Logan Storley prevailed in a five-round stand-up battle against Neiman Gracie, defeating him via unanimous decision on Saturday night (48-47, 50-45 & 49-46).
Their fight headlined Bellator 274, which took place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA.
Storley gained an early lead on Gracie, out-landing him in the opening rounds of their battle. He was constantly advancing on Gracie and connecting at a higher rate with shots.
The fight suddenly became a back-and-forth brawl in the fourth round. It started with Storley getting hurt by shots, backing up against the cage and shelling up. Storley remained on his feet, although he continued to consume strikes as Gracie pushed forward during this exchange.
Gracie then found himself in trouble later in the fourth round, as a flurry from Storley backed him up and even dropped him.
The fight slowed back down for the final round, where Storley remained comfortably ahead.
Storley now has a pro record of 13 wins and just one loss. His previous appearance was in August 2021, where he lost a split decision to Dante Schiro.
After the fight on Saturday, Storley called for a title fight.
“I want the belt. That’s why I got in this business … Once I’m the best in the world it’s time to go do something else. I want to be the best in the world and I want the title next,” said Storley in his post-fight interview.
The Bellator Welterweight Championship is currently held by Yaroslav Amosov, who beat Storley in 2020. If he wants a shot at the title he will have to wait until Amosov faces Michael Page at Bellator’s May 13th event in London, England.
Gracie has now lost three of his past five bouts. His previous fight was his quickest pro win ever, stopping Mark Lemminger with strikes last year.
Koreshkov Earns Sub-Minute Win Against Rencountre
Andrey Koreshkov scored a brutal win in the co-main event, putting away former UFC fighter Chance Rencountre within a minute with a shot to the body.
Koreshkov first dropped Rencountre with a spinning back kick to the body. The shot immediately brought Rencountre to the ground and caused him to shell up.
Koreshkov landed a few more punches to the head of Rencountre before the fight was stopped.
Koreshkov now has three consecutive wins. His two previous victories came in 2021, defeating Adriano Rodrigues and Sabah Homasi.
Rencountre was stepping in to replace Mukhamed Berkhamov, who withdrew from the fight against Koreshkov earlier in the month.
Rencountre, a four-fight UFC vet, was appearing in Bellator after attaining two wins on the regional scene last year.
Piccolotti Uses Ground Control For Win In Return
Dominant ground control from Adam Piccolotti secured him a decision win over veteran Georgi Karakhanyan.
Piccolotti was able to get Karakhanyan down in every round, using these positions to attempt submissions and land ground and pound shots.
Karakhanyan slowed down Piccolotti’s work at times by grappling him. He got ahold of a leg of Piccolotti in the final round, although he wasn’t able to turn that position into a submission.
The victory marked Piccolotti’s return to the cage, appearing for the first time since he took a split decision loss against Sidney Outlaw in August 2020.
Karakhanyan is now on a two-fight losing streak. His previous fight was a loss to Saul Rogers.
Ward Wins In Return, Hopes To Inspire Viewers
Brennan Ward scored a second-round finish win in his return to the cage, stopping Brandon Bell in the first round.
Relentless ground and pound from Ward did significant damage to Bell in the opening round, causing bruising and bleeding. The fight finally came to an end early in the second round as the strikes from Ward continued and forced the referee to step in.
The fight was Ward’s first appearance since 2017. His return to action came after he battled drug addiction for years.
Ward hoped that his return after a tough few years could provide inspiration for people.
“I came here tonight to show the world that you can go to f****** hell and you can come back,” said Ward in his post-fight interview.
Ward called for a fight against a top-10 ranked fighter afterward.
Franklin Keeps Flawless Run Alive Against Sowma
Undefeated heavyweight Davion Franklin scored his fifth pro win to open the main card, defeating former Titan FC Heavyweight Champion Said Sowma via split decision.
The win for Franklin came through three rounds of striking exchanges, which he certainly got the best of.
Franklin now has five wins as a pro. All of his victories have come in the Bellator cage since he turned pro in early 2020.
The undefeated prospect called for a fight against veteran Linton Vassell in his post-fight interview.
Sowma had won his two previous fights, stopping Ronny Markes and earning a doctor stoppage win over Vitaly Minakov last year.
The Rest of the Card
Nick Browne made a strong comeback for his second Bellator win, stopping Mandel Nallo in the second round with strikes. This finish came after a tough opening round for Browne that saw him get knocked down by punches.
Undefeated prospect Jaylon Bates extended his record with a late submission win, catching Chris Disonell in the third round with a rear naked choke.
Bobby King handed Aviv Gozali his first pro loss on Friday night, hurting him with strikes throughout the first round and testing him for an entire round. Gozali looked to want to compete in the second round, but the fight was called to a stop after he struggled to communicate with a doctor in his corner. This communication issue lasted over a minute before the fight was stopped.
DeAnna Bennett spoiled the Bellator debut of former UFC fighter Justine Kish on the prelims, defeating her via unanimous decision after three rounds.
Jordan Newman picked up his fourth pro win on Saturday night, going three rounds against fellow undefeated fighter Cody Herbert for a unanimous decision win.
Justin Montalvo prevailed one-round back-and-forth striking battle against Corey Samuels, stopping him in the third minute with punches. Montalvo now has an undefeated record of five wins.
Former collegiate wrestler Isaiah Hokit bounced back from his unsuccessful pro debut, submitting Theodore Macuka in the first round of a fight via a rear naked choke.
Jonathan Di Lorenzo had a quick win in the opening fight of the card, catching Orlando Mendoza earn with a darce choke to stop the fight via submission. Di Lorenzo now has two pro wins.
Main Card (9:00PM EST) (Showtime)
Bout 13: Logan Storley def. Neiman Gracie via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 12: Andrey Koreshkov def. Chance Rencountre via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 0:38)
Bout 11: Adam Piccolotti def. Georgi Karakhanyan via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 10: Brennan Ward def. Brandon Bell via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 0:32)
Bout 9: Davion Franklin def. Said Sowma via Decision, Split
Preliminary Card (6:00PM EST) (Youtube)
Bout 8: Nick Browne def. Mandel Nallo via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 2:20)
Bout 7: Jaylon Bates def. Chris Disonell via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 3, 3:39)
Bout 6: Bobby King def. Aviv Gozali via TKO, Doctor Stoppage (RD 1, 5:00)
Bout 5: DeAnna Bennett def. Justine Kish via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 4: Jordan Newman def. Cody Herbert via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 3: Justin Montalvo def. Corey Samuels via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 2:43)
Bout 2: Isaiah Hokit def. Theodore Macuka via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 3:59)
Bout 1: Jonathan Di Lorenzo def. Orlando Mendoza via Submission, Darce Choke (RD 1, 1:07)