England’s Michael ‘Venom’ Page took revenge on the only man to beat him when he defeated former three-time welterweight champion Douglas Lima at Bellator 267 in London.
Page, 34, knocked down Lima, 33, three times at Wembley Arena, but was dropped once himself when he scored a split decision on the judges’ scorecards after three exciting rounds.
“I wanted a finish, but Lima is a tough man. I understand why he’s been a champion three times,” said Page, who is known as MVP by his fans.
“Even when I hit him with big shots, he kept coming and he adapted.”
Although Page had the lead in the standout exchanges, he couldn’t stop Lima taking him to the mat twice during the fight.
But when the action hit the canvas, Page used an expert wrist check to keep Lima from consistently making contact with ground attacks as he frustrated the Brazilian on the mat.
Lima began to narrow the distance on the elusive Page on the final lap of the fight, dropping the Briton with a solid left hand.
But Page made a good recovery and despite being knocked out in the closing stages, the Londoner was able to stay out of trouble and got the nod from two of the judges to the cage.
The first announced score gave the fight to Lima, while the London fans nervously waited for the second two scores.
When they both scored the match for Page, Wembley Arena erupted, before the Londoner called for a title fight against undefeated Ukrainian world champion Yaroslav Amosov.
“I’ve got my redemption, now I want that bling,” he said.
McCourt boxing her way to decision win
Northern Ireland’s Leah McCourt took her fifth straight win in the Bellator cage with a unanimous decision win over American Jessica Borga.
McCourt, 29, had to be wary after bringing her opponent to the mat when Borga attacked her back looking for a submission on the opening round.
But after she managed to escape her opponent’s Kimura attempt, McCourt dominated the fight as she showed off her boxing skills to hunt and fight her way to the scorecards.
The judges rewarded McCourt for her standout skills as she claimed the sixth win of her MMA career with scores of 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.
Trainer claims crowd-pleasing victory
It was a big night for undefeated light-heavyweight prospect Luke Trainer, who extended his perfect record to 5-0 with a second round TKO of Yannick Bahati.
Trainer, 25, started confidently and dominated Bahati, 31, to the canvas after an early elimination.
‘The Gent’ then came close to a finish in the closing seconds of the round after finding his target with a tough combination against the cage.
The pair battled back and forth through the second round, with a spinning backfist from Bahati drawing the crowd’s breath.
But it was Trainer who had the advantage in the striking exchanges and, after connecting with a firm push kick, the Stevenage resident pushed his man back against the cage and secured the finish with an elbow to the left eye forcing referee Mike Beltran to step in. and finish the fight at the two minutes and 50 seconds.
Wilde tames Landu to claim decision win
The opening fight on the main map saw Wolverhampton’s lightweight Tim Wilde win a unanimous decision over France’s Yves Landu.
Wilde, 34, kept the Parisian at bay as he picked up the pace and forced Landu, 35, on the back foot.
After three back-and-forth rounds, the judges agreed, with all three awarding the fight to the Englishman 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 as Wilde claimed the 14th win of his career.
It wasn’t such a lucky night for Scotland’s Robert Whiteford and England’s Andrew Fisher, whose featherweight fight was ruled a no-contest after an accidental eye prick from Fisher, 36, left Whiteford, 38, unable to continue. to go.