Logan Storley understood an intriguing fight would be terrible for him going into his Bellator 281 main event against Michael “Venom” Page for the interim welterweight belt. Storley implemented his gameplan against his dynamic opponent by mainly grinding the action to a halt, gaining a split decision victory.
After three rounds that truly could have gone to either fighter, depending on if you wanted to reward Page for brief moments of striking or Storley for prolonged stretches of dragging his opponent toward the canvas, Page looked to finally have his offense rolling in Round 4, picking apart Storley at range with quick strikes. Still, Storley was able to eat those shots and come back with his own most dominant round in Round 5.
Storley had to figure out how to close the distance on Page, a rangy and unconventional striker with a lot of knockout power, throughout the fight. Storley would grip and hang on to Page whenever he was able to get inside, attempting to drag him to the ground. Storley was rarely able to fully put Page on his back, but his determination on using pure grappling to neutralise Page’s hitting paid off.
After five largely uneventful rounds of action, the fight went to the judges’ scorecards where there was no guarantee which fighter would have his hand raised. Two of the three official judges saw the fight for Storley, handing him the win by scores of 48-47, 47-48, 49-46.
“That guy is unbelievable and I had to do what I had to do,” Storley said after the fight. “Boo me all you want but I’m a world champ.”
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