United States veteran Rick Story will have his work cut out on Saturday 4th October, when he faces the enigmatic Gunnar Nelson in Stockholm. It promises to be quite a night of intense UFC action and excitement at the Globe Arena with Nelson firing on all cylinders and still unbeaten.
The talented welterweight recently brushed aside Zak Cummings, and looks in excellent shape ahead of his first headlining performance. A closer look at the record of 26-year-old Nelson could send shivers down anyone's spine with 14 professional fights behind him, and three of this four wins this campaign coming through submissions.
Having recently become a father for the first time, the man from Iceland has thawed just a little, out of the ring. But this coming Saturday he'll be more than ready to do himself justice saying: “It means a lot to me. I have been watching the UFC since I was young and always felt I would be there one day. When I was 14, I started training karate because I always was interested in martial arts and used to watch a lot of martial art films with my father.”
The five round bout promises to be electric but Storey from Tacoma, will certainly come out all guns blazing following wins against Johny Hendricks, Thiago Alves and Jake Ellenberger, and a terrific personal performance against Leonardo Mafra back in July.
'The Horror', as he's known has fantastic punching power, and his scrambling ability is second to none. He says: “I gave up everything to fight, things such as my credit, my career as an Officer in the National Guard and my plans to teach and coach my younger brothers in wrestling. The training days are mixed up, but they’re balanced out when it comes to striking, grappling, sparring, conditioning and rest. Everything is thought out and tailored to the game plan.”
It seems certain this clash won't be for the feint in heart leaving the Swedish crowd relishing what will be a thrilling confrontation.
UFC Fight Night Stockholm: Nelson vs Story — Saturday, October 4th, live from the Stockholm Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden and exclusively broadcast live on UFC FIGHT PASS.