South Dakotan Bellator MMA fighter announced for title bout after champion steps away to fight in Ukraine

South Dakota native Logan Storley will fight for the Bellator MMA Welterweight World Championship on Friday, May 13, 2022.

South Dakota native Logan Storley will fight for the Bellator MMA Welterweight World Championship on Friday, May 13, 2022.

A South Dakotan mixed martial arts fighter has been confirmed for a title shot at a Bellator MMA event, according to a news release .

Bellator MMA confirmed Wednesday that undefeated welterweight world champion Yaroslav Amosov, who is actively defending his home country of Ukraine, has withdrawn from his upcoming title defense against Michael “Venom” Page on May 13, according to a release from the promotion.

“MVP” (20-1) will now face No. 4 ranked Logan Storley (13-1), of South Dakota, who is fresh off of a career-defining victory over Neiman Gracie, in the main event of Bellator 281 at the OVO Arena Wembley in London, according to the release.

The new matchup between Page and Storley will see the two world class fighters vie for the interim Bellator Welterweight Title.

The Webster native got his start in wrestling at age 5. He managed six state titles in high school. Afterward, Storley went to Minnesota, earned All-American honors four consecutive years, and then became a mixed martial arts fighter.

Storley’s only defeat in his MMA career came during his bout against Amosov where he lost via split-decision.

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Storley competed in Sioux Falls back in August, and after that fight told the Argus Leader he wanted another shot at Amosov and a title shot.

“I want to go fight for the belt now and have a better performance,” Storley said then.

The fight against Amosov didn’t materialize, but the title shot has for Storley.

“Like the rest of the world, we’ve been shocked by the tragic events in Ukraine and the thoughts of everyone at Bellator MMA are with Yaroslav and all the Ukrainian people during this time,” said Bellator MMA President Scott Coker. “We wish he and his family the best and look forward to seeing him return safely to happier times, both inside and out of the Bellator cage.”

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This article originally appeared on Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Logan Storley fighting for interim Bellator MMA Welterweight title

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