
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This was actually a pretty good fight. Everyone thought Story would win this fight, but Kelvin really brought the fight to him, beating his ass in the first round, and doing a really good job in the third round as well. Story clearly won the second round (the judge that gave Kelvin all 3 rounds was insane). But yeah, very close fight, Kelvin almost got knocked out, Story got rocked several times, just an all out brawl for 15 minutes basically. I gave the fight to Kelvin, 29-28, and for the most part, a couple of judges agreed.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      Rick Story looked like a beast in this fight. He was throwing bombs for pretty much the entire 15 minute fight, and by the end of the fight, Brian Ebersole looked like he was about to collapse, and Story was still going pretty strong. So yeah, good decision victory for Rick Story.
91.6
Decision (Split)
15:00
      YES! I've been on the Mike Pyle bandwagon for a while now, and going into this fight, he was 3-0 in his last 3 fights, so I was REALLY looking forward to this fight, and I had my fingers crossed for him to beat Rick Story, and HOLY SHIT WAS THIS FIGHT CLOSE OR WHAT!?! Rick Story beat the fuck out of Pyle in the first round. Pyle earned back some points in the second round. The third round probably could have gone either way, but Mike Pyle's grappling skills were on display, as well as some solid striking skills, and since Rick Story was bloody & tired by the end of the fight, and Pyle looked like he was still ready to go, I gave the fight to Pyle, and two of the judges agreed. BAM! 4 wins in a row for Mike Pyle! Hopefully he'll finally get some respect at 170, and be allowed to fight some serious contenders. Who else would like to see Mike Pyle vs. Matt Brown next? Or maybe throw Rory MacDonald in with one of those guys?
88.7
TKO (Punches)
3:05
      This fight was pretty good. No idea who Mulhern is, I'm assuming just a can, to help Story climb back up the ladder or whatever, but yeah, Story basically just beat his ass for a round or so, before eventually dropping him with some big punches. Rick Story doesn't have a ton of personality, but his fists DO have a ton of power. Good performance overall by Rick Story.
92.7
Submission (Neck Crank)
2:30
      Demian Maia is fucking crazy! Rick Story came out swinging, and Maia took him to the ground by grabbing one leg, lifting it up in the air, grabbing the other one, lifting Story's entire body up in the air, slamming him down, he instantly got the full mount, eventually got on Story's back, went for the rear-naked choke, Story tucked his chin to defend it, so Maia decided he was just going to crank his neck until Story's head was nearly ripped off. BRUTAL neck crank, and Maia wins via submission in the first round.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      Brock Jardine makes his UFC debut here, and he doesn't really seem to have much of anything to show for it. Rick Story won all 3 rounds on my scorecard, and that's really all I have to say about it. Rick Story is a solid fighter, but he should have been able to walk right through Jardine, so I'm not sure why he was moving at such a slow pace here. Oh well, Story wins via unanimous decision.
90.9
Decision
15:00
      Rick Story is fucking crazy, he started the fight like an old school Wanderlei Silva, charging in and throwing huge bombs from all sorts of angles, attacking the body, attacking the head, etc... I ended up giving the first round to Story due to the brutallity of his determination. The second and third rounds had more of the same from Story, but Kampmann was able to turn it into more of a technical striking fight, and he also showed that he had better wrestling skills than Story, leaving the fight in the judges hands, and I agreed with the split decision in favor of Martin Kampmann.
90.1
Decision
15:00
      Holy shit! Brenneman just ruined Story's life! Rick Story was skyrocketing to the top of the 170 pound division, but after Marquardt failed a drug test and was taken off this card, Brenneman moved up from the undercard to take on Story on short notice, and he basically beat Story's ass in the first 2 rounds, Story was winning the third round, but Brenneman ended that round on top as well. Charlie Brenneman just fought the fight of his life! Great fight overall.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      This was a good fight for the most part. Both guys came forward a lot, Rick Story landing the better strikes, and controlling the majority of the grappling game. Thiago Alves is hard to put away, but Rick Story gave it a shot, especially during the last 10 seconds or so, where both guys starting swinging wildly, trying to finish the fight. In the end, I gave the fight to Rick Story (all 3 rounds), the judges gave it to him as well, 29-28 (I can see MAYBE giving the final round to Alves?) But yeah, good fight by both guys. Kind of weird that the crowd was booing after the decision was announced, I'm not sure what that was all about.
90.1
Decision
15:00
      Damn... I'm a big fan of Johny Hendricks, so I'm disappointed in the fact that Rick Story pretty much kicked his ass for all 3 rounds. I mean, Hendricks looked like he was still in there, trying to win, but he wasted too much time going for takedowns that he was never able to secure. In the meantime, Story was throwing crazy punch combinations & winning most of the grappling exchanges, so in the end, Rick Story becomes the ONE black mark on the record of Hendricks.
92.2
TKO (Punches)
6:15
      HOLY FUCK... Dustin Hazelett is one of my favorite fighters, and Rick Story just came in out of nowhere, and beat the living fuck out of Dustin Hazelett, racking in two 10-8 rounds against one of the best fighters in the division. Rick Story threw BRUTAL punches to the body & the head of Hazelett, completely crushing his will to live, and eventually, after two rounds of brutal ground & pound, the referee had seen enough, and stopped the fight, and Hazelett just laid there like the entire world had collapsed on him. Rick Story is a FUCKING BEAST!
89.5
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This was another pretty good fight, with Rick Story taking on a guy that actually seems to be able to hold his own. Rick Story is clearly an extremely powerful wrestler, and when he launches his punch combinations, it gets pretty brutal, but Osipczak was able to land a few hard knees, win a few scrambles in the second round, and ultimately, it was a really close fight, and the judges agreed, giving the fight to Rick Story via split-decision.
89.1
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty good brawl, with it really being left in a position where it could have gone either way. I scored the first round a draw, gave the second round to Story for dominating Lennox, and I gave the third round to Lennox for beating up Story. It was a 3 round war, like I said, it could have gone either way, and the judges gave it to Rick Story via Majority Decision? I think? I'm sort of unclear on how the fight was scored, because they didn't say who each scorecard was for. 30-27, 30-27, 29-28... Sounds to me like Rick Story won via unanimous decision, but Bruce Buffer mentioned a majority decision, so whatever. Good fight either way.
90.4
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
6:09
      This was a pretty badass undercard fight. The first round started with both guys throwing crazy bombs, looking like a couple of Lightweights with the speed & intensity there at the start. Most of the round though, consisted of Story on top of Foster in his half guard. The second round looked like it would be more of the same, with Story taking Foster to the ground, but this time he quickly locked on an arm-triangle choke, which forced Foster to submit. The cool part was, Foster had Story in his guard during the submission, which means that Story's upper body strength is nuts.
91.0
Decision
15:00
     This was a pretty solid fight between two guys I couldn't care less about. Both guys offered excellent wrestling skills, especially in the first round, with a lot of back & forth grappling. Both guys showed decent striking & submission skills, etc... In the end, I wasn't really sure who to give the fight to, but I had Hathaway ahead on the scorecards just a LITTLE bit by the end of the third round, and all 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to John Hathaway via unanimous decision.