LONDON – Michael Page has solely been defeated as soon as in his MMA profession, and he plans on avenging that loss in entrance of his personal followers at Bellator 267.
Page (19-1 MMA, 15-1 BMMA) takes on three-time former Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima (32-9 MMA, 14-5 BMMA) in the primary occasion at Bellator 267, which takes place Friday on the SSE Arena, Wembley. The occasion airs on Showtime.
Ahead of the matchup, Page stated the possibility to get payback on house soil is all of the motivation he wants as he targets a path towards the Bellator welterweight title.
Speaking to MMA Junkie on a London bus emblazoned along with his identify, Page stated that competing in his house city – the place he has a 5-0 profession report – has him feeling suitably impressed forward of the rematch.
“I think it’s epic,” Page stated on Monday. “It’s a feeling that all of us athletes look forward to, being in these kinds of moments. When you first start training and you see other people in the position you want to get to, these are the moments you’re working towards, so this is an amazing feeling to be here.”
Bellator’s return to the English capital follows sizzling on the heels of an enormous boxing occasion throughout city on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the place England’s Anthony Joshua misplaced his world heavyweight titles to Oleksander Usyk.
After “A.J.’s” defeat, Page stated he needs to provide the London combat followers one thing to rejoice as soon as once more, however admitted that’s his plan each time he steps into the Bellator cage, regardless.
“You’ve seen my fights. No matter where I am I always strive to do the entertaining, the entertainment thing, and I always want to give people their value for their ticket,” Page stated.
“Yeah 100 percent. I think regardless, that’s me anyway. That side of me doesn’t switch off, or switch on, for other opposing factors. But I definitely want to give the London people something to cheer about and be happy about.”
Page’s most important motivation, nevertheless, is to take the chance to proper the wrongs of his earlier combat with Lima at Bellator 221 in May 2019, when the Englishman gave the impression to be faring effectively earlier than being despatched to the canvas by a well-timed calf kick, then knocked out by a perfectly-timed proper hand as he tried to scramble again to his toes.
It stays the one defeat of Page’s MMA profession, and now, after reeling off 5 consecutive wins since that loss, the London Shootfighters-trained welterweight stated he has recognized the errors from that encounter and is able to showcase his enhancements on Friday evening.
“Obviously you watch it initially straight afterwards just to go over exactly what (went wrong), but for me there were (some) very obvious mistakes,” he admitted. “There have been very apparent errors from me and my group, and I don’t imagine Lima’s going to alter his type. He’s not going to physician something, he’s going to be the identical particular person going into that cage, so there’s not a lot I have to work on in that sense.
“But (the first fight) was going well for me. I’m going to be 10 times more effective this time while it’s going well and hopefully that’ll win the fight. It definitely will win the fight. But it’s more a case of just being a better, sharper, faster, stronger version of myself, which is exactly what I’ve been doing, and exactly what I am right now.”
Victory over Lima would probably catapult “MVP” right into a title combat with the undefeated welterweight champion Amosov, whose combating type would doubtlessly supply Page a really completely different check. But, regardless of the Ukrainian’s unblemished report, Page thinks he has the type handy him his first profession loss.
“I think it’s a very obvious one,” Page stated. “His wrestling means is unbelievable, nice. Beautiful type. He’s truly bought a very nice circulate along with his stand-up type. I simply personally don’t discover him that harmful standing, which suggests I could be a little bit extra reckless when it comes to my positioning, which suggests I can get much more energy when it comes to my strikes.
“But he’s a person who’s always going to try to hold me down. I’m definitely going to be way more active on my back than Lima was in his last fight, give him a bit more to deal with and be worried about. But then, after that, I’m going to find my shot. I’m going to find my knee, I’m going to find a kick, I’m going to find something that’s going to put him on his ass.”
But earlier than he can zero in on a possible title combat with Amosov, Page wants to show the tables on the one man to defeat him contained in the cage. He stated he has the gameplan and followers can anticipate a efficiency of precision when he faces Lima as soon as once more.
“I’m going to be a little more direct and specific about the type of shots I’m going to be throwing,” he stated. “If folks seen or didn’t discover, I rocked him. Just a few extra of these (and) he would have fallen over anyway, and that was in that combat. That was again then once I was a slower model of myself, once I was not as robust as myself now.
“If I can be a bit more precise, that I know I can be, be a bit more careful in terms of positioning – I genuinely mean his low kick is world class. But a few doctors and alterations in position and direction, it’s not even a problem. … It’s definitely not going to the scorecards.”