After a TKO victory at Bellator 258, Michael ‘Venom’ Page demands a rematch with Douglas Lima.
At Bellator 258 in London, the English welterweight star put on yet another show-stopping performance.
Michael “Venom” Page put on another outstanding effort to earn his 19th career victory and get closer to a rematch with the only guy who has ever defeated him.
Page, dubbed “MVP” by his supporters, defeated Derek Anderson in the opening round of Bellator 258 in Uncasville, Connecticut on Friday night, extending his winning run and securing a shot at the Bellator welterweight title.
Page chose to walk to the cage without music since the behind-closed-doors arena was deafeningly quiet when he arrived.
But inside the Bellator cage, the London Shootfighters-trained fighter was no less fascinating than usual, displaying his unusual striking and movement to perplex Anderson throughout the opening round of their 175-pound catchweight bout.
Page delivered 17 of 23 strikes in the round, picking and choosing when to strike and landing cleanly on the American, who had never been stopped by strikes in his previous 21 fights.
With a lightning-fast right hand, the British star downed Anderson, but the teak-tough American sprang back to his feet and proceeded to force Page into making a mistake.
Page, on the other hand, was near-flawless throughout the round, taking only one good shot from Anderson. Then, four minutes into the five-minute first period, “MVP” connected with the fight’s deciding strike.
Page, who had been observing and analyzing Anderson’s motions throughout the round, timed Anderson’s right-side dive and connected with a perfectly-timed head kick that struck flat against Anderson’s face.
Anderson had a badly fractured nose as a result of the strike, and despite making it to the finish of the round, the fight was stopped in the corner when the doctor determined Anderson was unfit to continue.
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Page’s win was his 12th knockout of his career, and it extended his winning streak to five straight wins, four of which were knockouts.
“I knew I’d land it,” Page remarked regarding his fight-ending kick. Many people have known from the start that I walk in straight lines.
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