Rick Story Gives Advice to GSP on Defeating Hendricks: ‘Take The Fight To Him’
“Johny has everyone backing up, and then if someone tries to get him to go backwards, Johny will take them down,” explained Rick Story, the only man to defeat UFC welterweight title contender Johny Hendricks (both shown above). “I took the fight to Johny, that’s the only difference.”
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
It was no surprise that Georges St-Pierre and camp recruited Rick Story to help the UFC welterweight champion prepare for his upcoming title defense against Johny Hendricks. Story (15-7) was the only man to defeat Hendricks.
“Firas Zahabi [GSP’s long-time trainer] really wanted me to come train with Georges, and since I was the only person to beat Johny Hendricks, it makes sense that Firas was pretty persistent,” Story told MMAjunkie.
Story’s most sound advice: make Hendricks move backward defensively.
“Take the fight to him,” Story said. “Johny has everyone backing up, and then if someone tries to get him to go backwards, Johny will take them down. I took the fight to Johny, that’s the only difference, so that’s what I emphasized [with GSP].”
But St-Pierre was not the only one to benefit from the training arrangement. With Story as part of the Tri-Star camp, three fighters on the UFC 167 card were preparing together at full speed: GSP, Story, and fellow Canadian welterweight Rory MacDonald.
“[Preparing together] just makes everything easier,” Story said. “You don’t have to choreograph different intensity between the rounds. You don’t have to choreograph different time frames in the rounds. It really makes the training easy because we can pair up with each other and go at it.”
Despite spending these past weeks training with and preparing St-Pierre, Story still could not discredit the possibility that Hendricks could pull the upset and defeat GSP.
“Anybody’s got a chance when it comes to the fighting game, especially at the top level,” Story said. “It only takes one punch, and Johny’s been knocking everyone out. He’s doing something right to get where he needs to be – he’s fighting against Georges for the title.
“As far as Georges’ weapons and his athleticism and all his tools that he has in his box that he can pull out and use at any time, I really can see Georges winning the fight.”
Be sure to catch all the action at UFC 167 this Saturday, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Preliminary cards will begin airing live online at 6:30pm/3:30pm ETPT and on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm/5pm ETPT. The main card will air live on Pay-Per-View at 10pm/7pm ETPT.