The history between Page (13-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) and Daley (40-1-6-2 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) goes back several years, and the distain between the two British athletes is real. They will finally get the chance to settle their differences, though, and the stakes are significant as the matchup serves as an opening-round fight in the Bellator welterweight grand prix.
“MVP” believes in his skillset going into the contest, but he thinks mental superiority will be the difference inside the cage later this month. Essentially, Page views Daley as a loose canon, and he thinks his history validates that premise.
“He’s lost the plot,” Page said in a promotional video for Bellator 216. “For me, he’s very impulsive. He’s very childish. … I can’t remember how many years ago now he was in the UFC, hit someone after the fight was done because he lost. He’s childish, and that’s exactly what he’s shown again. He has not grown in the however many years it’s been. It’s probably been over 10 years, and he still has not grown.”
Bellator 216 takes place Feb. 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Page vs. Daley headlines the main card, which streams on DAZN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Page has outclassed nearly ever foe he’s come across in MMA en route to a 13-fight winning streak. Daley is by far his most credentialed and credible opponent, though, and on paper it should be the toughest fight Page has been involved in so far.
However, that’s not how he’s viewing it. Page has little respect for Daley, and if that’s not evident in the build up to Bellator 216, he said it certainly will be by the end of the fight.
“He’s still a child,” Page said. “This is why I’m going to treat him like a child when I get in that cage with him. ‘Tampax,’ you’re a moron.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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