With Yaroslav Amosov battling to protect his country, Bellator will move to create an interim title.
Amosov, the reigning welterweight champion, is defending his home country of Ukraine from attacks by Russia. The promotion has signed Michael Page vs. Logan Storley to crown an interim champion.
Page and Storley will headline Bellator 281 on Friday, May 13 from London. The card airs live on Showtime.
“Like the rest of the world, we’ve been shocked by the tragic events in Ukraine and the thoughts of everyone at Bellator MMA are with Yaroslav and all the Ukrainian people during this time,” said Bellator MMA President Scott Coker. “We wish he and his family the best and look forward to seeing him return safely to happier times, both inside and out of the Bellator cage.”
Along with Page vs. Storley, Douglas Lima meets Jason Jackson and Lyoto Machida battles Fabian Edwards.
Rounding out the main card will be Denise Kielholtz vs. Kana Watanabe and Paul Daley vs. Andrey Koreshkov.
UPDATED BELLATOR 281: MVP VS. STORLEY MAIN CARD:
SHOWTIME (U.S.) / BBC Three & BBC iPlayer (U.K.) / Virgin Media Two & Virgin Media Sport (IRELAND)
Welterweight Interim World Title Main Event: #1-Michael Page (20-1) vs. #4-Logan Storley (13-1)
Welterweight Bout #2-Douglas Lima (32-10) vs. #3-Jason Jackson (15-4)
Middleweight Bout: #6-Lyoto Machida (26-11) vs #4-Fabian Edwards (9-2)
Women’s Flyweight Bout: #3-Denise Kielholtz (6-3) vs. #4-Kana Watanabe (10-1-1)
Welterweight Bout: #8-Paul Daley (43-18-2) vs #6-Andrey Koreshkov (25-4)
UPDATED BELLATOR 281: MVP VS. STORLEY PRELIMINARY CARD:
BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel | SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel | Pluto TV (US)
BBC iPlayer (UK)
Friday, May 13, 5:30 p.m. GMT/12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT
Light Heavyweight Bout: Luke Trainer (5-0) vs. Simon Biyong (7-2)
Featherweight Bout: #8-Daniel Weichel (41-13) vs. Robert Whiteford (16-4)
Welterweight Bout: Oliver Enkamp (10-3) vs Mark Lemminger (12-4)
Flyweight Bout: Kate Jackson (11-5-1) vs. Elina Kallionidou (8-4)
Lightweight Bout:Alfie Davis (14-4) vs. Tim Wilde (14-4)
Featherweight Bout: Andrew Fisher (18-8-1) vs Attila Korkmaz (12-6)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Lee Chadwick (27-15-1) vs Maciej Rozanski (13-3)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Arunas Andriuskevicus (15-5) vs David Trallero (8-5)
Women’s Strawweight Bout: Chiara Penco (6-3) vs Lanchana Green (4-4-1)