Four-time All-American Logan Storley eyeing UFC gold

Logan Storley is one of the most successful wrestlers to step onto the mat for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Storley, who is set to graduate in the spring, will finish his collegiate career as a four-time All-American.

So, what is next for the Webster, South Dakota native? Mixed martial arts.

Storley announced that he will be pursuing a career in MMA after he graduates which makes him the latest wrestling standout to make the leap to professional cagefighting.

Not only does Logan Storley have his eyes set on a professional fighting career, he is eyeing a championship belt in the sport’s top promotion.

“My goal was to win a national title and I came up a little bit short,” Storley said, via FOX Sports. “I was one of only 10 four-time All-Americans from Minnesota and that’s a great accomplishment, but I didn’t get that gold. Now, I’m moving on, and being a UFC champ is what I want to accomplish. I’m not coming into this sport to fight a few times just to see how I do. I’m coming in to be the best.”

Perhaps the most interesting fact in the Logan Storley story is that he will be following in the footsteps of former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

Like Storley, Lesnar grew up in Webster, South Dakota. The two men also competed for Minnesota and then set their sights on the UFC.

“I grew up in the same town as Brock Lesnar. We had the same high school coach,” Storley added. “I grew up watching him wrestle and then watching him fight, so I grew up around that. Then I had three amateur fights in high school and I’ve wanted to fight since my freshman or sophomore year of college.

“Now getting done with the NCAA tournament, it’s time to actually get to it.”

Storley will decide on a training camp following his graduation. The proper training camp is crucial to finding success inside of the cage, so it will be an important decision for Logan Storley if he is to achieve the success in MMA that he dreams of.

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*Section Photo credit to Tony Rotundo, USA Wrestling; Featured Photo (above) credit to Twitter/Minnesota Golden Gophers Athletics