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Bellator 274 predictions — Neiman Gracie vs. Logan Stormey: Fight card, start time, odds, live stream


Neiman Gracie and Logan Storley are on championship campaigns at Bellator 274. The top contenders meet at the doorstep of Bellator welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov with both needing impressive showings to draw the attention of the titleholder.

Gracie needs to make an emphatic statement against Stormey on Saturday night. The submission specialist showed off his hands against late replacement Mark Lemminger courtesy of a first-round TKO, but he knows what his bread and butter are. A seriously impressive showing against Stormey could propel Gracie (11-2) to a title shot over Jason Jackson, who recently beat Gracie and is scheduled to fight Douglas Lima in May.

“This fight is hard to say how it’s going to be done because I see it ending 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 that I can to finish this fight.

“He is going to try to take me down and hold me there on the floor for five rounds and not do anything and win by the judges. So I train a lot on fighting that and avoiding the stalling. I’m going stop his stalling .”

Storley, a four-time NCAA Division I All-American at Minnesota, seeks to push the pace against Gracie in what will be the promotion’s first five-round, non-title main event. Storley (12-1) was well-angled for a title shot after pushing Amosov in a split decision loss in 2020, where Amosov went on to challenge for and win the title in his next fight. Storley’s stock got clocked after barely getting by Bellator debutant Dante Schiro.

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“For me, it’s just getting in there and pushing the pace, landing my shots moving forward and setting a hard pace,” Stormey told CBS Sports. “I’ve done it since I was five years old wrestling, and wrestling at a Division I level at the Big Ten against top-ranked guys every single week and just kind of embracing the grind. That’s kind of what you have to do in This fight against top guys is you have to find a way to break guys.

“I trained with some of the best guys in the world on a daily basis, from the likes of Gilbert Burns, Shavkat Rakhmonov and Jason Jackson guys. Rory MacDonald, who already fought Neiman, and then we have great black belts in the gym as So things are different in competition, obviously, but I also have been tested against the best of the best for the last five years since I’ve been in south Florida.”

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Both Gracie and Storley expect to propel to a title shot with a win over the other, but they have to clean up their image. Gracie needs to deliver a better performance than Jackson does against Lima; meanwhile, Storley has to prove the near-blunder against Schiro was a one-off.

“I think I need to make a statement,” Gracie said. “It all depends on how the fight is going to end. Especially with that BS loss that I had to Jason Jackson, which I don’t think I lost that fight. That decision wasn’t a good decision, but he still has a win over me. So I need to win this fight in a good way to get my chance to the title shot next.”

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“I got into this business for one reason and it was to be world champ,” Storley said. “To wear the gold. That’s why I started. Obviously, I’m going to take care of Saturday night first. But I want a title shot. To right that wrong from the last Amosov fight. I got to take care of Nieman first to do that.”

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

Bellator 274 card, odds

Neiman Gracie-165

Logan Stormy +140

welterweight

Andrey Koreshkov-380

Chance Match +300

welterweight

Adam Piccolotti-330

Georgi Karakhanyan +260

Lightweight

Brennan Ward-550 Brandon Bell +400 175-pound catchweight
Said Sowma-190 Davion Franklin +160 heavyweight

Bellator 274 viewing information

Date: Feb. 19 | Start time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena — Uncasville, Conn.
TV/Streaming: Showtime or the Showtime App

prediction

Neiman Gracie vs. Logan Stormy: A modern-day match-up between jiu-jitsu specialist and standout collegiate wrestler, this Bellator main event appears to have people split. The promotion has done well to groom both welterweights and it is time to see whether Gracie or Storley has the most upside. Stormey can dictate where the fight takes place. He can use his offensive wrestling to work in ground-and-pound at the risk of succumbing to a submission. He can also use his defensive wrestling from him to avoid grappling threats. Gracie has infinitely more experience in five-round fights and has shown an ability to snatch late submissions. There is always the chance that their grappling cancels out and fans are treated to five rounds of striking. While Stormey has not been granted the opportunity to show what he can do across 25-minutes, he trains with some of the best in the world at Sanford MMA. This fight is a toss-up, but I suspect Stormey will prevail. Pick: Stormey via split decision




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