By News Team
1st October 2021
British MMA star Michael ‘Venom’ Page has told us that he will be out for “redemption” when he faces Douglas Lima in their rematch at Bellator 267 in London on Friday night.
Page’s welterweight clash with Lima is the main event on the card at Wembley Arena, with a victory for either fighter potentially paving the way for a fight against champion Yaroslav Amosov.
The duo met previously back in 2019, with Lima winning by knockout to hand MVP the only defeat of his career, but the Brit is confident of seeking revenge this time around.
“It’s a case of, I need to get him back,” Page said. “The timing’s right, being at Bellator, the base is right, being in London. Everybody that is my fan over here was there with me for that loss (against Lima) and they’re going to be there with me for the win, for my redemption. I get the energy from the people that are there. I’m telling you, you’re not going to go to another event like this. The energy in that room is going to be insane.”
Page, who has won five fights in a row since his defeat to Lima, says he has something up his sleeve for when they meet in the octagon on Friday night.
“I’ve got about 10 things special for him,” he said. “He’s only going to fall off one of them, so whichever one it happens to be, it’s going to be a massively special moment. I’ve got one particular move out of all of them, we’ve drilled it quite a lot. If I can find it and land that shot, I’m not pushing to, but if I can find it and land that shot, this will be on repeat for years.”
The 34-year-old is, however, aware of the threat that Lima poses and says he has a plan in place to deal with his opponent’s lower-leg kick.
“He’s got amazing power, a world-class lower kick,” Page said. “His only weakness is he’s a bit too composed sometimes. I’ve seen in his last couple of fights there’s no urgency to him, even when he’s down he’ll just kind of accept it almost that it’s happened. His last two losses, where he was just at the one pace, he didn’t feel the need to step out of that comfort zone, which I think is a weakness.”
Page added: “We’ve worked on avoiding that lower kick, we’ve worked on a lot of stuff this time. So I’m looking forward to him throwing that kick as many times as he likes as it’s not going to change anything.”
Former welterweight champion Lima, meanwhile, says he is raring to go and is backing himself to knock out Page once again.
“I love London, I love everything about this place, especially Friday night,” he said. “It’s going to be a special night, for sure. We’re warriors, I love this moment. I’m pumped for it, I’ve worked really hard for it. I’m ready to finish him one more time. By knockout. I’m going to finish him before round three.”
Bellator 267 will also see Leah McCourt and Jessica Borga meet at featherweight in the co-main event.
Northern Irish star McCourt is hoping to claim another victory to build upon her five-fight winning streak as she looks to strengthen her bid for a featherweight title clash.
“This fight is so important,” McCourt said. “With every next fight, you can win everything or lose everything. I’m in a great position to keep going forward and keep striving towards that title. This fight means everything to me.”
McCourt added: “It’s massive being on BBC iPlayer, such a large viewership and it’s normalising MMA for people that have never seen it before. It will educate more people on the best sport in the world. It’s exciting. More people and more access to watch it is only going to grow it.”
Borga, however, is confident of victory and believes she has a more impressive track record than her opponent.
“I’m overjoyed with this opportunity and I’m not going to let it slip through my fingers. I’m going to beat her, I don’t care how I’ll beat her but it’s going to be a good victory,” she said.
“If you look at the people that we’ve fought, I fight tough opponents. I always try to level up with the opponent that I have. If you look at people she has fought, not to underestimate her at all, but if you look at her opponents, they’re not as skilled so it makes her look better.”