Michael Page comes up short against Logan Storley in Bellator 281 interim title bid

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Logan Storley (left) wrestled throughout the main event to claim the interim title at 170lbs (Lucas Noonan/BELLATOR MMA)
Logan Storley (left) wrestled throughout the main event to claim the interim title at 170lbs (Lucas Noonan/BELLATOR MMA)

Michael “Venom”Page came up short in his bid to win the interim welterweight title at Bellator 281 on Friday night, losing a split decision to Logan Storley.

Londoner Page (20-2) was seeking to claim the belt in his hometown after his original opponent – official champion Yaroslav Amosov – withdrew to aid his native Ukraine’s defence against the Russian invasion.

American Storley (14-1) used his wrestling prowess to neutralise Page’s kickboxing approach for much of the main event at Wembley Arena, doing enough to beat the 35-year-old on two of the three judges’ scorecards (49-46, 48-47, 47-48).

“Thanks for having me London,” Storley said after his victory. “Boo me all you want, nobody stands with him.

“I’ve never felt that speed or agility, I saw the big shots coming and I put my head down. They can boo me all they want, I did what I needed to do and now I’m a world champ.”

Earlier in the night, Fabian Edwards – brother of UFC welterweight Leon Edwards – knocked out former UFC champion Lyoto Machida in the first round, and fellow Briton Paul Daley bowed out of mixed martial arts with a knockout of Wendell Giacomo.

Full results

Storley celebrates his split-decision victory over Page in London (Lucas Noonan/BELLATOR MMA)
Storley celebrates his split-decision victory over Page in London (Lucas Noonan/BELLATOR MMA)

Logan Storley def. Michael Page via split decision (49-46, 48-47, 47-48)

Fabian Edwards def. Lyoto Machida via first-round KO (punches, 3:18)

Kana Watanabe def. Denise Kielholtz via second-round submission (triangle, 3:03)

Paul Daley def. Wendell Giacomo via second-round KO (punches, 4:09)

Simon Biyong def. Luke Trainer via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 28-27)

Daniel Weichel def. Robert Whiteford via first-round TKO (punches, 1:12)

Elina Kallionidou def. Kate Jackson via second-round TKO (strikes, 4:43)

Oliver Enkamp def. Mark Lemminger via third-round submission (buggy choke, 0:35)

Alfie Davis and Tim Wilde fought to majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

Andrew Fisher def. Attila Korkmaz via unanimous decision (29-28. 29-28, 29-28)

Charlie Ward def. Alan Carlos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)

Maciej Rozanski def. Lee Chadwick via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Chiara Penco def. Lanchana Green via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)