Rick Story again surpassed expectations and surprised many by defeating longtime top welterweight Thiago Alves via unanimous decision last Saturday night at UFC 130.
Story was tested by the one-time title challenger, but passed with flying colors. He walked through or quickly recovered from the hard shots that Alves delivered with his vaunted muay Thai offense, quickly recovered from Alves’ takedowns and completed his own with more frequency than the American Top Team-trained Brazilian.
After losing in his UFC debut to John Hathaway, Story has put together six straight wins in the UFC welterweight division, with this latest victory over Alves signalling his intent at 170-pounds. Though some may question whether or not the 26-year-old is ready for a shot at Georges St. Pierre’s belt, Story and his camp are looking to get there and they’re ready to further prove the Washington native’s worth by taking on another longtime top UFC contender: Jon Fitch.
“Me and my coach Pat White were discussing this and we think that my next opponent should be Jon Fitch, just because he’s the next guy in line,” Story told gathered media at the UFC 130 post-fight press conference.
Fitch is currently recuperating from shoulder surgery and has publicly stated that he’s only interested in rematching BJ Penn or Georges St-Pierre for his next outing, possibly leaving Story in the lurch. One thing is for sure though, it’s only up from here for Story, and there isn’t too much higher he can climb from Thiago Alves before he runs into Fitch and St-Pierre.