Bellator 281: MVP vs. Storley Preview

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 currently has a red-hot undefeated star as their welterweight champion. Yaroslav Amosov boasts an impressive flawless 26-fight record, including a win over Douglas Lima in 2021. However, the Ukrainian has been forced out of action recently, as he remains in his home country amid Russia’s invasion.

While Amosov can’t compete currently, the Bellator middleweight division will continue to move. Amosov retains his status as champion, but an interim titleholder will be crowned on Friday night when the promotion heads to the SSE Arena in London, England.

In the headlining bout of the card, Michael Page and Logan Storley will compete to earn the vacant belt.

Here’s a preview of the show.

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

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

Strawweights will kick off the evening, as Chiara Penco and Lanchana Green will face off.

Penco has picked up two wins in Bellator through three appearances. Her last victory was a quick win, submitting Katharina Dalisda early via armbar.

Green will be making her Bellator debut on Friday night. She’s coming off a loss from last year, dropping a decision to Josefine Lindgren Knutsson on a regional card.

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

Bellator veteran Lee Chadwick will return to face Maciej Rozanski on Friday’s prelims.

Chadwick has picked up two consecutive wins in the Bellator cage. His last victory came in November 2021, when he scored a tight split decision over Arunas Andriuskevicus.

Rozanski is entering Bellator on a strong three-fight winning streak that he earned in Polish MMA promotion EFM.

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

Charlie Ward will look for his third straight Bellator win on Friday when he meets Alan Carlos.

Ward has fought with Bellator since 2017. Training out of the notable SBG Ireland gym, Ward has picked up six wins through seven appearances in the promotion. His last fight saw him defeat Andy Manzolo on scorecards more than a year ago.

Carlos is making his return to action this weekend. He last fought all the way in 2018 on a Cage Warriors card.

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

Featherweights Andre Fisher and Attila Korkmaz will meet in the next fight.

Fisher won his UFC debut in 2020, defeating Ashleigh Grimshaw via decision. He is returning after having an unsatisfying result in his last performance, as an unintentional eye poke caused his fight against Robert Whiteford to end in a no contest last year.

Korkmaz will be appearing in Bellator for the first time. He had a two-fight stint at UAE Warriors last year, where he picked up a win and a loss respectively.

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

In an all-English matchup, Alfie Davis and Tim Wilde will compete.

Davis had a four-fight winning streak in Bellator broken last year, suffering a decision defeat against Alexander Shabliy.

Wilde has scored two consecutive wins in recent years. His last win saw him defeat Yves Landu via unanimous decision in October 2021.

Bout 6: Kate Jackson (11-5-1) vs. Elina Kallionidou (8-4) (Flyweight)

Former title challenger Kate Jackson will return on Friday against Elina Kallionidou.

Jackson’s last fight came in the main event of a Bellator card in 2020. She suffered a 43-second loss to Denise Kielholtz in that bout, setting Kielholtz up for a title fight the next year.

Jackson notably challenged Ilima-Lei Macfarlane for the Bellator Flyweight Championship in 2019, going five rounds against her before losing a decision. She’ll be fighting to snap a two-fight skid on Friday night.

Kallionidou broke a losing streak of her own last year, catching Petra Castkova early with a heel hook for a win. She’ll attempt to ride that momentum this weekend.

Bout 7: Oliver Enkamp (10-3) vs. Mark Lemminger (12-4) (Welterweight)

Welterweights Oliver Enkamp and Mark Lemminger will look to get back to their winning ways on Friday’s prelims.

Lemminger has struggled since joining Bellator in 2020. His promotional record currently sits at two wins through five fights. His last performance was a quick loss, getting stopped in the first round with punches from Neiman Gracie.

Enkamp put together a solid trio of first-round submission wins from 2019 to 2020. However, that momentum was stopped last year when Kyle Crutchmer beat him on scorecards.

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

The prelims will wrap up with a featherweight bout between veteran Daniel Weichel and Robert Whiteford.

Weichel has won two-thirds of his Bellator fights since joining the promotion back in 2014. However, he has certainly struggled more so in recent years. The experienced fighter has lost three of his past five fights, including a decision he took against Pedro Carvalho last year.

Earlier that year he handed Keoni Diggs his first pro loss in a split decision outcome.

Whiteford will attempt to keep his Bellator record undefeated on Friday. The former UFC fighter won his promotional debut in 2019, earning a finish victory against Sam Sicilia. His second fight, which was last year against Andrew Fisher, ended in a no contest.

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

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

Undefeated light heavyweight Luke Trainer will search for his third Bellator victory this weekend, facing Simon Biyong in the first bout of the main card.

Trainer has scored five wins since turning pro in 2019. Two of those wins have taken place in Bellator since 2020, with both ending via finish. His last win, in particular, saw him score a second-round finish against Yannick Bahati.

Biyong lost his Bellator debut last year, suffering a decision loss against prospect Christian Edwards.

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

Veteran Paul Daley will make his final appearance in a cage this weekend, facing Wendell Giacomo.

Daley is an incredibly experienced pro, having fought for nearly two decades. His career includes appearances in the UFC, Strikeforce, and Cage Warriors. He has most notably fought on the Bellator roster since 2015, earning nine wins through 14 appearances in that time.

Daley had a three-fight winning streak snapped in his last fight, losing on scorecards against Jason Jackson. He’ll look to get back to the win column before he retires this weekend.

Giacomo will be making his Bellator debut on Friday’s card. He has picked up nine wins and two losses on the Brazilian regional scene, including a victory on an LFA card last year.

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

Fighting to come back from her first pro loss, Kana Watanabe will face Denise Kielholtz on Friday’s main card.

Watanabe’s first pro loss came from a quick fight last year, suffering a 35-second finish defeat against Liz Carmouche. Following that fight, Carmouche went on to earn the Bellator Flyweight Championship.

Prior to that loss, Watanabe had 10 wins as a pro. This included two victories in Bellator from 2019 to 2021.

Kielholtz is appearing for the first time since losing a title fight last year. She went five rounds against Juliana Velasquez in July 2021, settling with a split decision loss after five rounds. Before then, she had four straight victories in the promotion.

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

Veteran Lyoto Machida will return to action in Friday’s co-main event, facing Fabian Edwards in a middleweight bout.

Machida will be hunting to break a losing streak that has slowly built up during his Bellator run. He took his third consecutive defeat last year, losing to Ryan Bader as part of the promotion’s eight-man light heavyweight grand prix.

Edwards will be fighting for his first victory since 2019. He has taken a couple of losses in recent years against prospects in the weight class. His last appearance came against then-undefeated Austin Vanderford, who beat him via unanimous decision.

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

High-ranked welterweights Michael Page and Logan Storley will be fighting to become the Interim Bellator Welterweight Champion in Friday’s main event. This fight was made since regular champion Yaroslav Amosov is not able currently to compete due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Page was originally scheduled to face Amosov but was given Storley instead because of these circumstances. The flashy welterweight has been on a roll in recent years, dominating most fights in the Bellator cage. His last fight was his biggest win, as he avenged a loss against Douglas Lima with a split decision victory last year.

For Storley, the fight possibly offers him a second chance to face Amosov in the future. He fought Amosov in 2020, losing to the undefeated contender before he earned a belt in Bellator. If he can become interim champion on Friday night, a rematch between those two fighters could be made in the future.

Storley has put together some wins since that loss, putting him into the title conversation. He most notably went five rounds against Neiman Gracie earlier this year to win a unanimous decision.

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