Bellator 281 will see the promotion make its seventh return to London on May 13th. The card will be headlined by Michael Page and Logan Storley, who will compete for the interim welterweight title.
With 14 bouts scheduled to take place, here are all the British fighters set to throw down.
Michael “Venom” Page
“Venom” comes into this interim title clash with a record of 20-1 and on a 6-fight win streak. Originally set to face-off against reigning champion Yaroslav Amosov. However, due to the conflict in Ukraine, Amosov was forced to withdraw.
Now, Page will take on Logan Storley, whose only loss came against Amosov back in 2020. The Bellator veteran will look to set up an undisputed clash with Amosov later this year with a win against Storley. Fans can expect another skilled and exciting performance from “Venom” in front of his home fans.
“The Assassin” comes into this co-main event fight on the back of back-to-back losses to Costello van Steenis and Austin Vanderford. His record currently stands at 9-2, with the Englishman hoping to secure his tenth win against MMA legend Lyoto Machida.
The brother of UFC title challenger Leon, Fabian is a powerful striker with a range of finishes in his arsenal. Machida is winless in three fights, and there’s no doubt Edwards will look to pick up a finish in London.
Kicking off the main card is MMA veteran Paul “Semtex” Daley. Over 40 career wins and nearly 40-years-old, Daley takes on the Russian Andrey Koreshkov. Bellator fans will remember Koreshkov for his fantastic spinning back kick finish over Chance Rencountre.
“Semtex” went 1-1 in 2021 and always brings his explosive energy to every one of his fights. He’ll need to bring it if he’s to slow down this rising Russian.
The undefeated light-heavyweight Luke Trainer comes into his third Bellator bout with a perfect 5-0 professional record. “The Gent” made his debut with the promotion in 2020 and has finished over both of his opening two opponents.
A hard-hitting striker with an excellent ground game, and he’ll need that and more to get past Italy’s Simon Biyong. Originally from Cameroon, Biyong now fights out of Genoa in Italy. A spot headlining the prelims will show how highly Bellator views the rising Luke Trainer.
The proud Scotsman comes into his third Bellator bout unbeaten in five. Whiteford’s last performance resulted in a no-contest due to an unintentional eye poke. Scottish MMA fans may remember “The Hammer” for his three-year stint with the UFC.
The conventional judo fighter will take on Daniel Weichel. The German Bellator veteran comes into this scrap after a recent loss to Pedro Carvalho. Whiteford can make a real statement in London with a win over beefy featherweight Weichel.
Exciting women’s flyweight fighter Kate Jackson will make her first Bellator appearance in two years when she takes on Elina Kallionidou. UFC fans may remember Jackson from season 23 of The Ultimate Fighter.
The 35-year-old has lost her last two bouts but has seen seven of her 11 wins finished. Whilst her opponent will look to pick up her ninth career win and at just 23-years-old the matchmakers will have high expectations for this.
Tim Wilde v Alfie Davis
An all-British scrap between Tim Wilde and Alfie Davis will be one for the fans. Two exciting Englishmen who both carry pro records of 14-4.
Since signing with the promotion, Wilde is 2-1, whilst Davis comes into his sixth Bellator bout 4-1 since signing in 2019. It’s “The Experiment” vs “The Axe”.
Fisher will take on Attila Korkmaz in his first fight since his no-contest against Robert Whiteford. The Northerner has a record of 18-8-1 and has been unbeaten since 2016.
His opponent will make his Bellator debut in London and will now take on the well-rounded Andrew Fisher.
A well-known name in the British MMA scene is none other than Lee Chadwick. “The Butcher” has been with the promotion since 2019 and regularly competes in grappling matches also.
An experienced wrestler with a great deal of power, the light-heavyweight will square off against Maciej Różański. The Pole will also be making his debut in London with an impressive 13-3 record.
Kicking off the night is British debutant Lanchana Green. The 32-year-old is 4-4-1 and has three career finishes and will look to kick off the card in style on May 13th.
Green will take on the Italian Chiara Penco, who has a range of finishes on her résumé. Don’t look past this scrap.
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