Rick Story Announces Retirement

After 31 professional fights and over a decade in the sport, Rick Story is calling it a career. Story made the announcement via Twitter on Thursday, writing: “I am writing this to announce my retirement from professional mixed martial arts. It’s been a…

After 31 professional fights and over a decade in the sport, Rick Story is calling it a career. Story made the announcement via Twitter on Thursday, writing: “I am writing this to announce my retirement from professional mixed martial arts. It’s been a career with significant highs and lows. Through the good and the bad […]

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Rick Story Almost Quit MMA Before Joining PFL

Rick Story (20-9) was considering walking away from MMA after his loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC 202. The 33-year-old fighter obviously still has a lot of fight left in him after picking up a win at PFL 3 after taking off nearly two years from the sport…

Rick Story (20-9) was considering walking away from MMA after his loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC 202. The 33-year-old fighter obviously still has a lot of fight left in him after picking up a win at PFL 3 after taking off nearly two years from the sport. Story wanted to address his absence after […]

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Rant: With Top Fighters Leaving The UFC, How Long Until The Promotion Is No Longer High Level?

So lately we’ve been seeing a whole bunch of changes as far as the UFC is considered. Fighters are retiring and leaving the organization at a rate that seems pretty unusual considering the companies reputation as housing the greatest fighters in the world. The old saying is that if you’re not in the UFC you’re not fighting the best in the world. But with the company’s recent sale for billions of dollars, the fighters under the UFC banner are beginning to undergo a shift in thought process. The endeavor is called prize fighting for a reason and fighters are figuring that if they aren’t going to be paid what they’re worth then they’re going to explore their options.

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So lately we’ve been seeing a whole bunch of changes as far as the UFC is considered. Fighters are retiring and leaving the organization at a rate that seems pretty unusual considering the companies reputation as housing the greatest fighters in the world. The old saying is that if you’re not in the UFC you’re not fighting the best in the world. But with the company’s recent sale for billions of dollars, the fighters under the UFC banner are beginning to undergo a shift in thought process. The endeavor is called prize fighting for a reason and fighters are figuring that if they aren’t going to be paid what they’re worth then they’re going to explore their options.

Rick Story is apparently prepping to become a firefighter, something that most fans are finding to be at once alarming and fitting. He fought out his contract and ended up suffering a KO loss at the hands of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. The loss likely harmed his chances at negotiating a better deal for himself. So instead of rush back to the cage, Story is thinking about the second phase of his life outside of fighting. Not everyone can be Conor McGregor after all.

So what exactly does this mean for the promotion that touts having the best fighters in the world?

It means that in order to keep their high level talent happy and coming back for more, they have to design contracts that are going to help them keep food on the table and build an adequate enough nest egg so they can ride off into sunset with confidence that their future is secure. In reality that’s a lot to ask. But these days, now that the fighters know what the brand is worth, they’re not willing to get brain damage for pennies.

This issue is also why I believe Kyoji Horiguchi decided to leave the organization for Rizin.

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While you can argue the fact that Horiguchi may have wanted to compete in a promotion that was closer to home, the evidence is pretty clear that before Zuffa was sold all the Japanese standout cared about was becoming the best in the world. Of course there can be other issues at play, but that doesn’t change the fact that one of the promotion’s top flyweights has found himself signing up with another organization. It’s all speculation for now, but you have to wonder if Rizin gave Kyoji Horiguchi an offer he couldn’t refuse. If they were willing to bring him the money he requested then why not take the offer.

So what exactly is my point?

Phillipe Nover retires, Valerie Letourneau is cut, and now Kyoji Horiguchi is with Rizin. If you can’t see that there’s a pattern here then you’re clearly blind. The UFC is facing a bit of a conundrum. They were able to resign Georges St-Pierre which is definitely a big win for them. That means potential pay-per-view events that will bring in higher buy-in rates. But while the company may be able to show Georges St-Pierre the money, fighters like Rick Story and Kyoji Horiguchi are going to feel inclined to look at their options outside of the promotion. While it’s up to the fighters to build their own brand in order to generate more money for themselves, you have to think that if a competitor feels like he isn’t being given what their worth that they’ll seek employment elsewhere. For the promotion that claims to have the best fighters on the planet under their roof, the more we see departures of solid high level talent like Story and Horiguchi, the less that claim seems true. The UFC has trouble brewing on the horizon and if they don’t stop the bleeding now then things are only going to get worse.

What do you think about the current landscape of the UFC?


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Three UFC Fighters Removed From Official Rankings

UFC on FOX 23 went down this past weekend (Jan. 28, 2017), and the UFC official rankings have been updated after the event. The most notable changes, however, involve fighters that didn’t compete in Denver. Welterweights Rick Story and Lorenz Larkin as well as rising light heavyweight prospect Misha Cirkunov were unexpectedly removed from the

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UFC on FOX 23 went down this past weekend (Jan. 28, 2017), and the UFC official rankings have been updated after the event.

The most notable changes, however, involve fighters that didn’t compete in Denver.

Welterweights Rick Story and Lorenz Larkin as well as rising light heavyweight prospect Misha Cirkunov were unexpectedly removed from the official UFC rankings despite the fact that none of them competed this past weekend.

Story is coming off of a loss, while Larkin is riding a two fight win streak, and Cirkunov is riding an eight win streak, but all three of them aren’t currently signed with the UFC, which is likely why they have been removed the rankings.

It’s currently unclear whether or not these three fighters will re-sign with the promotion.

Check out the official rankings below:

POUND-FOR-POUND
1 Demetrious Johnson
2 Conor McGregor
3 Daniel Cormier
4 Jose Aldo
5 Cody Garbrandt
6 Stipe Miocic +1
7 Joanna Jedrzejczyk -1
8 Dominick Cruz
9 Tyron Woodley
10 Michael Bisping
11 Amanda Nunes
12 TJ Dillashaw
13 Max Holloway
14 Khabib Nurmagomedov
15 Yoel Romero *NR

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 Henry Cejudo
3 Kyoji Horiguchi
4 Jussier Formiga
5 Wilson Reis
6 Ian McCall
7 Sergio Pettis +2
8 Dustin Ortiz
9 Ray Borg +1
10 Brandon Moreno +1
11 Tim Elliott +4
12 John Moraga +1
13 Louis Smolka +1
14 Ben Nguyen *NR
15 Alexandre Pantoja *NR

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Cody Garbrandt
1 Dominick Cruz
2 TJ Dillashaw
3 Raphael Assuncao +1
4 John Lineker -1
5 Jimmie Rivera +1
6 Bryan Caraway -1
7 Aljamain Sterling
8 Michael McDonald
9 John Dodson
10 Thomas Almeida
11 Eddie Wineland
12 Johnny Eduardo
13 Pedro Munhoz
14 Rani Yahya
15 Erik Perez

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Jose Aldo
1 Max Holloway (Interim Champion)
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Ricardo Lamas
4 Cub Swanson
5 Jeremy Stephens
6 Anthony Pettis
7 Charles Oliveira
8 Yair Rodriguez
9 Dennis Bermudez
10 Brian Ortega
11 Dooho Choi
12 Darren Elkins
13 Mirsad Bektic
14 Renan Barao
15 Andre Fili

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Conor McGregor
1 Khabib Nurmagomedov
2 Tony Ferguson
3 Eddie Alvarez
4 Rafael Dos Anjos
5 Edson Barboza
6 Nate Diaz
7 Michael Johnson
8 Michael Chiesa
9 Beneil Dariush
10 Dustin Poirier
11 Gilbert Melendez +1
12 Donald Cerrone -1
13 Francisco Trinaldo
14 Evan Dunham
15 Al Iaquinta

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Tyron Woodley
1 Stephen Thompson
2 Robbie Lawler
3 Demian Maia
4 Carlos Condit
5 Jorge Masvidal +7
6 Dong Hyun Kim +1
7 Neil Magny +1
8 Donald Cerrone -3
9 Gunnar Nelson +1
10 Johny Hendricks +1
11 Tarec Saffiedine +2
12 Jake Ellenberger +3
13 Matt Brown +1
14 Kamaru Usman *NR
15 Albert Tumenov *NR

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Michael Bisping
1 Yoel Romero
2 Luke Rockhold
3 Jacare Souza
4 Chris Weidman
5 Gegard Mousasi
6 Robert Whittaker
7 Anderson Silva
8 Derek Brunson
9 Vitor Belfort
10 Kelvin Gastelum
11 Krzysztof Jotko
12 Thales Leites +3
13 Tim Boetsch +1
14 Uriah Hall -1
15 Sam Alvey *NR

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Anthony Johnson
2 Alexander Gustafsson
3 Glover Teixeira
4 Ryan Bader
5 Jimi Manuwa
6 Ovince Saint Preux
7 Mauricio Rua
8 Corey Anderson +1
9 Nikita Krylov +1
10 Ilir Latifi +1
11 Rogerio Nogueira +1
12 Gian Villante +1
13 Patrick Cummins +1
14 Jan Blachowicz +1
15 Jared Cannonier *NR

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Stipe Miocic
1 Fabricio Werdum
2 Cain Velasquez
3 Alistair Overeem
4 Junior Dos Santos
5 Ben Rothwell
6 Francis Ngannou +4
7 Mark Hunt -1
8 Derrick Lewis
9 Travis Browne
10 Andrei Arlovski -3
11 Stefan Struve
12 Alexander Volkov
13 Daniel Omielanczuk
14 Aleksei Oleinik
15 Tim Johnson -1

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
1 Claudia Gadelha
2 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
3 Carla Esparza
4 Rose Namajunas
5 Jessica Andrade
6 Tecia Torres
7 Michelle Waterson
8 Joanne Calderwood
9 Maryna Moroz
10 Paige VanZant
11 Jessica Aguilar
12 Alexa Grasso
13 Jessica Penne
14 Juliana Lima
15 Valerie Letourneau

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Amanda Nunes
1 Valentina Shevchenko
2 Holly Holm +1
3 Ronda Rousey +1
4 Julianna Pena -2
5 Raquel Pennington
6 Cat Zingano
7 Sara McMann
8 Liz Carmouche
9 Bethe Correia
10 Germaine de Randamie
11 Alexis Davis
12 Ashlee Evans-Smith
13 Marion Reneau
14 Jessica Eye
15 Leslie Smith

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Trio Of UFC Fighters Dropped From Official Rankings, No Longer Under Contract

It appears a trio of notable UFC fighters have been dropped from the UFC’s official rankings, and the names might surprise you. As first reported by MMAJunkie’s Mike Bohn, UFC notables Lorenz Larkin, Rick Story, and Misha Cirkunov are now nowhere to be found on the UFC’s rankings page. At least Story and Cirkunov come […]

It appears a trio of notable UFC fighters have been dropped from the UFC’s official rankings, and the names might surprise you. As first reported by MMAJunkie’s Mike Bohn, UFC notables Lorenz Larkin, Rick Story, and Misha Cirkunov are now nowhere to be found on the UFC’s rankings page. At least Story and Cirkunov come […]

Cowboy Lands Role On New Netflix Series

Coming off of his impressive R2 TKO win over Rick Story at UFC 202 earlier this month, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has landed himself a role on a brand new limited Netflix series called “Godless” which was created by Scott Frank and Steven Soderbergh. Cerrone announced the news on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast yesterday (August 30, 2016)

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Coming off of his impressive R2 TKO win over Rick Story at UFC 202 earlier this month, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has landed himself a role on a brand new limited Netflix series called “Godless” which was created by Scott Frank and Steven Soderbergh.

Cerrone announced the news on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast yesterday (August 30, 2016) revealing he would be part of a train robbery gang:

 “It’s a Netflix series. I got six episodes. Going to do cowboy (expletive),” Cerrone said. “It’s called “Godless”.

“I’m part of a gang, a train robbery gang. I’m excited. We start on the 12th.”

One of the show’s creators, Scott Frank, is an Academy Award nominated writer as a result of his work on the film “Get Shorty”.

Co-creator Steven Soderbergh is a former Academy Award winner himself for Best Director back in 2000, and will also serve as the show’s executive producer as well.

The show will star actors Jeff Daniels, Jack O’Connell, Merritt Weaver and Scoot McNairy.

You can check out a quick synopsis of the show from The Hollywood Reporter here:

The project, from Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank, is set in 1884 and centers on Frank Griffin (Daniels), a menacing outlaw who is terrorizing the West as he hunts down Roy Goode (Unbroken’s Jack O’Connell), his son-like partner turned mortal enemy. While Roy hides at Alice Fletcher’s ranch, Frank’s chase leads him to the quiet town of La Belle, N.M. — which is mysteriously made up of entirely women.

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