Sometimes, the script doesn’t play out. One can’t win every battle, and with the defeats that are few and far in between, comes a time of reflection and resolve.
This was the case at Bellator 186 at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State. Two of Henri Hooft’s finest fighters, Logan Storley and Linton Vassell, were on their quests to further cement their names in Bellator legacy. Vassell was challenging for the Light Heavyweight title that saw him take on Champion Ryan Bader with an 18-5 record going into the fight. Even though Linton displayed grit and tagged Bader numerous occasions, Bader ended up snatching the win after pinning Vassell to the cage and finishing the fight via ground-n-pound. Although he was dejected, Vassell posted on his social media platforms that he had learned from his mistakes and vowed to come back stronger.
However, the other side of the night in the prelims wasn’t so dreary. In fact, it was spectacular. Logan Storley put on a rugged display against Matt Secor, and after cutting him open inside the open round, Storley proceeded to put a beat-down on Secor from all angles. He won via unanimous decision and rightly so, and in the process improved upon his unbeaten record to 7-0. Storley has long been touted as a future household Bellator name. He trained alongside Brock Lesnar in his younger years as they attended the same high school, and beyond high school, he was a 4-time NCAA All-American at the University of Minnesota. With an already impressive ground game, and under the wing of Henri Hooft in the stand-up department, Logan is on course for a title-shot sooner rather than later.