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Michael Page retaliated, even though it may not have been as final as he’d hoped.
Two years after the only loss of his MMA career at the hands of Douglas Lima, Page started a celebration at the SSE Arena in London, England by beating the former Bellator welterweight champion via a razor-thin split decision in the back and – Bellator’s fourth main event 267. Judges Eric Colon and Doug Crosby scored the match 29-28 for Page, both gave the Englishman the first two rounds, while Judge Ben Cartlidge was the only dissenter with a score of 29-28 for Lima and a Round 1 and Round 3 edge for the Brazilian.
“I wanted the finish line,” Page said. “My husband is a tough man. I understand why he has been champion three times. Even when I hit him with those big shots, he just kept coming.”
The decision was controversial and ultimately came down to how you scored the first round. Page (20-1) caused Lima (32-10) to fall to the ground twice in the opening minutes with charging counters, though only one exchange landed clean and both could have been sent off as Lima lost his balance. Lima responded by taking Page down for the second half of the opening round and controlling the action from the top position.
The second frame was contested only at the feet, with Page scoring the biggest moment of the round when he briefly dropped Lima with a lunging right hand that caught the former Bellator king behind the ear. But Lima responded again by knocking Page down on the third round and riding out the fight memory from the top position.
The latest standout stats had Lima leading 25-17, but with Page the most significant exchanges, as Lima won the takedown battle 2-0.
After his sixth straight win since his original loss to Lima, Page took to the microphone to call out undefeated Bellator welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov.
“Now I want that bling,” Page said. “I’ve come by, I’ve got my redemption — now I want that bling. The one and only ‘MVP’ is back.”
In the evening’s co-main event, featherweight prospect Leah McCourt (6-1) slowly bumped Jessica Borga (3-4) to exhaustion to get a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) and continuing to work her way up the 145-pound Bellator ladder for women.
After a competitive opening round where Borga frustrated McCourt with a series of kimura attempts from bottom position, McCourt took control and dominated the range for the final 10 minutes, with Borga repeatedly tagged with a stiff punch and straight punches as she came in on the tune of a striking advantage of 74-25. A 29-year-old fighting out of SBG Charlestown under Conor McGregor’s longtime standout coach Owen Roddy, McCourt remains a perfect 5-0 under the Bellator umbrella.
Elsewhere in the evening, a featherweight bout between UFC veteran Robert Whiteford (16-4, 1 NC) and Andrew Fisher (18-8-1, NC) ended in an anticlimactic no-competition after three accidental eye shots from Whiteford forced doctors to call out the fight halfway through the second round.
Whiteford, 38, had had a two-year layoff since his last Bellator outing and the opening round reflected it as both men fought cautiously and there were few fouls. The second frame was no different, but eventually a third accidental eye-prick from Whiteford brought proceedings to a halt before action could be taken at 2:50 of round 2.
One of England’s most promising light-heavyweight prospects was shown on Friday night when 25-year-old Luke Trainer (5-0) used a brutal elbow from the clinch to maintain his unbeaten record and a second-round knockout of Yannick Bahati (9 – 6).
After being startled early in the fight, Trainer stormed back with a barrage of raking punches and forward kicks from his 6-foot-6 frame before seemingly shattering Bahati’s left orbital bone with the battle-ending strike, seen below . Trainer has now concluded both of his Bellator outings on a climax – and he called in the promotion’s newest potential killer, “Big Tuna” Ben Parrish, for a dance date.
“Ben Parrish, I’m coming for you,” Trainer bellowed in his post-fight interview. ‘Nothing but respect, you’re a savage. But I’m coming for you, sir.”
In the card’s opening match, local lightweight product Tim Wilde (14-4) overcame a slow start to outdo Yves Landu (16-9) in the final two rounds to win a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28 , 29-28) on his return from a two-year layoff.
Wilde used a steady diet of low kicks and long punches to win the standout fight by a 58-22 margin, defending all but three of Landu’s 12 takedown attempts. With the win, the 34-year-old Englishman pushed his record in the Bellator cage to 2-1 in three appearances.
The full results of Bellator 267 can be seen below.
- Michael Page def. Douglas Lima via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Leah McCourt beats. Jessica Borga via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Robert Whiteford vs. Andrew Fisher ruled a no-contest due to accidental eye poking at 2:50 of round 2
Luke Trainer def. Yannick Bahati via TKO (strikes) at 2:50 of round 2
Tim Wilde def. Yves Landu via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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