Bellator 267: Michael Page Avenges Previous Loss Vs. Douglas Lima Via Split Decision
Michael Page evened the score between him and Douglas Lima on Friday at The SSE Arena in London, England – Page’s own backyard.
The card was built around one of the most highly anticipated matchups between Lima (32-10), the former three-time welterweight champion, and Page (20-1), one of the most spectacular strikers. Page earned a split decision victory over Lima, but not many fans and fighters agree with that decision.
“I wanted to finish him. He’s a tough man,” Page said in a statement. “I understand why he’s been a champion three times. Even when I hit him with those big shots, he just kept coming and then he started to adjust and make it more difficult. I was confident.
“I knew he was going to go for a takedown,” he added. “Every single striker that stands in front of me, I turn them into wrestlers. Every single one of them. Now I want that bling! I’ve come over and got my redemption. Now I want that bling.”
It was held only three rounds.
Page opened the fight very aggressively. His hands were always down, moving around the cage and waiting for his moment. In the first round, he earned two knockdowns, with fast combinations.
However, Lima went for a takedown, and they spent the second half of the first round on the ground. Page was defending himself, but still, Lima was dominating on the ground and landed several massive elbows.
In the second round, Page dropped Lima once, but did not really hurt Lima. Lima caught him with a calf kick, just like he did in their first bout, but he missed an uppercut, so Page survived.
In the third and final round, Lima managed to drop Page with a massive left hook, but Page survived. Lima then went for a takedown and controlled Page on the ground.
Michael Page on Lima controversy: “In all honestly, I’m probably going to push to just get this one back again [rather than a title shot next]. Let’s do five rounds. Why not? Let’s go longer.” #Bellator267
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) October 1, 2021
They first met at Bellator 221 where Lima earned a second-round KO victory, serving Page his first-ever loss in his MMA career.
Page will most likely fight for the belt against newly crowned Ukrainian, undefeated undisputed champion Yaroslav Amosov (26-0-0).
Check out the rest of the results down below:
- Michael Page def Douglas Lima Split Dec
- Leah McCourt def Jessica Borga Unanimous Dec
- Robert Whiteford Andrew Fisher Ends in a No Contest
- Luke Trainer def Yannick Bahati KO/TKO, 2:50 R2
- Tim Wilde def Yves Landu Unanimous Dec
- Lewis Long def Michael Dubois Sub, 0:41 R1
- Davy Gallon def Kane Mousah Unanimous Dec
- Elina Kallionidou def Petra Částková Sub, 2:07 R1
- Jack Grant def Nathan Jones KO/TKO, 2:16 R1
- Fabacary Diatta def Nathan Rose Unanimous Dec
- Chiara Penco def Katharina Dalisda Sub, 2:45 R1
- Khurshed Kakhorov def Jair Junior Unanimous Dec