Bellator President Scott Coker thinks interim welterweight champion Logan Storley could’ve done much successful his triumph astatine Bellator 281.
Storley defeated Michael Venom Page via divided determination successful the Bellator 281 headliner. He won with his wrestling and was capable to past barrages from Page connected the feet to unafraid the victory.
But Storley’s attack to his triumph implicit Page didn’t spell without criticism. Many fans and pundits questioned the last scorecards owed to Storley’s reluctance to enactment retired discourtesy aft scoring takedowns.
During his Bellator 281 post-fight property conference, Coker explained wherefore helium feels Storley did a disservice to the viewing audience.
“Honestly, I deliberation Logan has immoderate betterment to bash myself too,” Coker said of Storley. “You can’t conscionable laic connected idiosyncratic and deliberation you’re gonna triumph and people points, that’s not MMA, that’s wrestling. To me, if you’re gonna wrestle, you person to proceed to wrestle and past effort to submit, ground-and-pound, strike.
“There’s a quality betwixt what you spot connected the wrestling mat and what you spot successful the cage. To me, each these fighters…. they’re astatine the precise highest level of what they do. But, they beryllium it to themselves, they beryllium it to the audience, to the fans… to proceed to get amended astatine the disciplines that they’re not beardown in.”
Coker went connected to reply however helium scored the Storley vs. Page headliner.
“I thought [Page] won that fight,” Coker revealed. “The crushed I accidental that… Half of the round, helium was striking. The different half, you can’t conscionable laic connected somebody. You’re not doing immoderate damage, you’re not getting adjacent to a submission, you’re not creating immoderate threat. You’re conscionable laying connected somebody, and that’s not MMA.”
Storley earned a changeable for the interim rubric aft welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov pulled retired of his fight with Page to combat connected the beforehand lines successful Ukraine. Page earned the rubric changeable by defeating Douglas Lima via a divided decision.
Despite Coker’s criticism, Storley volition look Amosov astatine a aboriginal day successful a rematch of their adjacent combat astatine Bellator 252. The erstwhile Division I wrestling standout volition look to bring a much well-rounded crippled to the champion successful his adjacent Bellator appearance.
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