Bellator 281: Fabian Edwards Spoils Lyoto Machida’s Middleweight Return, Secures KO Win

Fabian Edwards knocks out Lyoto Machida at Bellator 281
Fabian Edwards knocks out Lyoto Machida at Bellator 281 in London, England Credit: Bellator MMA

Lyoto Machida returned to the middleweight division at Bellator 281 on Friday. There, he was welcomed by #4-ranked 185’er Fabian Edwards.

It was a rude homecoming for “The Dragon, a former UFC light heavyweight champ and middleweight title challenger. In the end, Machida wouldn’t make it out of the opening round, while Fabian Edwards snapped a two-fight skid.

Edwards attacked Machida’s lead leg early on Friday in the Bellator 281 co-main event, kicking both the inside and outside of the limb. Machida would answer back in kind; Edwards would mix things up, going to the body. When Machida did the same, Edwards caught the kick and backed Machida up to the fence. But it was Machida with a body lock getting the fight down, though Edwards was immediately back to his feet.

When they went back to the fence a moment later, Machida maintained his footing. But off the break, Edwards cracked Machida with an elbow! He was wobbled, ate another punch, and was put down with a left hand! Edwards piled on with a few more punches, and that was all she wrote!

With Gegard Mousasi quickly cleaning out the 185 pound weight class, that victory should instantly land Fabian Edwards back in the mix.

Official Result: Fabian Edwards def. Lyoto Machida by knockout, Round 1, 3:18