On Saturday night, in the main event of Bellator 216, British knockout artists Michael Page and Paul Daley finally stepped into the cage for their long-awaited grudge match. The bout served as the penultimate quarterfinal bout of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix.
In the end, Page won this fight, surviving several Daley takedowns to win a unanimous decision.
That being said, he’s not especially satisfied with the victory, and expects a do-over with his arch rival — perhaps on British soil.
“It’s out of the way, but in all honesty, it’s not done,” Page told MMAjunkie post-fight. “I’m somewhat happy, obviously getting a win. But the way it finished, I’m not happy with. And it might mean actually bringing this fight to the U.K. in the future.
“I’m not happy with my performance,” he added “I’m proud of myself because it wasn’t a physical battle in there – it was a mental battle. It’s been very difficult since Christmas, and just being able to even train for this fight and just being here and getting in the cage has been extremely difficult. So I’m proud of myself for doing it, but still not happy with the performance.
“I made a lot of mistakes myself. But at the same time, I told you guys he was a bitch. He talked all this stuff about being able to knock me out and he ran the whole first round. And then all he wanted to do was play ground work – play wrestling.”
What did you think of the fight between Michael Page and Paul Daley? Do you want to see the pair fight again?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/17/2019.