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Michael ‘Venom’ Page finally steps into the Bellator cage against long-time rival Paul Daley this weekend.
It is a grudge match a long time in the making, with the British rivals firing shots at each other from a distance, and up close, in the last three years.
A post-fight brawl at Bellator 179 solidified their bitter rivalry, but it took another 21 months to bring the pair together in the cage. Page competes against Daley at Bellator 216 in Connecticut in the first round of the promotion’s highly-anticipated welterweight grand prix.
The chance to prove his mettle against his fiercest rival is a challenge MVP embraces, and the 31-year-old wants it to be a complete masterclass.
‘My style is perfectly suited to him,’ Page told Metro.co.uk. ‘It’s very difficult to predict this one because I want to torment him in all these different areas.
‘Every aspect of my game is so strong and I want to drag him into the deep end in every aspect.
‘Let him know that I am complete better fighter than him. I might hold off the finish a little bit.’
Page and Daley have been kept at arms lengths from each other during fight week, as tempers flared during the London press conference.
After the cameras stopped rolling, Daley and Page were ushered away from confronting one another. Page, 13-0, stayed in the media huddle with other fighters, while Daley was given a private setting in another room to speak to the media.
MVP vs Daley will be the first Bellator event aired live on Sky Sports. Signing a deal with the broadcaster giant is a massive step forward for Bellator and MMA in the UK.
But, there is a conscious effort to ensure there is not a repeat of the May 2017 melee, which saw Semtex lunge for a cageside Page, just moments after his defeat to Rory MacDonald.
That night was when things officially turned sour, as Page hit out at Daley for turning down a fight with him at Bellator London in favour of facing MacDonald.
The tension between the two fighters is obvious, but Daley played down the animosity between him and his opponent.
‘They would like it to be a grudge match, and maybe he wants it to be too,’ Daley explained.
‘He needs that fire maybe, he needs that anger to disguise his fear and his insecurity. I don’t need that.
‘The fire I need is just to crack the illusion. And I think it’s going to be very easy to do because I don’t think he is half of what he believes he is. February 16th will display that.’
The winner of the contest not only takes the bragging rights, but moves into the semi-finals of the welterweight tournament with the chance to claim the title in the final.
Defeat, although not fatal for either man, will force the loser to effectively sit on the sidelines of the welterweight title picture for the rest of the year. The final is pencilled in for the end of the year, but could run into early 2020.
With bragging rights and a shot at the championship on the line, Page thinks the mindgames will play a crucial part in how he beats Daley on Saturday night inside the Mohegan Sun Arena.
‘I feel even without anything like this build-up, I can get into his head on a normal day,’ Page said.
‘While I’m already living there, I’m definitely in his head and I think in the first 30 seconds of our fight, you’ll see that.’
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After the explosive finishes and high-octane pace of the prelims, the main card took a slightly slower pace. This is by no means a negative reflection on the quality of the prelims but the anticipation surrounding the main card fights was near fever pitch. In an historic evening for Bellator in the UK, and throughout Europe, the European Series couldn’t have got off to a better start for Viacom backed promotion. With another UK show confirmed for May 4th in Birmingham, Bellator are showing that they mean business in Europe.
Bellator’s head of Europe, David Green, confirmed after the fight that it’s their intention to bring even more shows to Europe in 2020 but with six events planned for this year, Bellator are committed to putting on the best European shows. Green also confirmed that they will continue to bring in overseas fighters, like Patricky Pitbull on this evenings event, for the European events. This is backed by the news that Brent Primus will be taking on Tim Wilde at the aforementioned Birmingham show.
Back to this evening and the main card, historically televised on Channel 5, began with the middleweight clash between Fabian Edwards and Lee Chadwick. With Chadwick looking visibly bigger than the previous days weigh-in, Edwards had to endure his first three round fight against a plucky Chadwick. Although never really threatened throughout the fight, this was a learning curve for Edwards on moved onto 6-0 with a unanimous decision over Chadwick (30-26, 30-27, 30-27).
Edwards felt that he could’ve won the fight in the first round after a stunning head kick, which would’ve flattened a lesser man, rocked Chadwick. However, the durable Chadwick dug in deep and saw out the round. Overall, this was a steady and professional fight from Edwards and one that will only bolster his hunger and desire to reach the top. After the fight, Edwards confirmed yet again that he wants Mike Shipman next as vengeance for beating teammate, Yannick Bahati. However, Edwards is brimming with confidence and will take on whoever is put in front of him with no questions asked.
Following on from Edwards v Chadwick, we had the eagerly awaiting clash between Chris Bungard and Terry Brazier. What a performance from Bungard. With both fighters snipping at each other in the build up to the fight, this was always going to be a battle. However, Bungard put on a master class and saw off Brazier with a stunning display on the ground. Sinking in the rear naked choke at 2:06 of the first round, it was all done and dusted in the blink of an eye. To say Bungard was happy with the victory would be a massive understatement.
With an electric atmosphere inside the Utilita Arena from the off, things were off the scale as Aaron Chalmers made his way into the ring against the unknown Corey Browning. Keen to notch up his fifth professional win, Chalmers was on the end of a third round defeat by submission (heel hook) to the humble Knoxville, Tennessee resident. Chalmers has made easy work of his previous four opponents but in Browning, he came up against a plucky and willing fighter who saw off Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr in his last outing. Now with a 2-0 record in Bellator, Browning moved onto 5-2 in his professional career in what was the biggest fight of his career. Speaking after the fight, Browning was just happy to have his name on the event poster. With this victory, Browning has certainly introduced himself to the European market and will look to continue his fledgling Bellator career, which couldn’t really have gotten off to a better start.
As for Aaron Chalmers, he can put this one down as a lesson learnt. Despite all the calls from people saying that he doesn’t deserve to be where he is, Chalmers is still learning his trade and that was clearly evident this evening. To say he doesn’t deserve to be where he is, is not only unfair but simply untrue. You could argue that he shouldn’t have been the co-main on this card but the fact is that he was. Chalmers is now five fights into his professional career so you have to give credit where credit is due. Granted he hasn’t fought anybody of note but how many fighters with four pro fights under their belts have? Back to tonight and his inexperience showed when he thought he’d got the big walk off KO in the first round, but much to his surprise, and those in attendance, Browning got back on his feet. In a sloppy second round, Chalmers tried desperately to finish Browning with a standing guillotine but to no avail. Again, this was more in part due to inexperience. Just 20 seconds into the third and final round, the fight was over. Browning had taken another scalp when he took the heel of Chalmers. Overall, it wasn’t the best fight but as mentioned, it’s a lesson learnt for The Joker. Speaking after the fight, Chalmers was in a reflective mood but didn’t have any arguments with the outcome. Chalmers has a strong team around him and will be back to face the haters in no time at all.
The evenings event finished on a controversial note with Patricky Pitbull beating Ryan Scope by split decision. Many thought that Scope took the fight 2-1 but it was the Brazilian who took two of the three rounds when it went to the judges scorecards. Scope put on the performance of his life. After being floored in the first round, Scope regained his composure and began to pepper the left calf of Pitbull with some savage kicks. Pitbull’s leg looked in bits but in return, Pitbull was marking up the abdomen of Scope with some big kicks himself. With round one Pitbull’s and a strong second round from Scope, it all hinged on the third and final round. It was a very close fight and one that probably should’ve gone the way of Scope but it was Patricky Pitbull who took the split decision, much to the disappoint of the crowd. Overall, Scope handled himself extremely well against the well-seasoned Bellator veteran that is Pitbull. Defeat against the Brazilian is by no means a shameful thing and you can fully expect to see Scope to be back on track in the not so very distant future.
With nine first round finishes out of the fifteen fights on show, Bellator Newcastle delivered and set a high bench mark for the Bellator European Series. With the backing of Channel 5 and the much-celebrated Sky Sports deal, Bellator are here to stay in Europe and will be knocking loudly on the door of their UFC neighbours for worldwide supremacy in the MMA world.
Main card results:
Fabian Edwards beat Lee Chadwick. Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Chris Bungard beat Terry Brazier. Submission (RNC). 2:06. Rd 1
Corey Browning beat Aaron Chalmers. Submission (heel hook). 0:20. Rd 3
Patricky Pitbull beat Ryan Scope Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Aaron Chalmers picked up his first defeat in MMA on Saturday night when he submitted to a heel hook in the third round of his clash with Corey Browning.
The former Geordie Shore star was the co-main event for Bellator’s trip to Newcastle and was given a rapturous welcome by the partisan crowd.
Chalmers enjoyed an excellent first round and dropped Browning after landing a succession of hooks on his American rival.
A dazed Browning slumped to the mat and Chalmers began to celebrate, before seeing his opponent get back onto his feet.
It was a moment of inexperience from Chalmers and ultimately cost the Newcastle native the fight as he failed to finish off Browning.
Browning dominated Chalmers from top position in the next round and then surprised the local favourite in the opening moments of the final round.
Chalmers lunged in on Browning, and tried to force his weigh on top of his opponent, but left himself open to a heel hook.
Browning’s well-timed submission attempt forced Chalmers to tap, much to the despair of the Newcastle crowd.
Chalmers laid on the mat with his heads in his hands for several moments, before rising to his feet and congratulating Browning.
While Chalmers moved to 4-1 in his pro career, his team-mate Fabian Edwards maintained his undefeated record with an impressive decision victory over Lee Chadwick.
Michael ‘Venom’ Page believes Paul Daley will have no other choice but to retire after their grudge match at Bellator 216 .
The British fighters finally collide in the first round of Bellator’s welterweight grand prix on 16 February in Connecticut.
Page and Daley came face-to-face in London on Wednesday ahead of their much-anticipated fight, but the press conference had to be cut short as tensions rose.
A face-off was axed with fears a melee could erupt, but Page was pleased he was able to rattle his opponent.
‘I already live in his head, that’s one of my apartments. Way before we even get into the cage, he will be wound so tight he’ll come out and walk straight into more frustration,’ Page told Metro.co.uk.
‘Anyone can see he is quite an emotional person. It’s been very good for him and a positive thing for him in fights, but it’s also worked against him.
‘I’m planning on that working against him.’
While Daley is by far the more experienced fighter with 58 professional bouts, Page insists his rival has not changed down the years.
Most of Daley’s 16 losses have come via submission or when the 35-year-old has been forced into a technical war.
Page is confident he can outclass Daley, but thinks he cannot switch off against his opponent – even after the fight is finished.
‘No, he hasn’t changed at all,’ Page explained. ‘He’s a great kickboxer with power.
‘In fact, let me take that back, I don’t think he’s a great kickboxer. He’s a good kickboxer with great power.
‘There’s so many good kickboxers out there. He’s managed to transfer that over to the mixed martial arts, but without really learning enough mixed martial arts.’
He added: ‘As much as I can give it back, I don’t need to respond and do anything, whereas I don’t believe he would be able to hold himself back and stay professional during a face-off.
‘My coaches actually said to me even after I beat him, I’ve got to be careful when he comes up to shake hands because he’s done [crazy] things before.
‘He’s the kind of person [that] in that moment, you can see the animosity between me and him, he 100 per cent doesn’t want it to go the way it’s going to go.
‘When it does go that way, he may still want to lash out and get something back from it. I have to be on my toes the whole way.’
MVP is defending a 13-0 perfect record against Daley and predicts the fight that has taken three years to come to fruition might be Semtex’s last.
‘In my opinion I don’t believe there is anywhere for him to go after this fight,’ he said.
‘I’m kind of his only way back into fighting the [likes of] Douglas Lima and Rory MacDonald again.
‘If I destroy him in the fashion that I know I can, I genuinely believe he will hang up and leave it.’