The No. 5 ranked welterweight in Bellator MMA is returning to his home state for the Bellator 265 event Aug. 20 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
Logan Storley (11-1) will be fighting against Dante Schiro (8-2) at 170 lbs. Storley last fought in South Dakota in a winning bout on Aug. 2018.
“These are the people and businesses that have supported me, and to go out there and perform it means a lot to me,” Storley told the Argus Leader.
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Storley was last scheduled to fight in May, but after having his first opponent pull out due to contracting COVID-19, his second opponent was not cleared to fight hours before the bout.
“You got to show up and do your job, so my job is to go in there and be a better fighter on August 20,” Storley said.
The Webster native got his start in wrestling at the age of five. He managed six state titles in high school. Afterwards, Storley went to Minnesota, earned All-American honors four consecutive years, and then became a mixed martial arts fighter.
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Storley’s only defeat in his MMA career came during his last bout where he lost against Yaroslav Amosov in a split-decision.
“I thought I did enough to win the fight, then he went on and won the belt, beating up the former champ,” Storley said.
A win Aug. 20, could see Storley moving up in the welterweight rankings, but he said he’s not looking ahead past his next fight.
“I want another crack at him, but right now I have to take care of this guy and then move on,” Storley said, “That’s how you go about this, I’m not looking ahead of anybody.”
Storley and Schiro will face off against each other at the Bellator 265.
The following fights have also been announced for the event:
- Cheick Kongo (30-11-2) vs Sergei Kharitonov (30-7-0)
- Adam Borics (17-1-0) vs Jay Jay Wilson (8-0-0)
- DeAnna Bennett (11-7-1) vs Alejandra Lara (9-4-0)
- Mike Hamel (7-5-0) Bryce Logan (12-5-0)
- Fabio Aguiar (17-2-0) vs Taylor Johnson (7-2-0)
The following fights were also announced as preliminary bouts:
- Kory Moegenburg vs Jeff Nielsen
- Kevin Childs vs Bailey Schoenfelder
- Duane Johnson vs Tyler Vogel
- Deven Fisher vs Archie Colgan
Tickets for Bellator 265 are on sale at ticketmaster.com and the Sanford Pentagon Box Office.