Daley-Page Feud Comes To A Head At Bellator 216
Bellator caps off a weekend of fights on Saturday night, with Bellator 216 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
While legendary PRIDE fighter Mirko Cro Cop will make his Bellator debut against Roy Nelson, it is the welterweight division that will take center stage at Bellator 216, as Paul Daley and Michael Page take their war of words into the Bellator cage in a first-round fight of the welterweight grand prix.
The feud between the two U.K. fighters began when Daley compared Page to boxer Adrien Broner and himself to Floyd Mayweather, due to Daley coming before Page and feeling “MVP” stole his identity.
For the outspoken Daley, this is the first fight on a new contract, which almost did not come to pass following Daley’s loss to Jon Fitch in 2018. During the fight, Daley audibly yelled out to Scott Coker, the Bellator announce team, and anyone who’d listen about the fight being “boring.”
Daley’s frustration made most in the MMA community think his tenure with Bellator was done, but now, Daley re-signed with the promotion due to the Welterweight Grand Prix.
“I love Scott Coker and the crazy things he’s doing,” Daley told FIGHT SPORTS. “It keeps the sport interesting to me. “
Regarding his loss to Fitch, Daley reiterated that his issue was with how the fight was put together. “There’s a lot of things I can say,” the ex-kickboxer said during Bellator’s press day, “but we’re in a good place right now.”
“I’ve been wanting it for a long time,” Michael Page told FIGHT SPORTS about his first-round grand prix fight against Daley. “I don’t think he’s wanted it for a long time, I don’t think he’s wanted it full stop, but we’re here now and it’s exciting.”
“He made a comment I didn’t like,” speaking of the Broner comparison, “and the best way for fighters to settle it is in the cage.”
Page wished this fight would have happened in the United Kingdom, but Bellator President Scott Coker said during a media scrum on Wednesday that a suitable London venue was not able to be found for this fight, instead the Viacom owned organization focused on what some are calling the “biggest fight in Bellator history” to the New York area. Page is proud of the impact that this fight is having in the US:
“It’s amazing that two U.K. fighters can come to the States and headline it. I feel like it shows how big this fight is.”
Daley and Page headline Bellator 216 beginning at 10pm on the DAZN, also featured on the card is the Bellator debut of Mirko Cro Cop as he takes on Roy Nelson in the co-main event.