Eight months before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Yaroslav Amosov won the Bellator welterweight title by defeating Douglas Lima at Bellator 260.
On Saturday, the undefeated Ukrainian champion returns to the cage, to defend his belt against Logan Storley in a rematch at Bellator 291. This time he enters the cage with a different perspective on MMA.
“The situation in Ukraine now is motivation,” Amosov said in an recent interview.
“Before I was only a fighter, a sportsman. The cage was my home. Now, I understand it’s only sports. It’s a big motivation for me, of course. I train, hard training. But I understand it’s not number one. Number one is save your family, you know? Your people. It’s different.”
Yaroslav Amosov has an impressive record of 26-0 and made his promotional debut in July 2018. He defeated Logan Storley in 2020 via split decision. Storley then became the promotion’s interim champion after beating Michael Page in May 2022.
Full fight card for Bellator 291 with Yaroslav Amosov
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- Welterweight bout: Yaroslav Amosov (c) vs. Logan Storley (ic)
- Featherweight bout: Pedro Carvalho vs. Jeremy Kennedy
- Lightweight bout: Peter Queally vs. Bryce Logan
- Women’s Featherweight bout: Sinead Kavanagh vs. Janay Harding
- Featherweight bout: Ciaran Clarke vs. Leonardos Sinis
- Light heavyweight bout: Karl Moore vs. Maciej Rozanski
- Middleweight bout: Charlie Ward vs. Mike Shipman
- Bantamweight bout: Brian Moore vs. Luca Iovine
- Featherweight bout: Piotr Niedzielski vs. Richie Smullen
- Heavyweight bout: Gokhan Saricam vs. Oleg Popov
- Middleweight bout: Norbert Novenyi Jr. vs. Andy Manzolo
- Featherweight bout: Khasan Magomedsharipov vs. Rafael Hudson
- Featherweight bout: Darragh Kelly vs. Dorval Jordan
- Featherweight bout: Asael Adjoudj vs. Liam McCracken
- Women’s Flyweight bout: Elina Kallionidou vs. Jena Bishop
- Featherweight bout: Kenny Mokhonoana vs. Craig McIntosh
- Welterweight bout: Daniele Scatizzi vs. Dmytrii Hrytsenko
- Welterweight bout: Steven Hill vs. Joel Kouadja
*Bout order and number of fights can change.