Logan Storley may very well have been his own biggest critic following a split decision win over Dante Schiro at Bellator 265 on Friday.
“In this sport, a win’s a win. But that’s not what I wanted to do, that’s not what I prepared to do. At the end of the day, I’m grateful for the win, but I want to go out there and be dominant, and I fell short in a couple positions,” the welterweight stated following the fight, speaking to media outlets including Cageside Press. The bout was far closer than it looked on paper, with Schiro being a +600 underdog or worse on some betting sites. “Much credit to Dante, he had a good game plan, and they did a good job.”
In particular, Storley (12-1) noted that “I’ve just got to do more damage on top. I’ve got to get to my positions. I did a good job controlling him, I missed the right hand once or twice. That was part of the game plan, I thought that I was going to land that right and shut his lights out.” Storley never felt threatened on the feet, adding “he just did a good job of making me do all the work. Went on top and kind of slowed me down, then he the third, he just did a good job of staying against the cage. I exerted a lot of energy.”
Storley believes he needs to “be a little smarter with where I want to explode in the cage.” But despite his self-criticism, the South Dakotan believes that he’s moved closer to champ Yaroslav Amosov with the win.
“I know it wasn’t the best performance, but I did that same thing with Yaroslav and made him the most exhausted he’s ever been,” said Storley. “That’s kind of my style, is grinding and adding more implements to it, to be more explosive and get damage. But he knows how deep I took him into those waters, and had him in trouble, and [Douglas] Lima didn’t do that to him.”
Watch the full Bellator 265 post-fight press scrum with Logan Storley above.