Logan Storley has one thing on his mind – the Bellator welterweight interim championship.
Storley is on a mission to earn his first title under a major promotion at Friday’s Bellator 280 in London. But to achieve that, he will have to get past long-time contender Michael Page, as well as Page’s pre-fight antics that come with every fight he’s in.
Page (20-1 MMA, 16-1 BMMA) is notorious for trash talking and being a showman throughout his career. Storley (13-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) is not too familiar dealing with these types of opponents, but regardless, the 29-year-old won’t let the out-of-cage factors distract him from the task at hand.
“I guess Justin Buckley talked a quite a little trash to me, but besides that, that’s about it really,” Storley told MMA Junkie Radio. “I guess I don’t really care. I don’t get too wrapped up in it. At the end of the day, I came here on a business trip. It’s not personal to me. None of this is.
“I don’t disrespect or hate anyone that I’m going to fight. At the end of the day, we’re both prize fighters fighting for money, and I’m going to do my job on Friday, and I’m going to go back to the United Sates and be champ and enjoy my life. I get it. You have to sell the fight a little bit, but it doesn’t do much for me personally.”
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Storley is filling in for champion Yaroslav Amosov, who withdrew from the title fight against Page. Amosov, a native of Ukraine, has opted to stay in his home country and be part of the resistance against Russia’s war.
Storley is fresh off a big win over Neiman Gracie at Bellator 274, which served as the promotion’s first five-round, non-title headliner. The standout wrestler’s lone loss came at the hands of Amosov.
Meanwhile, Page has won six fights in a row since suffering his first-career loss to Lima in the Bellator grand prix semifinals in May 2019. He was able to avenge his knockout loss to Lima in his most recent outing last October when he edged him out at Bellator 267 in London.