Bellator 281 is set to go down TODAY (Fri., May 13, 2022) live from inside OVO Arena Wembley in London, England, featuring an interim Welterweight title fight between Michael Page and Logan Storley. Also on the card, Lyoto Machida battles Fabian Edwards, while Paul Daley takes on Wendell Giacomo in his retirement fight.
Bellator 281’s “Prelims” undercard will air on Showtime at 1 p.m. ET, with main card action beginning at 4 p.m. ET. MMAmania.com will deliver results for the full card and comprehensive play-by-play for the televised portion of Bellator 281 below.
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BELLATOR 281 QUICK RESULTS:
170 lbs.: Michael Page vs Logan Storley – Storley via split-decision (HIGHLIGHTS)
185 lbs.: Lyoto Machida vs Fabian Edwards – Edwards via first-round knockout (HIGHLIGHTS)
125 lbs.: Denise Kielholtz vs. Kana Watanabe – Watanabe via second-round submission (triangle)
170 lbs.: Paul Daley vs Wendell Giacomo – Daley via second-round knockout (HIGHLIGHTS)
205 lbs.: Luke Trainer vs. Simon Biyong – Biyong via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Daniel Weichel vs. Robert Whiteford – Weichel via first-round knockout
125 lbs.: Kate Jackson vs. Elina Kallionidou – Kallionidou via second-round TKO
170 lbs.: Oliver Enkamp vs. Mark Lemminger – Enkamp via third-round submission (triangle choke)
155 lbs.: Alfie Davis vs. Tim Wilde – Fight score a majority draw
145 lbs.: Andrew Fisher vs. Attila Korkmaz – Fisher via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Charlie Ward vs. Alan Carlos – Ward via unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Lee Chadwick vs. Maciej Rozanski – Rozanski via unanimous decision
115 lbs.: Chiara Penco vs. Lanchana Green – Penco via unanimous decision
BELLATOR 281 PLAY-BY-PLAY
Michael Page vs. Logan Storley
Round 1: Quick jab from Page, who is coming out aggressive. A lot of movement from Page early on. Storley goes in for the takedown and Page is defending well. Storley is relentless and he gets it. Page tries to get up but Storley drags him back down. Page still trying to get up but Storley has his legs wrapped up pretty good. The crowd is starting to boo. Page still working, while smiling. Page gets up to his feet but Storley has his back. Knees to the thighs are scoring points for Storley. Storley once again drags Page down to the ground. Page isn’t taking damage, but he is losing this round for sure. Page popping off some shots to Storley’s ribs. Storley isn’t letting Page breathe here as he secures the opening round. 10-9 Storley
Round 2: Page stalking, a lot of movement. Light on his feet as he tags Storely with a big right hand. Storley shoots in for the takedown and he whiffs. Nice jab from Page, and another. Uppercut lands for Page and Storley returns fire. Page is quick to evade and is back to the center of the cage. Storley shoots for another takedown and he gets a hold of Page’s leg. He pushes him up against the fence and the crowd starts to boo. Storley gets the takedown. Page working his way back to his feet. Page up to one knee and Storely whips him around and puts him back on his butt. Page works his way to the back of the cage. The referee tells Storley to stay busy. Page has no answer for Storley’s wrestling or his ground game. Storley mounts and lands a huge elbow to end the round. 10-9 Storley
Round 3: Page comes out swinging but doesn’t connect. Left hook lands for Page. Flying knee connects for Page. Page dives in and lands a huge elbow out of nowhere, lightning-quick. Page looking for an opening. Storley waiting for his chance to shoot. Page clips Storley with an overight hand, it lands but Storely manages to get the takedown. Storley with a good grip on Page, who is back up to one knee. Storley driving those knees deep into Page’s thighs. The referee, again, warns Storley to stay busy. Storley is super strong here, this has to be exhausting for both men. Page gets to his feet but Storley drags him back down. Boo-birds are starting to rain down a bit more. Page can’t break free and he is about to go down three rounds to none. 10-9 Storley
Round 4: Page needs a knockout. Right hand lands for Page and it may have rocked Storley a bit. Page starting to put his combinations well together. He’s starting to showboat a bit, acting like he’s dribbling a basketball…but he’s losing. Left hook lands for Page. Page is smiling, he is starting to get loose here. Overhand right lands for Page. A lot of feints but not a lot of action from either man. Low kick from Storley, who has yet to attempt a takedown here. Left hand lands for Page and Storley quickly shoots for the takedown. Action up against the fence and Storley gets the takedown with one minute left in the round. Storley did end the round in top position, but “MVP” stole this round with early action. 10-9 Page
Round 5: Flying knee for Page to start things off and it backfires because Storley gets a quick takedown. The Page has been trying to work from his back. Storley isn’t doing much once he gets the takedowns. At this point, Storley is content with holding on, and there is no telling if it will win him the fight but the takedowns should be enough. Page gets back up to his feet and Storley slams him down to the canvas one more time. Page needs to get up here and start swinging for the fences if he wants a chance at stealing this fight. Storley is now in Page’s guard with one minute remaining in the fight. Side control now for Storley. Back to half guard for Storley. Storley starting to land some shots from top control as the round comes to an end. 10-9 Storley
Final result: Storley def. Page via split decision
Lyoto Machida vs. Fabian Edwards
Round 1: Both men looking for an opening, looking to counter. Edwards with an inside leg kick. Kick to the thig from Machida, Edwards counters with a right hand. Edwards blitzes Machida and pushes him up against the fence. Machida reverses position, and now Edwards reverses it back. Footstomps. Machida looking for the underhooks to get a better position. Edwards tags Machida with a huge standing elbow and he rocks him. Edwards goes in for the kill and Machida is in danger. Another big shot from Edwards and Machida is out! WOW!
Final result: Edwards def. Machida via first-round knockout
Denise Kielholtz vs. Kana Watanabe
Round 1: Kieholtz comes in and stuns Watanabe with a right hand from the jump. Watanabe grabs a hold of Kielholtz and drags her to the ground. Smart move because she was on wobbly legs. Kielholtz looking for an armbar. Watanabe now in gaurd. Watanabe now takes Kielhotlz’s back. Looking for a rear-naked choke. There was not a ton of action in this round but Watanabe gets it for controlling the pace. 10-9 Watanabe
Round 2: Watanabe goes in and lands the early takedown. Kielholtz reverses quickly and is now in top position. Hammerfists from Kielholtz. Pause in action because Kielholtz kicked Watanabe to the face when they were both on the ground. The ref takes a point from Kielholtz. Watanabe gets the same position and now has Kielholtz’s back. She is looking for a rear-naked choke. Kielholtz escapes but she is now in a tangle choke. Not a good position and a great transition for Watanabe. Kielholtz is in trouble and she taps! WOW!. Impressive performance from Watanabe.
Final result: Watanabe def. Kielholtz via second-round submission (triangle choke)
Paul “Semtex” Daley vs. Wendell Giacomo
Round 1: Stiff jab from Daley. Giacomo wraps him up and pushes him up against the fence. Giacomo trying hard for the takedown, Daley defending well so far. Giacomo gets the takedown but Daley pops back up to his feet. Giacomo hangs on and drags him back down. Giacomo looking for a rear-naked choke and Daley escapes. Giacomo is now in mount, side control. Daley gets back to his feet but Giacomo drags him back down rather easily. Daley somehow reverses position and he is now in Giacomo’s guard. Daley drops a huge bomb and Giacomo is now looking for a leg lock. Daley trying to escape and Giacomo has a heel hook. Stalemate at the moment. 10-9 Giacomo
Round 2: Jab from Giacomo. Right hook lands for Daley, and eats a leg kick to the shin. Dale lands an overhand right and then a flying knee. Giacomo again goes for the takedown and he gets it. Smart move, Daley was starting to get some rhythm on the feet. Giacomo landing some shots to the side of the head, nothing major but scoring points. Daley trying to grab the wrists and stand up. Giacomo draped all over Daley’s back. Daley simply can not get up. Not the most exciting, but a smart gameplan by Giacomo. Giacomo looking for a rear-naked choke and Daley reverses position and is now in guard. Nice elbow for Daley and a huge left hand rocks Giacomo. Giacomo stands up and Daley lands a huge right hand that knocks Giacomo clean out!!!! What a knockout!
Final result: Daley def. Giacomo via second-round knockout
Luke Trainer vs. Simon Biyong
Round 1: Biyong lands a stiff jab. Right hand from Biyong, who pushes trainer up against the cage. Trainer bleeding from his nose already. Biyong gets the takedown and is in half guard. Struggle for position on the ground. Biyong driving some hard shots to Trainer’s ribs. Wrist control now for Trainer. Biyong keeping him down for now. Trainer manages to get back to his feet and he now takes down Biyong and he takes his back! Trainer looking to flatten out Biyong. Trainer is blasting away with shots to the side of the head. He sinks in a rear-naked choke. Biyong defending well and is now eating more shots. Trainer goes back to the rear-naked choke. He lets it go. Trainer goes back to it one more time and Biyong is defending well. Trainer isn’t giving it up as time runs out. 10-9 Trainer
Round 2: They meet in the center of the cage. By the way, these two men are giants standing at 6’6. Biyong clips Trainer with a huge right hand. Biyong swarms in and starts unloading hammer fists but Trainer is defending well. Biyong mounts Trainer and he is in trouble. Biyong dropping wild hammer fists. Trainer is firing off some shots from the bottom as well. Biyong looks like he gassed himself out a bit. Nice elbow from Biyong and Trainer is bleeding bad. Biyong taking a breather, and still has top-mounted position. Trainer gives up his bak and Biyong is looking for the rear-naked choke. Trainer escapes and he is now in Biyong’s guard. Nice elbow from Trainer. Biyong now reverses position and he is back in mount. Great transitions from both men. Biyong starting to unload some shots as he gets into Trainer’s guard. Biyong stands up and kicks the legs. Swings Trainer’s legs to the side and is now in side control. 10-9 Biyong
Round 3: Both men are very tired after an insane second round. Action has slowed a bit here in the final round. Lazy high kick from Trainer catches air. Trainer whiffs on a right hand. Jab from Biyong. Trainer is spent, and all of his shots are slow. Biyong goes in and lands a left hand and drops Trainer. Hammer fists from guard. Great position for Biyong. Biyolanding shots from the top and Trainer isn’t doing much of anything here. Biyong will steal this round and the fight if Trainer can’t get up. Trainer gets up, on cue. it was a slow round for both men but Biyong gets it. 10-9 Biyong
Final result: Biyong def. Trainer via unanimous decision
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