UFC Welterweight Rick Story welcomed newcomer Rick Story to the Octagon with a sustained, and remarkably violent, lesson in the meaning of "UFC level." He didn't finish Jardine but he dominated him for the majority of the fight and coasted to a decision win at UFC on FX Maynard vs. Guida.
UFC On FX Maynard Vs. Guida Results: Rick Story def. Brock Jardine via unanimous decision (30-27 x3).
Jardine came out swinging but Story ducked under his hooks. Story landed a kick to the body and a combination of punches. Story got Jardine down around 3:17 and quickly took Jardine's back. Story landed a couple of knees to Jardine's flank but in the process let Jardine get up. Jardine came forward and even reached for a knee tap he got nowhere near getting. Jardine landed a hard right hand. Story pressed forward toward swinging to end the round.
In the second Story ducked a looping right and took Jardine down. Story almost took Jardine's back, having sunk one hook in but Jardine scrambled free. Again Jardine swung wildly and Story took him down and took his back. Jardine fought from the turtle position for a while, almost 90 seconds, before escaping. Both were cautious standing for over a minute before Story got a high crotch take down to end the round on top.
Story took Jardine down in the first thirty seconds and landed some hard shots while he had head control of Jardine. But when Jardine scrambled free both men seemed tired and flat. Eventually Story got another take down and this time hurt Jardine when the newcomer tried to stand up. Story followed Jardine down and battered him with knees and punches. Jardine landed a kick to the nuts that got a brief pause. Story landed a body shot and a kick to a ducking Jardine. Jardine shot in and got stuffed. Story once again had a front head ock and fired away from that position. Story seemed to briefly drop Jardine with a glancing blow but Jardine sprung back up. Jardine ended up down with Story on his back looking for a belly down armbar. Jardine got his head free and went for a leg lock with seconds left.
From Fraser Coffeen's primer on the fight:
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