LONDON – Believe it or not, Michael Page will not be involved in getting the subsequent title shot at 170 kilos.
Despite defeating former champion Douglas Lima in the principle occasion of Friday’s Bellator 267, and arguably changing into the No. 1 contender within the weight class, Page will not be trying to be the subsequent challenger for champion Yaroslav Amosov, regardless of initially stating as such throughout his in-ring post-fight interview. “MVP” would a lot somewhat have a trilogy bout with Lima and search for the stoppage win he was unable to get.
Page defeated Lima in an in depth split-decision, successful two 29-28 scores and shedding 28–29 on one of many judges’ playing cards. The Englishman will make an effort to get the third combat towards Lima.
“In all honesty, I’ll probably push to run this one back again,” Page advised reporters on the Bellator post-fight press convention. “Let’s do 5 rounds, why not? Let’s go longer.
“If by the end of the third round that had happened again, I got two more rounds to find you and finish you properly. I’ve gone from one end to the other and hopefully, I find that balanced middle and finish him.”
Page settled the rating with Lima and avenged his solely profession defeat. The 34-year-old misplaced to Lima in 2019 within the semi-final of the Bellator welterweight grand prix. He was knocked out within the second spherical of the competition.
Page is decided to do the identical to Lima and cites it as the principle motive for wanting the trilogy subsequent. He additionally doesn’t see preventing for the title as the top for his profession.
“It’s a belt, who cares?” Page defined. “How many individuals which are titleholders are nowhere close to as widespread as I’m? The belt don’t imply something. It does clearly, however for me, it doesn’t. That second proper there (the choice win over Lima), there’s so many Bellator belt holders that may’t pull off what I did at present.
“I feel like people are drawn to me because of my enjoyment of the sport, not because I’m chasing anything. It’s about my journey and pushing myself. I didn’t get to prove that today. I won but I didn’t make his eyes roll to the back of his head and not get back up. I know I can do it, so I prefer to run it back.”