13 Mar UFC veteran Rick Story signs with Professional Fighters League, enters into $1 million tournament
Rick Story is back. Just not in the UFC.
The welterweight veteran has signed a deal with the Professional Fighters League and will enter the revamped promotion’s $1 million tournament-like system, he announced to Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.
The PFL “season” is scheduled to begin in June and will be a true-sport format with a regular season, playoffs and championship fights in different weight divisions that are slated to culminate at the end of the year. PFL was formerly known as World Series of Fighting.
“I’m just gonna say it’s worth my while,” Story said. “And stacking on top the format they have and being able to win that amount of money just by winning, it kind of suits my interest, because it’s performance-based. You win, you get paid more. You lose, you’re out. It’s just cut and dried.”
Story (19-9) has not fought since a second-round TKO loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC 202 in August 2016. His contract with the UFC ran out after that bout. But “The Horror” had a lot of success in the UFC, including three straight wins prior to that defeat. Story, 33, owns wins over the likes of Johny Hendricks, Gunnar Nelson, Thiago Alves and Tarec Saffiedine. In seven years with the UFC, he was a perennial contender at 170 pounds.
“Since things ended up not going my way [against Cerrone], I was just kind of sidelined and wanted to wait for a better opportunity to become available and it finally came,” Story said. “It’s something i needed to move on and here we are.”
Before the Cerrone fight, Story said the UFC offered him a contract extension, but he passed because he didn’t like the financial numbers.
“I didn’t really think it was that fair, just for the fact that guys that I beat were getting paid pretty much double what I was making,” Story said. “It just kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.”