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Bellator MMA Fighter Rankings: Logan Storley enters pound-for-pound list with controversial win

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It may not have been pretty — or without some controversy — but Logan Storley is the new Bellator interim welterweight champion. Storley defeated Michael “Venom” Page in the main event of Bellator 281 this past weekend to claim the interim belt that was created when the invasion of Ukraine sidelined division champ Yaroslav Amosov.

Storley did little offensively through the bout with Page, instead choosing to neutralize the dynamic striker through clinches and takedown attempts. The result was a split decision win that left few happy, especially Page’s countrymen, who turned out in force for the showdown in London.

The win breaks Storley into the pound-for-pound rankings in the Bellator MMA Fighter Rankings as he debuts at No. 10. He also vaulted up the welterweight rankings, moving four slots to a tie for No. 1, resting below Amosov. Page remains at No. 2.

Below are the top-10 pound-for-pound rankings for both men and women. The full top-10 rankings for each division within the promotion can be found here. The rankings are voted on by 17 members of the media.

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Editor’s note: CBS Sports insiders Brian Campbell and Shakiel Mahjouri are members of the 17-person voting panel. Bellator and CBS Sports are both owned by ViacomCBS.

Bellator Rankings (May 17)

Men’s pound-for-pound

1. Patricio Pitbull

33-5

2. Vadim Nemkov

15-2

3. Gegard Mousasi

49-7-2

4. AJ McKee

18-1

5. Ryan Bader

30-7

6. Yaroslav Amosov

26-0

7. Corey Anderson

16-5

8. Sergio Pettis

22-5

9. Raufeon Stots (up one)

18-1

10. Logan Storley (NR)

14-1

Women’s pound-for-pound

1. Cris Cyborg

26-2

2. Liz Carmouche

17-7

3. Juliana Velasquez

12-1

4. Arlene Blencowe (up one)

15-9

5. Cat Zingano (up one)

12-4

6. Denise Kielholtz (down two)

6-4

7. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane

11-2

8. Kana Watanabe

10-1-1

9. Sinead Kavanagh

8-5

10. Leslie Smith

12-9-1

Other notable results

  • Middleweight: Fabian Edwards dominated former UFC champion Lyoto Machida to score a first-round knockout victory. With the win, Edwards moved from No. 4 into a tie for the No. 3 spot at 185 pounds. Machida came in unranked, as he was moving down from light heavyweight.
  • Women’s flyweight: Kana Watanabe overcame a few scary early moments to pull off an exciting triangle choke submission of Denise Kielholtz. The result sent Kielholtz slipping on the women’s pound-for-pound list, dropping two spots to No. 6. Watanabe remained steady at No. 8. However, in the flyweight division, Watanabe and Kielholtz flipped standings with Watanabe moving from No. 2 to No. 3.
  • Welterweight: Paul Daley remains at No. 8 with a stunning knockout of Wendell Giacomo. Daley will likely leave the rankings soon as he announced before the event that the fight would be his retirement bout.
  • Featherweight: Daniel Weichel picked up a knockout of Rob Whiteford in just 72 seconds. With the win, Weichel remains No. 7 at 145 pounds.

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