Bellator 281 results: Fabian Edwards flattens Lyoto Machida with violent knockout

If Fabian Edwards didn’t have a marquee victory before Bellator 281, he certainly has one now.

Edwards (10-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) stunned the crowd in the co-main event at London's O2 Arena on Friday.

Lyoto Machida, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, was knocked out.

The fight started out with the classic methodical pacing that comes with a typical Machida fight

When Edwards connected with a short elbow upon exiting the clinch, he swiftly awoke his home country arena.

Title 1Machida was noticeably shaken by the shot, and he backpedalled but couldn't get away.

Edwards surged forward, throwing more punches. Machida was put to the canvas by a left hook.

Machida had been down for a while, his eyes oddly open, but no one was at home.

Fabian Edwards delivers a lightning-fast 1st round KO in London

Leon Edwards, who just knocked out Lyoto Machida in the first round, jumps on the cage to celebrate with his brother Fabian.

Bellator 281 was the final bout on his current promotional agreement