The Bellator MMA returned to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on Saturday and for the first time in promotion history, the Bellator 274 featured a five-round, non-title main event.
Storley, a four-time NCAA Division I All-American living at one of the most famous universities in wrestling, and Gracie, a submission of jiu-Jitsu royalty, revoked each other's powers. By the way, it is better to call Fight Wrestler vs. Grappler, almost complete competition took place on foot in the Striking Department. After a feeling of inferiority in the first three rounds, the Hemikers were knocked out into the championship rounds.
The important event was certainly noteworthy for other reasons. Ranking # 4 and # 5 in the welterweight division, respectively, Gracie and Storley had a chance to enter the title race with a statement win. During the first 15 minutes, the pace slowed as Storley and Gracie, both seemingly exhausted, began to hammer at each other. During Round 4, both fighters were shaken, and Storley made rapid waves to Gracie in the middle of the frame. Round 5 was more action and ended with the victory of Storley's decision. Storley was awarded the unanimous decision by scores of 48-47, 50-45, and 49-46.
Storley (13-1) is now eyeing a rematch against either Bellator welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov or high-light rail striker Michael "Venom" Page, depending on who Bellator is as the title holder from London. Emerges The victory over Gracie gave Storley some much-needed momentum. Storley lost a narrow decision to secede from Amosov back in November 2020, and looked very flat in the victory of the split decision against Blatter's debutant Dante Shero in August.
Gracie (11-3) has taken turns winning and losing since December 2018. Defeat to Storley is the latest in a series that includes defeats against Jason Jackson and Rory MacDonald, and victories over Mark Leminger, John Fitch and Ed Roth.
Former Welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov, also in action at Belitar 274, is looking for his second and third overall victory in the promotion. After knocking down two battles / opponents, he was paired with the UFC alum Chance Rencountre. Another UFC veteran, Justin Kish, was also on the card, making a promotional debut against DeAnna Bennett in the women's flyweight bout.
Meanwhile, after four years away and struggling with drugs, Brennan Ward returned to the cage on Saturday. Now 33, Ward was trying to get into a race, starting with Brendan Bell.
Official Ballet 274 results include:
Logan Storley def. Neiman Gracie by unanimous decision (48-47, 50-45, 49-46)
Andrey Koreshkov def. Chance Rencountre by TKO (spinning heel kick and strikes), Round 1, 0:38
Adam Piccolotti def. Georgi Karakhanyan by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Brennan Ward def. Brandon Bell by TKO, Round 2, 0:32
Davion Franklin def. Said Sowma by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Nick Browne def. Mandel Nallo by TKO, Round 2, 2:20
Jaylon Bates def. Chris Disonell by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 3, 3:39
Bobby King def. Aviv Gozali by TKO (doctor stoppage), Round 1, 5:00
DeAnna Bennett def. Justine Kish by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Jordan Newman def. Cody Herbert by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Justin Montalvo def. Corey Samuels by TKO, Round 1, 2:43
Isaiah Hokit def. Theodore Macuka by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 3:59
Jonathan Dilorenzo def. Orlando Mendoza by submission (D’arce choke), Round 1, 1:07