MMA Fight: Michael ‘Venom’ Page has called for a trilogy fight with Douglas Lima over a title opportunity after winning a split-decision victory against the only man to beat him inside an MMA cage.
Page won a tough three-round fight at Bellator 267 in Wembley Arena last Friday in front of a rowdy London audience, with two of the three judges siding with the 34-year-old.
In his post-fight interview, Page called for a title fight with undefeated welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov.
However, it appears that the Londoner was dissatisfied with his victory and changed his mind, telling the media that he now wants a trilogy fight with Lima before aiming for Bellator gold.
“To be honest, I’m probably going to push to get this one back,” Page remarked. “Let’s go through five rounds. What’s the harm? Let’s keep going. Because if that happens again by the conclusion of the third round, I’ve got two more rounds to find you and finish it properly.”
Despite the fact that the result divided the MMA world, it was Page’s sixth win in a row since losing to Lima in 2019, and ‘MVP’ should now be awarded an opportunity against Amosov in 2022.
Page, on the other hand, believes that the Bellator welterweight belt is not the be-all and end-all for him.
“I’ve been telling everyone since the beginning. No one seems to be paying attention to me. I’m not concerned with the title “He stated. “Who cares if it’s a belt? How many other titleholders aren’t as well-known as I am? The belt has no significance. It definitely does, but not for me.
“There are so many belt holders in Bellator who couldn’t pull that off [walking out to the London crowd in Wembley Arena]. That is something I am certain of. There are many people who can’t do what I did today, and I believe people are drawn to me because I enjoy the sport, not because I’m chasing something.
“It’s more about myself and my experience. I want to prove to myself that I am capable of doing so. I didn’t get to demonstrate that today. I won, but I didn’t get to show what I really wanted to do, which was to make his eyes roll into the back of his head and not come back up, and I know I can do it, so I’d rather run it back.”
In other results, Belfast’s Leah McCourt won a unanimous decision over Jessica Borga, and Luke Trainer easily overcame Yannick Bahati.
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