It was a night to remember for Gopher alumnus Logan Storley at Bellator 181 on Friday night. With a flurry of elbow blows, Storley secured his first Bellator victory with a technical knockout, and moved his professional MMA record to 6-0.
Storley, who now has secured a knockout in all six of his professional fights, wrapped up his career at the University of Minnesota in 2015 as a four-time All-American. Storley wrestled at Webster (S.D.) High School prior to coming to Minnesota, the same high school as Gopher Wrestling, MMA and WWE legend Brock Lesnar. Storley earned the Junior Hodge Trophy as a six-time state champion at Webster with a career mark of 262-3, making him one of the hottest wrestling prospects in the country when he signed with the Gophers. Storley was immediately inserted into the Minnesota lineup as a true freshman, finishing sixth, fourth, third and fourth at the NCAA tournament during his four seasons in the Maroon and Gold, wrestling all four years at 174 pounds.
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Since graduating, Storley has fought with the Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) banner, and signed with Bellator on June 27.
Kemmyelle Haley (7-4) was Storley’s opponent at the event held at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. Haley had the advantage in height and reach (both two inches) with both fighters making the 170-pound weight.
Using his superior wrestling skills, Storley quickly took Haley to the mat, gaining top control within the first twenty seconds. He then moved to Haley’s left side and controlled a side mount where Storley unleashed a barrage of right elbows, ending the fight just a minute and forty seconds into the first round.
With the win, Storley continues to move up the Bellator contender rankings.
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