Michael ‘Venom’ Page returned to the Bellator cage successfully for the first time in 2020, with a win over former Cage Warriors champion, Ross Houston. With a unanimous decision victory in his pocket, Page made it to the post-fight presser with a lot on his mind.

The London shoot-fighters star was first to address the slippery floor of the cage, caused by different disinfectants used after each fight. Moving away from the wet mat which disrupted his game-plan, MVP addressed the highly touted issue of an opponent on his wish-list. Douglas Lima.

The Bellator Welterweight champion, Douglas Lima handed Page his first career loss with a fiery KO over the previously undefeated superstar. ‘Venom’ has been pursuing a rematch with the champ ever since.

However, Lima seemed very unimpressed with MVP’s main event performance against Houston and made his thoughts vocal on Twitter.

Welterweight kingpin, Lima, moves up to 185 to challenge Gegard Mousasi for the vacant middleweight title at Bellator 250 (Oct. 29) and is very uninterested in a potential sequel with his former foe.

Seconds after the Tweet was posted, MMA Island asked MVP for his response to Lima’s ‘undermining’ claim during Bellator’s post-fight presser.

“It does feel like more and more every fight that I have now, he (Lima) is more and more trying to undermine what I’m doing.” Page said. “It’s simply because both him and I know how much success I was getting during that fight up until that point.”

“He even admitted it afterwards, how fast I was, he had never come up against anybody with that kind of speed. He said all of these amazing things about me as an athlete directly after the fight.”

With pre-knockout success and post-fight praise, MVP believes ‘Phenom’ has simply been avoiding a rematch with him at all costs.

“He’s worried about what could happen a second time around. Near enough every fight, I hear something from him that makes that basically suggests he doesn’t want to make this fight happen again, which for me just means I live in his head.”

“I’m happy and like Naruto I will keep pushing. I’ll keep pushing until we both end up back in that cage.”

Page will keep pushing for the highly anticipated rematch in own ‘ninja way’, however with Mousasi in the crosshairs, Lima welcomes another rematch in place of MVP, with UFC Veteran, Lorenz Larkin.

Douglas Lima defeated Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 180 on June 24, 2017
Douglas Lima defeated Lorenz Larkin by unanimous decision
at Bellator 180 on June 24, 2017

‘Da Monsoon’ is currently riding a quartet of wins, winning 4 out of his last 5, since losing to Douglas Lima in his Bellator debut in 2017. Scott Coker has previously said that Larkin is most likely the owner of the next title shot late last year. It seems as though Lima likes this rematch much more than the potential rubber match between him and MVP.

Will Michael Venom Page finally get his redemption against Lima? It may take a while to get an answer to that question as Mousasi takes on Lima in a middleweight clash with Lorenz Larkin lurking in the welterweight title picture.

By Chris De Santiago

Founder and lead editor of MMA Island, former journalist at Asian Persuasion MMA.

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