Bellator MMA second-ever event in London, England just lost one of its marquee names.
Bellator MMA welterweight Michael “Venom” Page will have to wait a little bit longer for the toughest test of his career. The Daily Telegraph’s Gareth A. Davies first reported on Wednesday that the striking specialist suffered a knee injury in training, which has forced him out of his Friday, May 19th feature bout against Derek Anderson, who has since been removed from Bellator 179.
While Page was unavailable for comment, Anderson provided this statement to Davies in the article:
“I’m upset, as MMA fighters we are always fighting injuries.
“I’ve fought through stuff my whole career and it would take a whole lot for me to pull out of a fight this close to it happening. This is how I make my living, so even longer of a layoff does me no good. When he gets rebooked, it better be against me and I want it to happen as soon as possible.”
Page (12-0) has now pulled out of five Bellator fights since 2013. The Englishman is coming off a split decision win over Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 165 last November. He was part of Bellator’s first event in London, memorably knocking out Evangelista Santos with a flying knee. All but two of his career fights have ended in a stoppage win.
Bellator 179 takes place at The SSE Arena, with Paul Daley and Rory MacDonald vying for a welterweight title shot in the night’s main event. A light heavyweight clash between former champion Liam McGeary and Linton Vassell has been promoted to co-main event status. The main card will be broadcast on tape-delay on Spike. For UK viewers, the main card airs on a one-hour delay at 10 PM local time on free-to-air Channel 5.