Add another standout amateur wrestler-turned-undefeated fighter to the Bellator MMA roster.
Bellator has signed four-time Division I All-American Logan Storley to a promotional contract, with the former University of Minnesota wrestling standout set to make his debut for the company versus Kemmyelle Haley at Bellator 181 on July 14 in Thackerville, Oklahoma. FloCombat was first to report Storley's signing on Monday.
The 24-year-old Storley is a native of Webster, South Dakota, the same birthplace of former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight kingpin Brock Lesnar. More impressively, Storley is one of only three athletes, alongside fellow South Dakotan Kirk Wallman and Alabama's Michael Sutton, to win six state wrestling titles. After his high school career, “Storm” wrestled at 174 pounds for the Golden Gophers, taking All-American honors all four years. His best finish at the national tournament came in the 2013-14 season, taking 3rd in his junior season.
Following his collegiate wrestling exploits, Storley began training with the Power MMA team in Arizona in preparation for his fighting career. Storley has posted a 5-0 record with five knockouts as a pro, all under the Resurrection Fighting Alliance or Legacy Fighting alliance banner, with no bouts lasting longer than five and a half minutes. “Storm” has since changed up his training, settling in with the new-look Combat Club in Florida under coach Henri Hooft.
“The decision was made based on what is best for my career and my future from both a financial and exposure standpoint,” Storley told FloCombat. “The UFC has 500 guys on the roster and some guys don't get to fight as much because of it. Bellator has a smaller roster and have a lot of talented wrestling prospects who get talked about and pushed. Just look at Michael Chandler.”
“Michael went from being a good fighter who no one really knew to becoming the face of Bellator. I'm only 24 years old and plan on doing this for a long time, whether it be for Bellator, UFC or whoever. But right now Bellator was the right fit.”