Bellator 281: MVP vs. Storley Live Coverage

Michael Page and Logan Storley pose at Bellator's ceremonial weigh-ins.
Michael Page and Logan Storley have a chance to earn Bellator gold in Friday’s main event (Lucas Noonan / Bellator MMA)

Bellator will crown an interim welterweight champion on Friday night when contenders Michael Page and Logan Storley face off in a five-round bout. Their matchup is scheduled to headline a card that will take place at the SSE Arena in London, England.

Follow throughout the evening for updates on the event.

Click here to read a preview of the card.

Quick Results

Preliminary Card (1:00PM EDT / 6:00PM BST) (Youtube)

Bout 1: Chiara Penco def. Lanchana Green via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 2: Maciej Rozanski def. Lee Chadwick via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 3: Charlie Ward def. Alan Carlos via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 4: Andrew Fisher def. Attila Korkmaz via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 5: Alfie Davis vs. Tim Wilde Decision, Majority Draw

Bout 6: Oliver Enkamp def. Mark Lemminger via Submission, Buggy Choke (RD 3, 0:25)

Bout 7: Elina Kallionidou def. Kate Jackson via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 4:53)

Bout 8: Daniel Weichel def. Robert Whiteford via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:12)

Main Card (4:00PM EDT / 9:00PM BST) (Showtime)

Bout 9: Simon Biyong def. Luke Trainer via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 10: Paul Daley def. Wendell Giacomo via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 4:09)

Bout 11: Kana Watanabe def. Denise Kielholtz via Submission, Triangle Choke (RD 2, 3:03)

Bout 12: Fabian Edwards def. Lyoto Machida via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 3:18)

Bout 13: Logan Storley def. Michael Page via Decision, Split (Vacant Interim Bellator Welterweight Championship)

Live Coverage

Bout 13: Michael Page (20-1) vs. Logan Storley (13-1) (Vacant Interim Bellator Welterweight Championship)

Storley Uses Wrestling To Beat Page, Earn Interim Bellator Championship

Logan Storley was crowned the interim Bellator Welterweight Champion on Friday night after going five rounds against Michael Page for a split decision win (48-47 Storley, 48-47 Page & 48-46 Storley).

Storley used his wrestling to stop Page from initiating his own attacks throughout the fight. He landed many takedowns in the bout, and at other times kept Page against the cage in clinch positions.

In the few times where the fight was at the stand-up range, it was Page that had the much better moments. The fight notably remained as a striking exchange for a fair portion of the fourth round.

Current Bellator Welterweight Champion Yaroslav Amosov is currently in his home country of Ukraine amid Russia’s attempted invasion of the country. The interim title was created because of this, as Amosov is not able to compete at the moment.

The win on Friday night potentially sets Storley up for a rematch against Amosov. Storley took his first pro loss when he fought Amosov in 2020, losing a decision in the end.

The live crowd was vocally disapproving of Storley’s wrestling-heavy fight. After the bout, he mentioned that he felt he couldn’t compete on the feet against a dangerous striker like Page.

“Boo me all you want, that guy’s talented. Nobody stands with him. Look what happens when everyone stands with him,” said Storley in his post-fight interview.

Friday was just the second time that Page took a loss in his extensive MMA career. He avenged his first loss in his previous appearance, defeating Douglas Lima in 2021.

Bout 12: Lyoto Machida (26-11) vs. Fabian Edwards (9-2) (Middleweight)

Edwards Stops Machida Early To End Losing Streak

Fabian Edwards snapped a two-fight losing streak with a win against legendary fighter Lyoto Machida, stopping him in the first round with strikes.

Edwards first stunned Machida with a left elbow to the head while exiting a clinch position. He followed up with punches that got Machida to the ground and forced the referee to end the bout.

The victory on Friday earned Edwards his first win since 2019. He suffered two consecutive losses in recent years, including a 2021 defeat to Austin Vanderford.

Machida, a former champion, has now lost four consecutive bouts in Bellator. He faced Ryan Bader in his previous bout as part of the promotion’s light heavyweight grand prix.

Bout 11: Denise Kielholtz (6-3) vs. Kana Watanabe (10-1-1) (Flyweight)

Watanabe Bounces Back From Loss With Submission Over Kielholtz

Kana Watanabe returned to the win column on Friday night, catching Denise Kielholtz in the second round with a triangle choke.

Watanabe slipped in the triangle choke while on her back late in the second round. This sudden submission ended a close fight that saw Kielholtz succeed at times.

Kielholtz hurt Watanabe just seconds into the fight, connecting with a combination of punches on the feet.

Watanabe recovered by scoring a takedown immediately after. After battling past an armbar attempt from Kielholtz, Watanabe took her back for a rear naked choke attempt late in the round.

Kielholtz was deducted a point in the second round after scoring a grounded kick to the head of Watanabe.

Watanabe took her sole pro loss in her prior appearance, suffering a 35-second defeat to Liz Carmouche.

Kielholtz was fighting to come back from an unsuccessful title fight from last year.

Bout 10: Paul Daley (43-18-2) vs. Wendell Giacomo (9-2) (Catchweight 175 lbs)

Daley Retires Following Walk-Off Knockout

Paul Daley walked away from his storied MMA career with a walk-off victory against Wendell Giacomo on Friday night.

Daley escaped a ground position against Giacomo late in the second round to unload with punches. After connecting with a few shots to an off-balance Giacomo, Daley scored with a hard right hook that knocked him out and ended the fight.

Giacomo succeeded earlier in the fight, using his grappling to neutralize Daley.

Daley said that Friday would be his final time competing in MMA. This puts an end to his extensive career, which includes fights in the UFC, Strikeforce, and a long stint in Bellator.

Daley thanked the fans and his family for helping his career following his win.

Giacomo was making his Bellator debut after putting together a two-fight winning streak in 2021.

Bout 9: Luke Trainer (5-0) vs. Simon Biyong (7-2) (Light Heavyweight)

Biyong Ends Undefeated Run of Trainer

Simon Biyong handed Luke Trainer his first pro loss on Friday night, using damaging striking to earn a unanimous decision win (29-27, 28-27 & 29-28).

Biyong caused damage to Trainer in the second and third rounds of the fight with strikes. He notably hurt Trainer with an overhand right in the second round, getting him to the ground. Biyong then went into full mount, where he unloaded with hammerfist strikes.

An exhausted Biyong continued to succeed in the final round, hurting Trainer again with strikes.

Trainer opened the fight with a strong round, getting Biyong to the ground and searching for a rear naked choke.

Biyong now has his first win in the Bellator cage. He lost his promotional debut last year against Christian Edwards.

Trainer had a flawless record of five wins before this weekend, including two wins in Bellator.

Bout 8: Daniel Weichel (41-13) vs. Robert Whiteford (16-4) (Featherweight)

Weichel Catches Whiteford Early With Punches

Veteran Daniel Weichel picked up a quick victory in the final prelim, putting away Robert Whiteford in just over a minute with punches.

Weichel backed Whiteford up with a series of right and left hooks on the feet. A rocked Whiteford then lost his balance and went to the ground, causing the referee to step in and end the fight.

The victory put Weichel back into the win column. His previous performance came in November 2021, when he lost to Pedro Carvalho on scorecards.

Whiteford took a win and a no contest in his previous Bellator appearances.

Bout 7: Kate Jackson (11-5-1) vs. Elina Kallionidou (8-4) (Flyweight)

Kallionidou Finishes Jackson With Ground And Pound

Elina Kallionidou beat former title challenger Kate Jackson on Friday’s prelims, securing a second-round finish win.

Kallionidou was able to finish Jackson with a steady pace of ground and pound shots, landing these strikes until the referee stepped in. This finish came in the very last seconds of the round after she escaped a submission attempt from Jackson.

Kallionidou has now scored two consecutive finish victories in the Bellator cage. Her previous win was a first-round heel hook submission against Petra Castkova.

Jackson is now on a three-fight losing streak since 2019.

Bout 6: Oliver Enkamp (10-3) vs. Mark Lemminger (12-4) (Welterweight)

Enkamp Secures Rare Buggy Choke For Comeback Win

Oliver Enkamp put a sudden end to his fight against Mark Lemminger with a rare buggy choke, ending their battle just seconds into the third round.

Enkamp slipped in the choke just moments after Lemminger landed a takedown early in the third round.

The submission gave Enkamp a sudden victory after struggling in earlier rounds and possibly being down on scorecards. The ground control of Lemminger earned him successful moments in the first and second rounds, attempting submissions in numerous instances.

The victory put Enkamp back into the win column after suffering his first Bellator loss last year, dropping a bout on scorecards against Kyle Crutchmer. His promotional record is now four wins and just one loss.

The defeat on Friday continues Lemminger’s struggles in the promotion. He has now lost four of his last five fights in Bellator.

Bout 5: Alfie Davis (14-4) vs. Tim Wilde (14-4) (Lightweight)

Point Deduction Forces Draw Between Davis And Wilde

Lightweights Alfie Davis and Tim Wilde had to settle for a draw after three rounds of stand-up acton (29-27 Davis, 28-28 & 28-28).

It was an early decision from the referee that ended up causing major implications to the score in the fight.

Wilde suffered a major setback in the opening round, as the referee deducted a point from him for grabbing the cage while resisting a takedown attempt. That round was potentially even on scorecards, as Wilde had the better striking during stand-up exchanges despite the point deduction.

Davis improved in the second and third rounds of the fight, stinging Wilde with the better shots and even landing a knockout at one point.

Wilde entered this weekend on a two-fight winning streak in Bellator. On the other hand, Davis was aiming to come back from a loss.

Bout 4: Andrew Fisher (18-8-1) vs. Attila Korkmaz (12-6) (Featherweight)

Fisher Uses Ground And Pound For Decision Win

Andrew Fisher picked up a decision win on Friday night, defeating Attila Korkmaz on scorecards (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

Fisher picked up the victory with ground and pound work. He took Korkmaz down in both the second and third rounds, using these frames to keep him grounded and land punches.

The closest round was the opening frame. The first round was mostly on the feet, where Korkmaz was able to land sharp strikes on the back foot.

Fisher is now back into the win column after taking a no contest result against Robert Whiteford in his previous appearance.

Korkmaz was making his Bellator debut after a two-fight run in UAE Warriors.

Bout 3: Charlie Ward (9-4) vs. Alan Carlos (13-9) (Middleweight)

Ward Takes Bloody Victory Against Carlos

Charlie Ward had a messy ground and pound win on the prelims, damaging Alan Carlos throughout a three-round fight for a unanimous decision win (30-27, 30-27 & 30-25).

Ward hurt Carlos throughout the second and third rounds, getting him to the canvas and unloading with ground and pound. Punches and elbows caused Carlos to bleed heavily on the canvas throughout the rounds.

By the end of the fight, it was clear that Ward had secured a comfortable win on scorecards.

Ward has now won seven of his eight fights in the Bellator cage.

Carlos was appearing for the first time since 2018, and for the first time in Bellator.

Bout 2: Lee Chadwick (27-15-1) vs. Maciej Rozanski (13-3) (Light Heavyweight)

Rozanski Beats Chadwick In Bellator Debut

Maciej Rozanski won his Bellator debut on Friday night, picking up a unanimous decision victory over veteran Lee Chadwick (29-28, 30-27 & 30-27).

Rozanski used his striking to get an early lead against Chadwick, hurting him in the second minute with a combination of punches. He then continued to remain the more active striker in a clinch-heavy second and third rounds.

Rozanski entered Bellator on a three-fight winning streak from Polish promotion EFM.

Chadwick was riding a two-fight streak of wins within Bellator.

Bout 1: Chiara Penco (6-3) vs. Lanchana Green (4-4-1) (Strawweight)

Penco Earns Decision Victory Over Green

Chiara Penco had another successful Bellator performance to open Friday’s card, defeating Lanchana Green via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 & 30-27).

Penco got the best moments of a fight that was almost entirely on the feet. Green was constantly advancing with strikes, but Penco connected often on the back foot and hurt Green at times.

Penco notably scored a knockdown in the second round, landing a right hand that seated Green down.

The fight was Penco’s third win through four appearances in Bellator. Her previous victory was a quick submission win against Katharina Dalisda.

Green was making her Bellator debut. She is now on a two-fight losing streak.

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