Bellator stays in Europe this week for a card in London after a week in Paris.
Bellator 281 takes place Friday at OVO Arena Wembley in London. The main card airs on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.
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In the main event, the interim welterweight title is on the line when London’s own Michael Page (20-1 MMA, 16-1 BMMA) meets Logan Storley (13-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA). Storley is a -260 favorite at Tipico Sportsbook; the comeback on Page is +195. It’s a close call with our 11 of our editors, writers, radio hosts and videographers, but they have hometown fan favorite Page with a 6-5 picks lead despite the odds.
In the co-feature, Fabian Edwards (9-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) takes on former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (26-11 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) in a middleweight bout. Edwards is a -175 favorite at the betting window, but it’s Machida with a 7-4 edge in the picks from our staff members.
Also on the main card, Denise Kielholtz (6-3 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) takes on Kana Watanabe (10-1-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) n a women’s flyweight bout. Kileholtz is a big favorite at -280, but she has just a slim 6-5 lead in the picks.
England’s Paul Daley (23-18-2 MMA, 9-5 BMMA) will fight for what he says is the last time in his MMA career when he takes on Wendell Giacomo (9-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a 175-pound contract weight fight. Daley is the biggest favorite on the main card at -350 and one of our two unanimous picks.
And to open the main card, we have our second unanimous pick: -340 favorite Luke Trainer (5-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) is an 11-0 pick against Simon Biyong (7-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) in their light heavyweight bout.
In the MMA Junkie reader consensus picks, Page (63 percent), Machida (57 percent), Watanabe (55 percent), Daley (86 percent) and Trainer (77 percent) are the choices.
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