Bellator 281 Michael ‘Venom’ Page v Logan Storley: how to watch on UK TV, live stream, undercard
Michael ‘Venom’ Page will be bidding to get his hands on the Interim Welterweight Title at Wembley Arena this evening.
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 Giácomo in his retirement fight.
Bellator 280’s “Prelims” undercard will air on Showtime at 12:30 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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Two homegrown stars have reached the mountaintop of Bellator's welterweight division. Michael "Venom" Page and Logan Storley have each spent the majority of their career in the promotion. Their commitment to the craft conjures an interim welterweight championship match at Bellator 281 in Page's backyard of London, England.
A pinpoint accurate and dynamic knockout artist, "MVP" has been criticized for fighting a relatively low level of competition. Page (20-1) has a number of experienced opponents and UFC veterans on his record and, more recently, has found success against ranked Bellator opposition. Page, in his last fight, avenged his only career loss to former champion Douglas Lima, earning a split decision in London and a title shot against reigning champion Yaroslav Amosov. Unfortunately, Amosov pulled out of the fight as the Ukrainian fighter continues to serve his country in the war with Russia. The downgrade from undisputed champion to interim champion has had no effect on Page's morale heading into Bellator 281.
"100% still complete excitement. I've been saying it to people, but I still see myself as the champion at the end of it," Page told CBS Sports. "The only difference is there is one person that when he comes, he's first in line and he gets to jump the queue to fight the champion. That's it. Outside of that, I just enjoy competing. I enjoy being on stage and being in front of a crowd. I enjoy the energy that they give me. There is so much that I enjoy about this. There is nothing that can take away from this moment.
Michael ‘Venom’ Page will be hoping to secure a huge victory on home soil this weekend as he faces Logan Storley in London for the interim Bellator welterweight championship in the main event of Bellator 281.
The 35-year-old, renowned for his eye-catching kickboxing style and flamboyant ring-walks, will be eager to win a career-first world title.
Page heads into the bout off the back of a six-fight winning streak, and could set up a trilogy fight with former welterweight champion Douglas Lima if he extends that run to seven contests.
His American opponent, Storley, has won four of his last five heading into Friday’s clash.
Here’s everything you need to know about Bellator 281, and how to watch along at home...
Bellator 281 viewing information
Date: May 13 | Start time: 4 p.m. ET Location: SSE Arena -- London Stream: Showtime
Michael Page vs. Logan Storley: Candidly, this is a tough fight to predict. Page and Storley each have such vast advantages in their preferred arts that it may boil down to who has the greater deficiencies in their opponent's area of expertise. MVP has a serious six-inch height and 8.5-inch reach advantage that greatly benefits his rangy striking game. Conversely, Storley's lower center of gravity invites single leg and double leg takedowns if he can get on the inside. It has been three years since Page was outwrestled by Paul Daley, so we will somewhat excuse that performance. The multiple takedowns scored by Lima last year are more troubling. MVP would do well to stay away from wild kicks that could leave him off balance or at an inopportune angle. He has the head movement and distance management to stick with his hands down style and that will help him fish for under hooks and push away a Storley who must get in close. Storley and Gracie lit each other up for 25 minutes. That is not a game that will prove fruitful against MVP. Storley must find a way to crowd Page immediately, either against the fence or with takedowns. Storley's near-blunder against Schiro inspires some hesitancy. It takes just one takedown to completely change a fight's setting. Let's side with Storley this time. Pick: Storley via UD