UFC officials announced on Tuesday that Swedish fighter Papy Abedi (8-2) will step in to take on Rick Story (13-5) at the UFC on FX 4 event on June 22nd. Story was originally scheduled to fight Rich Attonito who is now unable to compete due to an undisclosed injury.
This new welterweight bout will feature on the events preliminary card which will air on Fuel TV with the main card airing on FX.
UFC on FX 4 will take place in Atlantic City, N.J., and will be headlined by a lightweight matchup between Clay Guida and Gray Maynard.
Rick Story is coming off back to back losses against Charlie Brenneman and Martin Kampmann after pulling off a big upset win over Thiago Alves. It should be noted that the loss to Brenneman was a fight that Story agreed to take on just a few hours notice as his original opponent (Nate Marquardt) was pulled from the event. Prior to those losses Story was on a six fight winning with his only UFC loss coming in his debut against John Hathaway. Story needs a win here to put himself back into the mix in a crowded welterweight division.
Papy Abedi is yet to win a fight in the UFC joining the promotion with an undefeated record, picking up eight straight victories on the European MMA circuit. Abedi has submission losses to Thiago Alves and James Head and desperately needs a win if he’s to say in the UFC.