England’s Michael ‘Venom’ Page took revenge on the only man to defeat him by edging out former three-time welterweight champion Douglas Lima at Bellator 267 in London.
Page, 34, has knocked down Lima, 33, three times at Wembley Arena but was dropped once himself as he made a split decision on the judges’ scoreboards after three tense rounds.
“I wanted to finish, but Lima is a tough man. I understand why he’s been a three-time champion, ”said Page, who is known as an MVP by his fans.
“Even when I hit him with big punches, he kept coming and he adjusted. “
While Page had the advantage in striking rallies, he couldn’t stop Lima from taking him to the mat twice during the bout.
But, once the action hit the canvas, Page used expert wrist control to keep Lima from systematically connecting to ground strikes as he frustrated the Brazilian on the mat.
Lima started to close the distance on the elusive Page in the last round of the fight and let the Briton down with a solid left hand.
But Page recovered well and, despite losing in the finals, the Londoner managed to avoid trouble and get the go-ahead from two of the cage judges.
The first score announced attributed the fight to Lima, as London fans nervously awaited the second two scores.
When they both scored the fight for Page, Wembley Arena erupted, before the Londoner called for a title fight against undefeated Ukrainian world champion Yaroslav Amosov.
“I have my redemption, now I want this bling,” he said.
McCourt makes his way to a winning decision
Irish Leah McCourt claimed her fifth straight win in the Bellator cage with a unanimous decision victory over American Jessica Borga.
McCourt, 29, had to be on his guard after taking his opponent to the mat, as Borga attacked him in the back for a submission in the first round.
But after successfully evading her opponent’s Kimura attempt, McCourt continued to dominate the fight as she showed off her boxing skills to punch and move up to the scoreboards.
The judges rewarded McCourt for her batting skills as she earned the sixth victory of her MMA career with scores of 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.
Coach claims crowd-pleasing win
It was a big night for undefeated light heavyweight prospect Luke Trainer, who extended his perfect record to 5-0 with a second round TKO from Yannick Bahati.
The 25-year-old coach started with confidence and dominated Bahati, 31, on the canvas after securing a quick withdrawal.
‘The Gent’ then came close to scoring an finish in the dying seconds of the lap after finding their mark with a heavy combination against the cage.
The pair battled back and forth throughout the second round, with a spinning punch from Bahati shooting hiccups from the crowd.
But it was Trainer who had the advantage in the striking rallies and, after connecting with a solid pushing kick, the Stevenage native pushed his man back against the cage and secured the finish with an elbow to the the left eye that forced referee Mike Beltran to take a step. and end the bout at the two minute and 50 second mark.
Wilde tames Landu to claim decision victory
The opening bout on the main card saw Wolverhampton lightweight Tim Wilde secure a unanimous victory over Frenchman Yves Landu.
Wilde, 34, kept the Parisian at bay as he picked up the pace and forced Landu, 35, on the back foot.
After three round trips, the judges were in agreement, with all three attributing the fight to the Englishman 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, with Wilde claiming the 14th victory of his career.
It wasn’t such a happy evening for Scotland’s Robert Whiteford and England’s Andrew Fisher, whose featherweight bout was deemed without competition after an accidental glance from Fisher, 36, returned Whiteford, 38 unable to continue.