Bellator 274 Predictions – Neiman Gracie vs. Logan Storley: Fight Card, Odds, Start Time, Live Stream

Neiman Gracie and Logan Storley are campaigning for the championship at Bellator 274. Top contenders meet at the doorstep of Bellator Welterweight Champion Yaroslav Amosov, with both needing impressive performances to grab the titleholder’s attention.

Gracie is to make a definite statement against Storley on Saturday night. The submission specialist showed his hands against late replacement Mark Lemminger thanks to a first-round TKO, but he knows what his bread and butter is. A truly impressive performance against Storley could propel Gracie (11-2) to a title shot against Jason Jackson, who recently beat Gracie and is scheduled to fight Douglas Lima in May.

“It’s hard to say how this fight is going to play out because I see it ending in so many different ways,” Gracie told CBS Sports. “It can be by submission or by knockout. One thing I can guarantee is that this fight will end before the fifth round. I’m going to do everything I can to finish this fight.

“He’s going to try to knock me down and hold me down for five rounds and do nothing and win by the judges. So I’m training a lot to fight that and avoid the stall. I’m going to stop his stall. “

Storley, a four-time NCAA Division I All-American in Minnesota, is looking to pick up the pace against Gracie in what will be the promotion’s first main event in five non-title rounds. Storley (12-1) was well geared for a title shot after pushing Amosov to a split decision loss in 2020, where Amosov went on to challenge and win the title in his next fight. Storley’s stock was clocked after barely managing to beat Bellator debutant Dante Schiro.

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“For me, it’s just about coming in and picking up the pace, getting my shots going and setting a hard pace,” Storley told CBS Sports. “I’ve been doing it since I was five wrestling and wrestling at the Division I level at the Big Ten against top ranked guys every week and just kind of embracing the grind. It’s kind of what you gotta do in this fight against the top guys is you gotta find a way to break the guys down. That’s why I don’t have to do this fight.

“I trained daily with some of the best guys in the world, like Gilbert Burns, Shavkat Rakhmonov and Jason Jackson. Rory MacDonald, who once fought Neiman, and then we have great black belts in the gym like So things are different in competition, obviously, but I’ve also been tested against the best of the best over the past five years since I’ve been in South Florida.

Both Gracie and Storley expect to propel themselves to a title with a win over each other, but they need to clean up their image. Gracie must perform better than Jackson against Lima; meanwhile, Storley must prove that the near miss against Schiro was unique.

“I think I have to make a statement,” Gracie said. “It all depends on how the fight is going to end. Especially with that BS loss I had against Jason Jackson, which I don’t think I lost that fight. That decision was not a good decision, but it always has a win on me. So I have to win this fight the right way to have my shot at winning the title next.”

“I got into this business for a reason and that was to be world champion,” Storley said. “To carry the gold. That’s why I started. Obviously I’ll take care of Saturday night first. But I want a title shot. To right this wrong from Amosov’s last fight. I have to deal with Nieman first to do that.”

Here is the fight card for Bellator 274 with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

Bellator 274 card, odds

Neiman Gracie-165

Logan Storey +140

Welterweight

Andrei Koreshkov -380

Luck meets +300

Welterweight

Adam Piccolotti-330

Georgi Karakhanyan +260

Lightweight

Brennan Ward -550 Brandon Bell +400 175 pound catch weight
Said Sowma -190 Davion Franklin +160 Heavy weights

Bellator 274 display information

Dated: February 19 | Start time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena — Uncasville, Connecticut
Television/Broadcast: Showtime or the Showtime app

Prediction

Neiman Gracie vs. Logan Storley: A modern-day match between a jiu-jitsu specialist and a standout collegiate wrestler, this Bellator main event seems to be dividing people. The promotion has done well to prepare both welterweights and it’s time to see if Gracie or Storley has the most upside. Storley can dictate where the fight takes place. He can use his offensive struggle to work on the ground at the risk of succumbing to a submission. He can also use his defensive grapple to avoid grappling threats. Gracie has infinitely more experience in five-round fights and has shown an ability to rip off late submissions. There’s always the possibility that their fight will end and the fans will get five rounds of punching. Although Storley hasn’t had the opportunity to show what he can do in 25 minutes, he trains with some of the best in the world at Sanford MMA. This fight is a draw, but I suspect Storley will prevail. Pick: Storeley via split decision

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