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Michael Page prefers Douglas Lima trilogy over title shot: ‘It’s a belt, who cares?’

LONDON – Believe it or not, Michael Page isn’t interested by getting the subsequent title shot at 170 kilos.

Despite defeating former champion Douglas Lima in the primary occasion of Friday’s Bellator 267, and arguably changing into the No. 1 contender within the weight class, Page isn’t trying to be the subsequent challenger for champion Yaroslav Amosov, regardless of initially stating as such throughout his in-ring post-fight interview. “MVP” would a lot somewhat have a trilogy bout with Lima and search for the stoppage win he was unable to get.

Page defeated Lima in a detailed split-decision, profitable two 29-28 scores and shedding 28–29 on one of many judges’ playing cards. The Englishman will make an effort to get the third combat in opposition to Lima.

“In all honesty, I’ll most likely push to run this one again once more,” Page instructed reporters on the Bellator post-fight press convention. “Let’s do 5 rounds, why not? Let’s go longer.

“If by the top of the third spherical that had occurred once more, I acquired two extra rounds to search out you and end you correctly. I’ve gone from one finish to the opposite and hopefully, I discover that balanced center and end him.”

Page settled the rating with Lima and avenged his solely profession defeat. The 34-year-old misplaced to Lima in 2019 within the semi-final of the Bellator welterweight grand prix. He was knocked out within the second spherical of the competition.

Page is set to do the identical to Lima and cites it as the primary motive for wanting the trilogy subsequent. He additionally doesn’t see preventing for the title as the head for his profession.

“It’s a belt, who cares?” Page defined. “How many individuals which are titleholders are nowhere close to as in style as I’m? The belt don’t imply something. It does clearly, however for me, it doesn’t. That second proper there (the choice win over Lima), there’s so many Bellator belt holders that may’t pull off what I did right now.

“I really feel like persons are drawn to me due to my enjoyment of the game, not as a result of I’m chasing something. It’s about my journey and pushing myself. I didn’t get to show that right now. I received however I didn’t make his eyes roll to the again of his head and never get again up. I do know I can do it, so I choose to run it again.”

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