Rick "The Horror" Story is coming off the biggest win of his career, a three round unanimous decision over Thiago Alves at UFC 130, which took place just a couple of weeks ago.  But there's no time for Story to bask in his victory, because he's got another fight coming up this month.  At UFC Live on June 26, Story will be taking on Nate "The Great" Marquardt in the main event.  Story is a late replacement for the injured Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, and a win against Marquardt could put him in line for a title shot.

On yesterday's UFC conference call, Story talked about fighting again just a month after his previous match.  He also talks about fighting a physically big opponent like Nate, and about Jon Fitch's ho-hum reaction to being called out.

On fight again so quickly:


We requested for a fight quick.  Maybe not so quick, but with the opportunity of Anthony Johnson dropping out—I mean, I like fighting frequently so we jumped all over the opportunity to be able to fill in for Anthony Johnson.


The challenge is sticking with an intense training regimen for a long time.  Because the training camp for Alves was awhile and trying to stay away from injury and everything, that’s another challenge when you’re training so hard. But at the same time it’s awesome training like that, and jumping right back into a training camp when you’re in shape, it’s really easy to throw one or two things into a game plan to get ready for another fight.


On fighting a big opponent:


I’ve gone against strong opponents, like really strong big guys.  I don’t know really exactly what to expect [from Nate].  I know Nate’s a strong middleweight fighter and if I go out expecting the worst I’ll be fine.


On Fitch not wanting to fight him:


It is what it is.  I can see his standpoint, but I’ll fight whoever whenever.  And if I got called out I’d be more motivated to take that fight.


On the implications of beating Marquardt:


I think it’ll put me up there and it’ll definitely open people’s eyes.  And maybe put me in line for a shot [at the title].




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