Can we just get this over with? Paul Daley and Michael “Venom” Page need to fight and there’s the perfect opportunity to do it this year if the stars align.
Daley is coming off one of his biggest wins in years having knocked out Loren Larkin at Bellator 183 this past weekend. After connecting with his patented left hand multiple times and leaving Larkin cold, Daley once again took to the microphone to address his fellow Brit, Michael Page.
“Back home you got a very similar character to me, a little young boy called MVP over in the UK that keeps talking on social media.,” Daley said.
“Get that little Punk in here with me and he’s getting knocked out as well.”
Of course, This wasn’t the first time Daley called Page out. Back at Bellator London in May, Daley was defeated by Rory MacDonald in the main event.
Speaking in the cage after the fight, Daley took aim at Page who was sat cageside and called him a “P***y” in front of his home fans in London and the millions watching on national television (on tape delay *groan*).
The two then had a confrontation on their way to the back, but thankfully nothing got too out of hand and they were led out of the arena their separate ways.
So what’s the disconnect? Why isn’t the fight happening? According to Page, Daley has been offered the fight multiple times and turned it down.
In fact, Page is so keen to get his hands on Daley that he’s even offered to fight him in a kickboxing contest when the rumour surfaced after MacDonald fight that Daley was next looking to compete next under the Bellator Kickboxing banner.
Unfortunately, the news came out yesterday on Metro.co.uk that Daley was yet again backtracking on his latest callout this past Saturday.
“Not really,” Daley said when asked if he wants to fight Page next.
“It’s not the main thing on my horizon, but it’s the thing other people have spoken about. It’s something people think I’m agreeing to.”
“I want people to know that a win over Lorenz elevates me above an MVP fight. We’ll have to see what MVP does next. He’s boxing, an immediate fight is not there.’
…. no Paul, it’s what you’ve spoken about on national television multiple times now. If it’s a fight you don’t want then don’t talk it on national television.
There is some truth to Daley’s words in the fact that Page is next fighting in a boxing ring on October 20 in London. After that, the perfect date is there: December 15 in Newcastle, England on Bellator’s last European event of the year.
The fans want it, Page wants it and I’m sure Bellator want it.
The question now is whether Daley is going to back up his words or forever be the guy that walked away from the UK’s biggest ever domestic MMA fight.