Who’s next for Logan Storley after his shock win over Michael "Venom" Page?

Logan Storley captured the interim welterweight title at Bellator 281 this past Friday, beating hometown hero, Michael “Venom” Page by split decision in the main event at London’s Wembley Arena.

With a division full of contenders and a range of options for Storley to make the first defence of his interim title against, Planet Sport's Kieran Cobley looks at who could be next for the interim champ.

Michael "Venom" Page

This looks to be the most sensible option for Storley's first defence of the interim 170lbs title.

In his post show press conference, Bellator president Scott Coker felt MVP had won the fight based on Page's striking and the fact Storley hadn't looked to finish the fight when he got the fight to the floor.

When quizzed about a possible rematch, Storley was dismissive and revealed he wanted some time out of the cage before thinking about his next fight so he can spend time with family.

With the first fight happening in London, a rematch would likely be held over in the States if there is demand for it.

Yaroslav Amosov

Yaroslav Amosov was originally meant to headline Bellator 281 opposite Page with a defence of his welterweight title.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the champion made the brave decision to stay at home and defend his country rather than focus on his fighting career - creating the need for an interim champion and in doing so, it gave Storley his opportunity to win gold.

Amosov and Storley previously fought in 2020, with the undefeated Amasov edging a split decision.

With the uncertainty of how long the invasion of Ukraine will last and how long Amosov will need after the conflict ends before he steps back in the cage, a title unification bout between the two is perhaps the most unlikely option for Storley but one that will eventually have to happen.

Paul Daley

Is Daley retired? Yes. Is he open to a return for "ridiculous money"? Yes.

In his post fight press conference at Bellator 281, Daley was very open to a return to the cage as long as he was presented a fight that interested him and a large amount of cash.

While the MVP rematch would probably be the best carrot to dangle in front of "Semtex" to lure him back into the cage, a chance to win a title belt would surely be another option that the Nottingham based fighter would be open too.

Marketing wise, there is a lot to unpack here. Daley gets to "end" his career again but this time has the option to capture a belt.

Should he win, that gives Bellator the perfect opportunity to run back Page vs Daley in London, after their first fight was held in Connecticut in 2019, despite being the biggest all British MMA fight that could be held at the time.

Daley is a legend of MMA and with four wins in five fights, he deserves one last crack at a belt.

Jason Jackson

This one has marketing gold all over it with Jason Jackson and Storley being teammates at Sanford MMA.

In the history of MMA, team-mates taking on current or ex-team-mates always throw up some great rivalries that get fans interested in the bout with the latest example being Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal.

Credential wise, Jackson is on a five-fight win streak with wins over former UFC champion Benson Henderson, Neiman Gracie and Paul Daley in his last three outings.

Whether the two could remain friends while fighting for a belt is yet to be seen and whether the coaching staff at Sanford would let this happen is another obstacle that should be looked at.

Douglas Lima

While he might be on a three-fight skid, Douglas Lima should still be in the title welterweight title picture.

Lima's losses have been against top quality opponents and have been close bouts, with a decision loss to Gegard Mousasi at middleweight, a decision loss to Amosov where he lost the title and a contentious split decision loss to Page in London last year.

Lima is one of the best finishers Bellator has, with 14 knockouts and 12 submissions on his record, and the Brazilian is rumoured to be taking on Jason Jackson later this year.

Should the Jackson bout happen, that could serve as a title eliminator for the interim belt, with the winner taking on Storley while the loser keeps a spot in the top five in the rankings.

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