Logan Storley Believes There is No Better Wrestler at 170 in Bellator

By Edward Carbajal Feb 22, 2019
Logan Storley (10-0) earned his 10th straight victory against Ion Pascu at Bellator 215 last Friday. The event was part of two back-to-back events with Bellator 216 in a weekend that featured many welterweights, and was closed out with a welterweight grand prix main event. Storley knows his fight was not one of the heavily featured bouts from the weekend, but he is not concerned with the perceptions of his last fight since he is only focused on the next one.

“People don’t get it,” the South Dakota native said. “They don’t understand high-level wrestling.” Storley was responding to some of the boos from the crowd during his dominant performance against Pascu. In the three-round fight, which Storley won via unanimous decision, he was able to take Pascu down at will and feels his version of wrestling that he brings to mixed martial arts is unmatched compared to other welterweights.

For comparison, Storley pointed out to media after the fight that Pascu previously fought Ed Ruth (6-1), a three-time division one national champion, and Pascu was only able to take him down twice. So for Storley, the ones that boo him have no understanding of what dominant wrestling in fighting really is. The 26 year-old also believes no one in Bellator’s welterweight division roster is a better wrestler than him, and that includes Ruth.

Storley is not one to call out fighters, but he has history with Ruth, having lost to him when he was 18 years old (twice according to Storely). However, he stands behind the statement that there is no better wrestler than him at 170 pounds. While the welterweight grand prix plays out, Storley will continue to work his way to a title shot, which he feels, will be soon after the tournament.

He plans on doing this by racking up the victories that will cement him as one of the top welterweights in Bellator. It is worth noting Ruth was in the welterweight grand prix and lost to Neiman Gracie at Bellator 213, so there is a fight to make there to prove who brings better wrestling to MMA.

Edward Carbajal serves as the lead MMA analyst for Frontproof Media and holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a brown belt in Ishin Ryu Karate. He has covered combat sports since 2014 and has been a fan of MMA since the first UFC. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com.


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