As a professional fighter one would think you would hold yourself to a higher standard of conduct. However, if what Mike Pierce says about his former teammate Rick Story, than this is obviously not the case for everyone.
In a recent interview with The Joe Show Radio, Pierce lays out the reasons behind him leaving his former training home with coach, Pat White and training partner, Rick Story.
Check it out:
“This kid drove all the way from Iowa. He was a wrestler, a wrestler looking to be an MMA guy, he hardly didn’t have any experience, out to Vancouver, WA to learn how to fight. And you know, Pat was getting frustrated with him because he was doing what beginners do when they get beat on by a guy that’s really experienced, you know. He was covering up, backing away, putting his his head down. Typical beginner-like stuff. And he (Pat) was getting frustrated, so he told myself and Ricky just to go in there and knock this guy out. That’s not what you do to teammates, man. There’s a time and a place for that, but in the training room? That’s probably a little far.
I refused to do it, and I went in there and sparred like you’re supposed to spar. And Ricky went in there and just starts wailing on the guy. And keep in mind that this kid had already had some sort of a head trauma anyway, where he was having vertigo issues. He would sleep and lay in his bed at night and look at the ceiling and it would spin. Okay, obviously there was some sort of a head trauma with the guy. And then, Ricky goes in there and starts wailling on this guy.
Now you know, we’re just boxing. It’s just boxing sparring. So the guy takes a knee after taking a few nasty shots. Takes a knee with one hand on his head and the other one waving off saying ‘Hold on, hold on, my head’, and then you know, Pat’s all over saying ‘F**k it, keeping hitting him’. So Ricky grabs him by the back of the head and starts uppercutting him in the face, like that’s okay?…and I was just shaking my head, like, you gotta be f**king kidding me man.”
While it may be common practice in several gyms across the globe to “haze” newcomers in an attempt to weed out the weak from the strong, does it seem like maybe Story and his coach may have crossed the line?