Less than a year ago UFC welterweight Rick Story was thought of as being a win or two away from a crack at the divisional championship, while today he’s simply in need of a few victories to prove he’s still the same the fighter who took out Thiago Alves and Johny Hendricks in previous bouts. Story has lost his last two fights, falling by way of decision to Charlie Brenneman and Martin Kampmann, after racking up six straight instances of in-ring success.

The 13-5 Story will have a chance to get back on track this summer in Atlantic City when he faces area-product Rich Attonito at UFC on FX 4. The June 22 fight has been confirmed by the UFC, as were bouts featuring Nick Catone-Chris Camozzi and Matthew Riddle-Luis Ramos.

Attonito was last seen on the wrong end of a highlight-reel knockout at UFC 140 this past December. He holds an overall record of 10-5 with six stoppages and wins inside the Octagon against Jamie Yager, Rafael Natal, and Daniel Roberts.

UFC on FX 4 is scheduled to feature a five-round main event between 155ers Clay Guida and Gray Maynard. Other bouts include Brian Ebersole-T.J. Waldburger and Dan Miller-Ricardo Funch.


MMATraining Take: Like Miller vs. Funch, Story vs. Attonito is unquestionably a bout made with one fighter’s future in mind rather than the other’s. Story is a beast while Attonito remains a mid-tier competitor at best. He’s got lots of heart but lacks the technique, as well as remaining time in his career (34 years old), to take it to the next level.