Storley Tops 'MVP,' Wins Interim Welterweight Title
LONDON -- Logan Storley claimed the interim Bellator Welterweight title in London on Friday with a split-decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) victory over Michael "Venom" Page at the OVO Arena Wembley. Page was looking to become just the third-ever British fighter to become a world champion in MMA, following Michael Bisping (UFC Middleweight champion in 2016) and Liam McGeary (Bellator Light Heavyweight champion in 2015), but failed to get the job done at Bellator 281 in arguably the biggest night of his career. Page, whose nickname is "MVP," was originally scheduled to face Yaroslov Amosov, who had to withdraw due to his active service in Ukraine following Russia's invasion in February. Storley stepped in with eight weeks to prepare for the fight. Storely tapped into his four-time NCAA All-American wrestling pedigree as he tussled with Page for much of an uneventful opening round, a theme for the fight as the American repeatedly aimed to bring the fight to the mat.