Douglas Lima Says Michael Page Needs ‘Ranked Win’ Before Bellator Title Shot

Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima says Michael Page will need an impressive victory in order to face him again. Back in May 2019, Lima and Page competed in a semifinal bout in the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix. Lima handed Page the f…

Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima says Michael Page will need an impressive victory in order to face him again. Back in May 2019, Lima and Page competed in a semifinal bout in the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix. Lima handed Page the first loss of his pro MMA career with a second-round knockout. Lima went […]

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Artem Lobov Almost Signed For Bellator, Offered To Fight ‘MVP’ For $1 Million

LobovFormer UFC featherweight Artem Lobov almost signed for Bellator last year and that remains a possibility even today. Lobov departed the UFC and went on to sign a lucrative deal with Bare Knuckle FC in 2019. After going 2-1 over three fights — including wins over Jason Knight and Paulie Malignaggi — “The Russian Hammer” […]

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Former UFC featherweight Artem Lobov almost signed for Bellator last year and that remains a possibility even today.

Lobov departed the UFC and went on to sign a lucrative deal with Bare Knuckle FC in 2019. After going 2-1 over three fights — including wins over Jason Knight and Paulie Malignaggi — “The Russian Hammer” is now a free agent again and is weighing up his options.

Polish MMA promotion KSW seems to be at the top of his list for the moment. But Lobov is not ruling Bellator out either as he detailed how close he was to signing with Scott Coker’s company last year:

“To be honest, [Bellator] made me an offer just after I left the UFC,” Lobov told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast. “It was a very good offer and I was very grateful for the offer. I was ready to sign for them, but at the time Bare Knuckle FC were throwing money at me and I just couldn’t turn that down. I tried to ask Bellator to up the cash just a little bit, just so it would make a little more sense for me to sign with them, but they didn’t. It was a no-brainer for me. I just couldn’t turn down the money Bare Knuckle FC were throwing at me, so I ended up signing with them.

“I’m still not ruling Bellator out of the equation completely. They come to Ireland twice a year and it’s always a big show. It’s big promotion, I could certainly see myself in the Bellator cage as well, but KSW seem to be very close to signing me at the moment.”

In fact, Lobov also made an offer to step in and face Michael “Venom” Page in November when the latter’s original Bellator London opponent Derek Anderson had to pull out.

He even offered a discounted deal of $1 million:

“When this happened I messaged John Kavanagh because he has a very close relationship with Bellator,” Lobov added. “I messaged him straightaway and said, ‘Tell them it’s one million and I’ll step in for one million.’ The fight was probably worth more than that, but I like Bellator so I thought I’d give them a little discount.”

Although Lobov competes at featherweight and Page competes at welterweight, he feels he would have matched up well with the Briton:

“I would love to fight MVP,” Lobov said. “I know we’re in different weight classes, but I feel it’s a very winnable fight for me. I know his style and I have keys to beating him.

“To be honest, when he fought Paul Daley I thought Paul has the style to beat him, but for some f*cking reason, Paul decided he was a wrestler that night. I honestly don’t know what he was thinking or who gave him that idea, that was the biggest mistake. For me, he’s got the perfect style [to beat MVP]. That tight, K-1 style where you back the guy up and he has nowhere to go. He’s got a lot of power in his hands. I feel if he had’ve stood with him he would’ve won.”

What do you make of Lobov’s comments?

Paul Daley Says He’s Been Fired As Bellator Analyst

Paul Daley has been canned as a Bellator analyst and it appears he’s putting the blame on his criticism of Michael Page’s booking. Daley served as an analyst for a number of Bellator events outside the United States. Most recently, “S…

Paul Daley has been canned as a Bellator analyst and it appears he’s putting the blame on his criticism of Michael Page’s booking. Daley served as an analyst for a number of Bellator events outside the United States. Most recently, “Semtex” was at the desk for Bellator London in Nov. 2019. The event was headlined […]

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Michael Page Takes ‘Can Crusher’ Jibes As A Compliment

Michael ‘Venom’ Page takes jibes about his level of opponents as a compliment. The British kickboxer scored a third knockout win since suffering the only defeat of his career. Newly crowned welterweight champion Douglas Lima left Page unconscious when they met earlier this year. Since then Page has been running through his opponents, although some […]

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Michael ‘Venom’ Page takes jibes about his level of opponents as a compliment. The British kickboxer scored a third knockout win since suffering the only defeat of his career. Newly crowned welterweight champion Douglas Lima left Page unconscious when they met earlier this year. Since then Page has been running through his opponents, although some in MMA have questioned their quality. ‘Venom’ has beaten relatively unknown fighters in Richard Keiley and Giovanni Melillo. However, on Saturday he beat a UFC veteran, Shinsho Anzai, in Japan. Despite this the can crusher jibes have kept on coming. But the 32-year-old welterweight takes it all in his stride. Speaking to MMA Fighting he said.

“Where I’m at now, I find it a bit of a compliment
because we already know, for the people that truly understand MMA, they know
these opponents, they know what they’ve gone through, they know their standard,
and they’re still calling them a can.”

“That just means that I’m making them look like that, you know what I mean? It says I’m on the right track in terms of the fashion that I’m winning in. So, I know everyone keeps going on about this crushing cans thing. I’m going to start agreeing with you, and everybody can get it.” (Transcribed by BJPenn.com)

Although he is dealing with these opponents easily, Page is seriously hurting his career progression by fighting at that level. The 170lb champion has already said Page must step up his opposition to earn a rematch and that’s a fair point. Outside of his defeat to Lima, Page has only faced one previous step up in opposition against Paul Daley. Despite being known for his heavy hands ‘Semtex’ took Page down at will. In the end though it was ‘Venom’ who emerged victorious after earning a controversial decision. He’ll need to prove he can bridge the gap between his current opponents and Bellators best before he gets a shot at redemption against the champion Lima.

Does Michael ‘Venom’ Page need to step up his level of opposition?

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Michael Page Explains Lack Of Showboating At Bellator Japan

Michael Page’s win at Bellator Japan was not like his usual ones. That’s because he usually showboats during and after his wins. Whether it’s throwing a Pokeball at his downed opponent or dancing, “MVP” loves to put on a show. It usually rubs people the wrong way as well, especially given the criticism aimed at […]

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Michael Page’s win at Bellator Japan was not like his usual ones.

That’s because he usually showboats during and after his wins. Whether it’s throwing a Pokeball at his downed opponent or dancing, “MVP” loves to put on a show.

It usually rubs people the wrong way as well, especially given the criticism aimed at him and his level of opponents.

But when he knocked out Shinsho Anzai on Saturday, there was none of that. That’s because he made sure to respect the environment he was in with respect being a key component in Japanese mixed martial arts:

“I’m very aware of my surroundings,” Page told media after the fight (via MMA Junkie). “You’ve got to read the crowd. You’ve got to read the moment. For me, just coming over here brought back some old-school memories of my martial arts youth days and having to bow for everything. … It was nice to switch off.”

While there were no antics, Page certainly delivered when it came to the fight. Even if it did take some time for him to eventually land the second-round knockout:

“He was playing a little bit awkward – really closed,” Page added. “He wasn’t really opening up very much, but still applying pressure, so it took me a little bit longer to find out exactly the range and what I wanted to do.

“Then, I started to open up more a little bit myself in the second round. That’s when I was like, ‘Yeah, it’s game over.’ I hit him with a shot, and he went down.”

Page will look to challenge for Douglas Lima’s welterweight title next. However, it appears he may need more wins and even higher-level opponents if he is to get his rematch with Lima.

Bellator president Scott Coker also seems to prefer Lorenz Larkin for the next title shot. Regardless, it’s a fight that will eventually happen according to Page:

“He’s kind of now not interested,” Page said of Lima. “There’s talks of him going up. It feels like he’s trying distance himself as much as possible. Everybody else is what it is. I’m just going to keep fighting until he can’t get away from me. I will get that back.”

What did you think of Page’s performance?

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Scott Coker Prefers To See Lorenz Larkin Fight Douglas Lima Over Michael Page

Bellator president Scott Coker believes Lorenz Larkin is next in line for Douglas Lima. Larkin made it four wins in a row following his unanimous decision win over Keita Nakamura at Bellator Japan on Saturday. Michael Page, meanwhile, also competed on the card as he made it three wins in a row following his knockout […]

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Bellator president Scott Coker believes Lorenz Larkin is next in line for Douglas Lima.

Larkin made it four wins in a row following his unanimous decision win over Keita Nakamura at Bellator Japan on Saturday. Michael Page, meanwhile, also competed on the card as he made it three wins in a row following his knockout of Shinsho Anzai.

Both fighters have campaigned to get the next welterweight title shot at Lima but it’s Larkin who will probably win the race according to Coker:

“To me, I think the fight that we would like to see is Lorenz fight Lima, because he hasn’t fought him before,” Coker said (via MMA Junkie). “But I’d also like to see Lorenz fight ‘MVP,’ too. So, we’ll see. We’re going to mix it up and have some fun with that weight class.”

Lima notably handed Page his first-ever career loss when he knocked him out en route to regaining the Bellator welterweight title. The Brazilian also believes “MVP” needs a step up in competition before thinking of a rematch.

As for Larkin, he is yet to face Lima and although he notably missed weight against Nakamura, Coker is willing to give him a pass:

“We can look past that,” Coker added. “He came a long way and it’s not an easy task. I think that the flight, the trip, it’s just a different environment. I think in the timeframe that was different, that had a lot to do with it.

“The guy has fought – I don’t know his record offhand – but I think in 24 fights he has never missed weight. So we’ve got to give him a pass for that one.”

Do you think Larkin deserves the next shot?

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