Michael “Venom” Page will finally get his title when Bellator MMA returns to London, England later this year.
Several sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to Cageside Press that Bellator will return to London in May. The promotion aims for a welterweight title fight in the main event, with Yaroslav Amosov set to defend his 170-pound title for the first time against MVP.
The card is scheduled to take place at the SSE Arena at Wembley in London, England on May 13.
Yaroslav Amosov (26-0) has been a force to be reckoned with since joining the organization in 2018. He’s 6-0 in the promotion so far, with wins over Ed Ruth, Mark Lemminger and Logan Storley. In his last outing, he completely dominated Douglas Lima at the Bellator 260 to win the welterweight championship.
Since losing for the first time in his professional career, against Douglas Lima in 2019, Michael Page (20-1) has been on a roll, finishing four of his next six opponents by KO or TKO. He went 2-0 in 2021, avenging his only loss as a pro. At Bellator 258, Page finished off Derek Anderson via a doctor save when he landed a nasty kick and broke his nose. In the highly anticipated rematch with Lima at the Bellator 267, MVP beat his rival by split decision in his hometown of London.
Although he later campaigned for a third fight with Lima, the 34-year-old will return to that same arena to fight for the title instead.
This will be Bellator’s second show in London since the onset of the global pandemic about two years ago. A May 2020 event in London, also at the SSE Arena, has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
No further fights for the promotion’s return to the UK capital have been reported yet. Bellator is expected to launch its 2022 program later this month, with the Bellator 273 taking place in Phoenix, Arizona.