At long last, Michael Page and Paul Daley will take up the gauntlet at their much-anticipated welterweight showdown on February 16.
Fans’ long wait is over after Bellator announced that the matchup between increasingly fierce welterweight rivals MVP and Daley will finally happen inside the cage. It will take place when the promotion comes back to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut next year.
📍 Mohegan Sun Arena
📅 Friday, Feb 15th & Saturday, Feb 16th
👊 Mitrione vs. Kharitonov and MVP vs. Daley 👊
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) December 5, 2018
Five days after Page (13-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) hinted about the upcoming match on February, Bellator confirmed it coming into fruition in a recent tweet. The fighting pair will swing at the opening round of the promotion’s ongoing welterweight tournament.
The winner is advancing to the semi-finals at a chance against former champion Douglas Lima who’s coming out of a submission win vs Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 206 in September. Lima has already said on record that he wants Page to win and be his next rival.
In an interview with MMAjunkie in October, the former champ revealed why he wants a shot at MVP.
“I would like it to be ‘MVP’ just because I haven’t fought him before. A new face. Let’s see if he can pull it off.”
“Daley’s not an easy fight, especially for that type of style. When Daley fights another striker he does really good. Let’s see if ‘MVP’ is able to stop him it will be good.”
Battle of the Brits
31-year-old Page is an undefeated welterweight fighting out of London. He’s continuing to assert himself as one of the biggest names in Bellator today, recently punching David Rickles hard enough to submit him early in the second round of their fight at his home soil.
His unblemished thirteen-fight career in mixed martial arts is composed of eight knockout victories, three submissions and only two decision wins.
Daley, on the other hand, garnered an altered record of wins and losses, and his five-fight winning streak was snapped by a unanimous decision defeat against Lima at Bellator 158. He bounced back to triumph with a highlight-reel flying-knee knockout of Brennan Ward at Bellator 170.
The fighter of Nottingham is set to rebound from his most recent loss against Jon Fitch with a win vs MVP on February. A momentous match is about to unfold between two of the most celebrated fighters from England.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Michael Venom Page and Instagram/Paul Daley