Michael ‘Venom’ Page set for Bellator welterweight title shot after thrilling win


British MMA star Michael ‘Venom’ Page’s next bout inside the Bellator cage could be for the promotion’s welterweight world title.

That’s the view of the man with the most important opinion on the matter, Bellator president Scott Coker, who praised Page’s performance at Bellator 258, then hinted that a title shot could be next for the London Shootfighters athlete.

Page scored a first-round TKO victory over American Derek Anderson after connecting with a perfectly-timed head kick to the face that left his opponent with a badly broken nose.

Anderson did well to survive the round and make it back to his corner, but the cageside doctor inspected the injury and immediately waved off the fight to give Page the 19th win of his professional MMA career.

After the Brit’s impressive performance, Page called for a shot at the only man to defeat him so far in his 20-fight career, Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima, who took advantage of a Page error to knock out the Englishman in the promotion’s welterweight grand prix. 

Lima subsequently went on to win the $1 million tournament and now Page, who has won five in a row, including four knockouts, said the time is right for a rematch.

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“Everybody knows what I want. There’s one redemption fight I’m looking for,” he said.

“He’s constantly got excuses for me now. I’m not interested in even calling his name, but everyone knows who he is. We will meet, and the same stuff is gonna happen.”

And Bellator president Coker seems on board with the idea.

Speaking to reporters during the post-fight press conference in Uncasville, Connecticut, Coker said a title fight could be next for the spectacular Brit, whose unique fighting style and penchant for making fights look effortlessly easy has led some to criticise his level of opposition.

“People give him a bad time online, and I’m thinking to myself, this guy is such a highly skilled mixed martial arts athlete and has a traditional karate background, which you saw today, and it’s very effective – and people give him a bad time,” he said. 

“I never understood it because he’s fought some of the world’s best. 

“He fought Douglas Lima as a titleholder in the semi-finals. He got caught, but Douglas Lima told me, ‘Coker, that guy, he hit me and he hurt me.’ He’s one of the few guys that Douglas has told me that he’s gotten hurt by.


“So to me, the guy is explosive, he’s fast, he’s got a lot of power. He could knock people out. 

“He’s a dangerous guy, and for anybody, because his style is so unorthodox, it’s going to be interesting for any athlete to try to overcome that because if you’re a wrestler and you try and take him down, you might end up with a knee to your face. 

“He’s fast, and I think he deserves a title shot – so let’s see what happens with the Lima fight. 

“But depending on what happens and when ‘MVP’ wants to fight again, I don’t think a title shot is out of the question, to be honest.”

While Page could be up next for the title, it’s not guaranteed that he’ll end up facing Lima for the belt.

The Brazilian is set to face undefeated Ukrainian contender Yaroslav Amosov in the main event of Bellator 260 on June 11.

And, assuming he’s fit and ready to go – and barring any title-fight controversy – Page should be all set to face the winner later this year.

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