Michael 'Venom' Page jokes he would rematch Douglas Lima at HEAVYWEIGHT as he vows to 'put right' his only Bellator lossOctober 7, 2020
MICHAEL 'VENOM' PAGE is so desperate to rematch Douglas Lima he joked he would even fight him at HEAVYWEIGHT.
The Bellator welterweight suffered the first loss of his MMA career last year, as champion Douglas Lima scored a second-round knockout.
MVP, 33, bounced back to win three of the spin and returns to the cage this Saturday in Paris against Ross Houston.
Lima, 32, meanwhile is set to move up to middleweight to challenge for the vacant title against Gegard Moussai, 35,
But Page insists his future does not depend on where the welterweight strap rests – instead, he will follow Lima in an attempt to gain revenge, with a Bellator belt only providing an added bonus.
Page told SunSport: "There's only one person that I'm actually looking to fight and that's the one I lost, and he has the belt in my weight division.
"If Lima moved to heavyweight, that's where I'm going to be. For me, and I've said this before, it's nothing to do with the belt.
"The belt is a bonus because he has it currently, but if he decided to stay at middleweight then that's where you're going to be seeing me.
"I want to rectify that before anything else.
"If he's happy to come back down to welterweight then it allows me to kill two birds with one stone and get the belt as well.
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"Wherever he goes, I'm going to go."
Page met Lima in the semi-final of Bellator's welterweight Grand Prix.
MVP controlled the first round with his unorthodox karate-base kickboxing style.
And he clipped Lima in both the opening and second round with a long, lunging right hand.
But 40 seconds into the second, Page again tried his luck but fell short and left himself open for Lima to land and uppercut and blow MVP's unbeaten run up in smoke.
The mistake has since haunted Brit Page, and left him hellbent on redemption.
He explained: "I think it's more because I didn't feel like I was losing that fight, it was a stupid mistake on my part.
"I felt like I was in control of that fight and he didn't really have any answers, I was faster, I rocked him, and I just got over excited in those moments and made some mistakes and got caught.
"It was more a frustrating loss. If we had a close backward and forward and he just pipped it and won the fight, it wouldn't bother me so much.
"But I feel like I was in control and gave it away, and that's one thing I want to put right."
Before Page can call for a rematch and potential title shot, he has to first beat 8-0 former Cage Warriors champion Houston.
MVP hoped for an even more experienced fighter than the Scot, but admits in the current climate he has been matched with the best available.
He said: "To be fair I actually wanted to fight a more experienced fighter.
"But it's difficult for guys to get to the States and difficult for the guys from the States to get to the UK or Europe because of what's going on.
"So, I've got one of the most experienced and toughest guys in Europe available and that's Ross Houston."
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