Friday, May 27

Storley handles Venom Page to win title at Bellator 281

Michael Venom Page was unable to capture the Bellator welterweight title on a night when Fabian Edwards and Paul Daley walked away with the victories.

Page was defeated by split decision 48-47, 47-48 and 49-46 by American Logan Storley for the Bellator interim welterweight title after five frustrating rounds.

Meanwhile, British pair Daley, 39, and Edwards, 29, celebrated impressive stoppage victories inside Wembley Arena.

But the top MVP was edged out on points by fighter Storley, who had replaced full champion Yaroslav Amosov, who is still in Ukraine.

The first three rounds were almost carbon copies, as Page would start well, connecting clean punches but spending the final half of the five minutes on the ground.

His most convincing round was the fourth, having scored with flurries of strikes while keeping the action long.

But in the final round, Storley, 29, was able to take Page, 35, down and keep him there, controlling the fight until the final bell.

The judges favored the visitor’s grappling despite inflicting little damage, as opposed to Page’s sporadic but flashy combinations.

Daley knocked out

Earlier in the night, Daley, fighting for the last time in his 64-fight career that spanned more than 19 years, received a hero’s welcome.

But late replacement opponent Wendell Giacamo, 27, threatened to spoil the party after dominating the first two rounds.

That was until the pair traded blow for blow against the cage and Daley produced a classic KO.

When a left hook missed its mark, his follow-up right landed right on the button and knocked Giacamo out for the count.

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It gave an emotional Daley the perfect send-off in the place where he began and ultimately ended his career.

Lyoto Machida knocked out

In the main support, Birmingham’s Edwards picked up the biggest win of his career by knocking out former UFC champion Lyoto Machida.

Edwards sent the Brazilian legend reeling backwards after an elbow before a left hook knocked the 43-year-old Machida down.

Ruthless ground and pound then finished the job and gave the British middleweight contender his biggest win to date.

Edwards was joined at the top of the Bellator cage by his brother, UFC welterweight contender Leon.


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