Page vs. Daley Planned for Early 2018
While Michael Page claims that Paul Daley is running from him and he’s over the possibility of competing against him in the Bellator cage, President Scott Coker still wants the two to fight. Coker says a bout between Page and Daley is planned for early next year.
A fight between the two combatants seemed certain, as Daley called out Page and charged him at ringside following Daley’s loss to Rory MacDonald back at Bellator 179 last month. But Page revealed via social media that a planned bout between the two of them at a Bellator event in London this coming September would not be happening, as Daley declined the bout.
Coker, however, says the reason Daley declined the bout was he did not like the timeframe — this bout in September would have meant Daley’s third fight in less than nine months. Coker still wants a grudge match between the two British Bellator welterweight rivals in early 2018.
"Paul didn’t say he would not fight ‘MVP’; what he said is that he would not fight him in September," Coker told MMAjunkie. "It’s a fight that will happen, I want to say in the first quarter of next year in London. He said, ‘I’m just coming off a fight, I’ve been through a lot of training camps with injuries, and I want to rest. I’m not going to fight in September against ‘MVP,’ but I will fight him,’" Coker said.
"Paul Daley is not going to duck anybody. He’s going to fight everybody. We will put that back together at some point in 2018."