Bellator 281: OVO Arena; Wembley

With Bellator’s welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov still fighting for Ukraine against Russia; the company decided it was time for an interim strap. And for five-rounds what happened in the cage is hardly a shock. MVP was grounded by Storley.

The 35-year old sniper switched stances and used his distance to back up and pop Storley at the start of every round. And it was those pin-point right hands that stung Storley. Then the SanfordMMA pupil would use his wrestling skills to bring Page to the mat consistently. Which neutralized the sniper’s skills and his seven-and-a-half inch reach advantage. Although, it wasn’t until two-minutes left in the fight that he had him flat in the center of the cage, and not along the fence. The only thing that could be looked at as shocking was Logan Storley didn’t sweep the cards over Michael Page. The cards were 48-47 and 49-46 for Storley with the other going to Page 48-47.

While on the ground however, Storley did no damage despite him controlling Page. Which has always been the albatross around the neck of the Englishman. And post-fight Storley made it clear that booing him was not a problem because nobody just stands with Page.

MVP Grounded By Storley, What’s Next For The Champion

Scott Coker hopes that Amasov returns soon and they can book the rematch between him and Storley. Outside of that there are some options that the new interim champion brought up with Big John McCarthy.

Douglas Lima; who’s struggling right now, on a three-fight losing streak and Jason Jackson were supposed to fight on this card as well. It was pushed back to July 8th at Bellator 283. So it’s possible with no Amasov and waiting for that winner, he’d be parked till the end of the year.

Fighting Jackson would be tough as they are teammates, but Storley did say that “business is business”. Or he could defend the interim strap against another. And in that case the most deserving would be Andrey Koreshkov, who has looked good as of late.

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