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Bellator 281 Betting Preview

by Ike Feldman
Updated On: May 11, 2022, 11:52 am ET

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-325 Logan Storley (13-1: 8 KOs) vs. +230 Michael Page (20-1: 12 KOs, 3 SUBs)

One of those old school MMA style vs. style fights fills the bill as Bellator’s main event this Friday in London, England. Michael Page, a UK native, is an absolute stunner when it comes to striking. He is the owner of some of the most elusive point-fighting karate in the sport. The twist is that he’s combined his touch and go style with his boxing to assemble one of the most insane highlight reels. He plays a dangerous game with his opponents. Page leaves his hands completely down and relies on his footwork for defense. His opponent, Logan Storley, has an extensive wrestling background that is tightening up with each passing test. Each fighter's strategy is simple: keep the fight in their comfort zone. Page is an underdog here, but I really like him to rise to the occasion and get his hand raised.

Selection: Page wins via Decision 

 

-150 Fabian Edwards (9-2: 3 KOs, 3 SUBs) vs. +112 Lyoto Machida (26-11: 11 KOs, 2 SUBs)

Machida and Edwards’ are both on extended losing streaks looking to get off the snide or they’ll be looking for work elsewhere. Though the Brazilian native and former UFC champion (2009) looked good in his entrance into Bellator, Machida has fallen into a rut (albeit to excellent competition). His gameplan has always been to try to outpoint and outwit opponents with his counter karate style. For Edwards as well as his brother Leon (#1 UFC welterweight contender), he is a talented UK native that has been inconsistent. This is the biggest fight of his young career, but I like Edwards to threaten with powerful strikes and to be more willing to take chances than his veteran counterpart resulting in a TKO/KO. 

Selection: Edwards win via 1st-Round Knockout 

 

-250 Denise Kielholtz (6-3: 2 KOs, 3 SUBs) vs. +180 Kana Watanabe (10-1-1: 3 KOs, 3 SUBs)

These two women have major fighting experience as their only losses in the last four years were to the No. 1 and No. 2 females in the division. For Denise Kielholtz, she has taken the very rare route of perfecting one martial arts discipline at a time; first judo and then kickboxing before fully transitioning to MMA. Also, she has been a blue chip prospect for Bellator and after climbing the ladder four years prior, she lost to the tough and talented Juliana Velasquez in a five-round title fight. Watanabe has a strong Judo background as well, but unlike Kielholtz, she is very limited in the kickboxing department. I got the Netherlands native fighter, Denise Kielholtz, to be dominant in the striking exchanges and counter the grappling positions when needed.

Selection: Kielholtz wins via Decision 

 

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-325 Paul Daley (42-18-2: 34 KOs) vs. +230 Wendell Giacomo (9-2: 4 KOs, 2 SUBs)

Owner of one of the biggest left hands in all of MMA, Paul Daley, another UK native, will be stepping into the cage to compete for a miraculous 64th time in his professional career. Daley will be facing Wendall Giacomo, a fighter who does not shy away from high-paced scraps. In Giacomo’s only two career losses he was submitted. Perfect for him though, his opponent, Paul Daley, has zero submissions on his record. This fight will be a battle on the feet with two guys willing to throw heavy hands with supreme confidence in their ability to take damage. Giacomo has never been knocked out and Daley hasn’t lost via KO since April of 2011. In this shootout I’m going with the vet to score points, conserve his gas tank and get the W.

Selection: Daley wins via Decision 

 

 -300 Luke Trainer (5-0: 3 KOs, 2 SUBs) vs. +210 Simon Biyong (7-2: 6 KOs)

This is the battle of the power towers here as both Trainer and Biyong stand at 6-foot-6-inches tall. Trainer will be walking into the cage with a 100% finish rate since turning pro. The Englishman moves well for his size, he is very active and when he has space to work he can really do wonders in the stand-up with his clean kickboxing. On the other side, Biyong, a man who moved from Cameroon to Italy, is still very green in terms of his MMA experience, but his potential is as big as his frame. While Biyong has shown enthusiasm towards growth and improvement, I give Trainer the nod in this one because of his experience and for being the more polished fighter at this point. 

Selection: Trainer wins via Decision

 

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Ike Feldman

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