Bellator Dublin: Amosov Vs. Storley Preview
The main event of Bellator Dublin will feature Yaroslav Amosov taking on Logan Storley in a highly anticipated rematch for the welterweight championship. The bout will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at 3Arena in Dublin. The fight is scheduled for five rounds in the welterweight division, with a weight limit of 170 pounds.
The First Fight
Amosov rose to fame with his victory over Storley at Bellator 252 in November 2020, which earned him a shot at the 170-pound title against Douglas Lima. He proved his mettle by defeating Lima in a unanimous decision, cementing his status as champion and maintaining his unblemished record of 26 wins.
With this in mind, Amosov is perhaps the slight favorite to claim a second victory over Storley. Odds are not yet available since they are generally released closer to the fight; however, bookmakers will be expecting to take a large number of bets as fight fans lay odds as the fight approaches. Remember, if you enjoy a flutter, make sure you keep an eye out for promotions that offer free bets or bonuses for new signups, such as a Wow Vegas promo code.
Initially, Amosov was scheduled to defend his title against Michael Page. However, he chose to put his fighting career on hold to serve in the war against Russia in his native Ukraine. In the meantime, Storley stepped in to face Page in an interim title fight and emerged victorious with a split decision at Bellator 281.
Tale of The Tape
Yaroslav Amosov enters the octagon with an impressive record of 26 wins and zero losses. Nine of his wins come by knockout and 10 by submission. Meanwhile, Logan Storley will step into the cage with 14 wins, one loss, and no draws, with eight of his wins by knockout. Storley has a higher knockout percentage (57%) compared to Amosov (35%). However, if the fight goes to the ground, Amosov’s higher submission rate (38%) may give him the advantage over Storley (0%). Amosov is 29 years old, one year younger than Storley, and has a two-inch height and three-inch reach advantage. He is also the more experienced fighter, with 11 more professional fights, having made his debut in 2012, three years earlier than Storley.
Amosov remains undefeated as a professional fighter. He defeated Douglas Lima in his last fight by unanimous decision at Bellator 260, which took place on June 11, 2021. In his previous fight, he defeated Logan Storley at Bellator 252 by a split decision. Storley, on the other hand, has won four of his last five fights. In his last bout, he defeated Michael Page by a split decision at Bellator 281.
Over their careers, Amosov has been more active in the octagon than Storley. Amosov’s last fight was a year and seven months ago, while Storley last fought eight months ago. Over the past four years, Amosov has fought on average every nine months, with a total of 16 rounds in five fights. Storley, in comparison, has fought on average every nine months, with a total of 19 rounds in five fights.
However, there is a big question mark over Amosov in this fight, as he is making a comeback after nearly two years of inactivity. Their first encounter in 2020, which was considered one of the best fights in the promotion’s history, resulted in a split decision. Since then, Storley has honed his striking skills, making this rematch a highly anticipated and potentially different contest from their first encounter.
Amosov vs Storley promises to be an exciting welterweight championship fight at Bellator Dublin. Both fighters come in with impressive records and will look to claim the title, with revenge on Storley’s mind. With Amosov’s record of submissions and Storley’s power, it is anyone’s guess as to who will come out on top. The fight is sure to be a thrill for fans of MMA and the welterweight division.
Event: Bellator Dublin: Amosov vs Storley 2
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Location: 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland
How to watch: Showtime
Bellator Dublin main card
145 lbs.: Pedro Carvalho (12-6) vs. Jeremy Kennedy (18-3)
155 lbs.: Peter Queally (13-7-1) vs. Bryce Logan (12-7)
145 lbs.: Sinead Kavanagh (8-5) vs. Janay Harding (6-7)
145 lbs.: Ciaran Clarke (6-0) vs. Keir Harvie (4-1)
Picks of The ‘Prelims’
205 lbs.: Karl Moore (10-2) vs. Maciej Rozanski (14-3)
185 lbs.: Charlie Ward (10-5) vs. Michael Shipman (14-4)
135 lbs.: Brian Moore (15-9) vs. Luca Lovine (15-8)
170 lbs.: Oliver Enkamp (11-3) vs. Luca Poclit (7-1)
145 lbs.: Richie Smullen (9-2-1) vs. Piotr Niedzielski (17-4)