Ace is one of my favorite fighters and I do not believe this story. I guess my only reason would be that Rich himself would have mentioned something since his loss wouldn't he? Something as small as "Hey, I wasn't feeling well but I felt that I could beat him down anyway, I didn't and it sucks". Now that I hear it in my head, maybe he wouldn't have, sounds like an excuse. If you can, get the beginning of the Silva/Leben fight, Leben didn't look right either. I've noticed many fighters that look like "somethings wrong" before their fight.
"DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI"