The most anticipated fight of the Bellator welterweight Grand Prix was between Michael Page and Paul Daley. The two Brit’s have gone back and forth with each other for years now leading up to this fight.
Many expected someone would be knocked out at the end of the night, but that is far from what happened. Rather, Daley implemented a wrestling gameplan and took ‘MVP’ down throughout the fight, but when the fight was on standing, Page did hurt Daley a few times.
Ultimately, Page beat Daley by unanimous decision to advance in the tournament. He will now fight Douglas Lima on May 11. However, although he is focusing on his next fight, ‘MVP’ knows he will be fighting Daley again sometime, and hopefully this time it will be in England.
“It’s out of the way, but in all honesty, it’s not done,” Page told MMAjunkie post-fight. “I’m somewhat happy, obviously getting a win. But the way it finished, I’m not happy with. And it might mean actually bringing this fight to the U.K. in the future.
“I’m not happy with my performance,” he added “I’m proud of myself because it wasn’t a physical battle in there – it was a mental battle. It’s been very difficult since Christmas, and just being able to even train for this fight and just being here and getting in the cage has been extremely difficult. So I’m proud of myself for doing it, but still not happy with the performance.
“I made a lot of mistakes myself. But at the same time, I told you guys he was a bitch. He talked all this stuff about being able to knock me out and he ran the whole first round. And then all he wanted to do was play groundwork – play wrestling.”
For now, Page is enjoying the win. Know for sure, if he wants to win this tournament he will have to get better on the ground and with his takedown defense.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime