Page (13-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) returned from a career-long layoff at Bellator 200 and ran through David Rickels (19-5 MMA, 13-5 BMMA) for a second-round finish to stay undefeated. Just moments after the fight was waved off, Daley (40-16-2 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) issued a formal social media callout to his rival (via Twitter):
The wagons for a Daley vs. Page fight have been circling for more than a year. The pair of Brits have exchanged endless words, and even got into a post-fight confrontation at a Bellator event more than a year ago.
Although both fighters have had moments when they’ve dismissed the matchup and said the time for it has passed, it’s clear Daley wants it now more than ever. “Semtex” is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Jon Fitch at Bellator 199 earlier this month, but that doesn’t seem to have simmered public interest in the fight.
Page ignored the idea of fighting Daley in the lead-up to beating Rickels in the Bellator 200 co-headliner, which aired on Paramount via tape-delay at The SSE Arena in London. He’s most recently said that if it happens, it will be under his terms. With Daley’s latest callout, it remains to be seen if Page will have renewed interest in bringing the bout to fruition.
With Bellator having a strong commitment to the United Kingdom market, a Daley vs. Page fight would seem poised to be a significant attraction for an event back in London or elsewhere in England.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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