Bellator 267: Lima vs. MVP 2 Preview

Michael Page and Douglas Lima pose at the Bellator 267 ceremonial weigh-ins.
Michael Page and Douglas Lima will headline Bellator 270 (Bellator MMA / Lucas Noonan)

Michael Page only has one pro loss. In an attempt to avenge the sole blemish on his record, he will rematch Douglas Lima on Friday night at Bellator 267. The fight headlines an event that will be the promotion’s first appearance at the SSE Arena in London, England since 2019.

Here’s a full preview of the card.

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Preliminary Card (1:00PM EDT / 6:00PM BST) (Youtube)

Bout 1: Khurshed Kakhorov (7-0) vs. Jair Junior (6-2) (Bantamweight)

Bantamweight finisher Khurshed Kakhorov will face Jair Junior in the first bout of the prelims.

Kakhorov has gone undefeated in his four-year pro career. He has a tendency to finish fights, having stopped six of his seven opponents. He last fought in May, defeating Sylvain Sommereisen in Germany.

Junior is making his first appearance since 2019. He has fought around the world, including fights in Chinese promotions Glory of Heroes and Kunlun Fight.

Bout 2: Chiara Penco (5-3) vs. Katharina Dalisda (5-2) (Strawweight)

Bellator will host a rare strawweight pairing when Chiara Penco takes on Katharina Dalisda on the prelims.

Penco is no stranger to Bellator’s European events, having competed on them twice last year. She has lost three of her last five and is currently coming off a submission loss that took place in July.

Dalisda had a five-fight winning streak broken in July, as she lost a decision to undefeated Danni Neilan.

Bout 3: Fabacary Diatta (7-0) vs. Nathan Rose (7-3) (Featherweight)

Returning in hopes of scoring a second Bellator victory, undefeated featherweight Fabacary Diatta will meet Nathan Rose.

Diatta won his Bellator debut just under a year ago, going three rounds against Dominique Wooding for a scorecard win. He got the Bellator call-up after scoring six wins in the “100% Fight” promotion.

Rose is coming back to Bellator in the hopes of ending a two-fight losing streak. While he won his Bellator debut in early 2019 against Ranjeet Baria, he returned later that year twice, losing to Luke Ord and Harry Hardwick.

Rose’s appearance on Friday will be his first in nearly two years.

Bout 4: Jack Grant (17-7) vs. Nathan Jones (13-10) (Welterweight)

Cage Warriors veteran Jack Grant will make his Bellator debut on Friday’s undercard, facing Nathan Jones at welterweight.

Grant has fought on the European regional scene for his entire career. He has been part of the Cage Warriors roster since 2017, fighting some of the best names in the promotion. While he has switched between winning and losing in his last six, two of those losses came against now-UFC fighters Jai Herber and Ian Garry.

Jones has appeared in Bellator before, defeating Umer Kayani on a card back in 2017. He then went on a four-fight losing streak, bounced back with two wins, then lost a decision in early 2020.

Bout 5: Elina Kallionidou (7-4) vs. Petra Castkova (4-3) (Flyweight)

Both attempting to score their first Bellator win, Elina Kallionidou and Petra Castkova will fight.

Kallionidou has fought in Bellator four times, losing in every appearance. She last competed in February of 2020, getting defeated by Bec Rawlings.

Castkova lost her Bellator debut back in 2018, getting stopped by now-flyweight champ Denise Kielholtz. While she has been inactive as of late, Castkova has bounced back from that loss with a 2019 win over Vladlena Yavorskaya on an XFN card.

Bout 6: Kane Mousah (13-3) vs. Davy Gallon (18-7-2) (Lightweight)

Experienced lightweights Kane Mousah and Davy Gallon will compete high-up on Friday’s prelims.

Mousah has been a regular in Bellator recently, having scored two wins and one loss since joining the roster in 2019. His last win was in October 2020, where he defeated Alessandro Botti in Italy.

Gallon is making his first Bellator appearance. The promotion has been trying to book him since May 2020, although COVID-19 protocols have forced him off two cards.

Gallon is on a two-fight win streak from 2019.

Bout 7: Lewis Long (18-6) vs. Michael Dubois (11-7) (Welterweight)

The prelims will wrap up with a welterweight clash between Lewis Long and Michael Dubois.

Long has been a flashy fighter in his three Bellator appearances. His two wins in the promotion have come via submission, including a rare kneebar against Gianni Melillo last year. His loss was a spinning backfist knockout to Oliver Enkamp.

Dubois is making the move to Bellator after losing two consecutive bouts in KSW in 2019.

Main Card (4:00PM EDT / 9:00PM BST) (Showtime)

Bout 8: Yves Landu (16-8) vs. Tim Wilde (13-4) (Lightweight)

The main card will open with a lightweight clash between Yves Landu and Tim Wilde.

Landu was one of the highlights during Bellator’s trip to France last year, as he scored a flying knee knockout over Terry Brazier in the first round. The win was his promotional debut, but was only part of an extensive career that dates back to more than a decade ago.

Like many fighters on this card, Wilde will be fighting for the first time in over a year. His last outing saw him pick up his first Bellator win, getting the decision nod over Charlie Leary in late 2019.

Bout 9: Luke Trainer (4-0) vs. Yannick Bahati (9-5) (Light Heavyweight)

Light heavyweight prospect Luke Trainer has the chance to earn his second Bellator win when facing Yannick Bahati on Friday.

Trainer had a dominant showing in his Bellator debut last year, putting away Alex O’Toole in just over a minute with ground and pound strikes.

Bahati has lost four of his past five fights. He battled Melvin Manhoef in 2019, getting stopped by the notable veteran within a round.

Bout 10: Robert Whiteford (16-4) vs. Andrew Fisher (18-8-1) (Featherweight)

Featherweight veterans Robert Whiteford and Andrew Fisher will return to the Bellator cage as part of Friday’s main card.

Whiteford has gone undefeated since departing the UFC roster in 2016. He earned his fourth consecutive in November 2019, defeating Sam Sicilia to win his Bellator debut. Making his first appearance that win, Whiteford will aim to score another Bellator victory on Friday.

In weirdly similar circumstances, Fisher is also on a four-fight winning streak, with his most recent fight being a win in Bellator. While there are similarities, there are also differences.

Fisher is coming back after less of a layoff. His last fight was just under a year ago, as he defeated Ashleigh Grimshaw during the promotion’s residency in Italy.

Bout 11: Leah McCourt (5-1) vs. Jessica Borga (3-3) (Featherweight)

Fighting to continue her strong campaign in Bellator, Leah McCourt will fight in the co-main event against Jessica Borga.

McCourt has made a name for herself since joining the Bellator roster in 2019. She has fought four times in the promotion, going undefeated and finishing three of her opponents. Her last fight was in May, where she secured a second-round triangle choke against Janay Harding in her U.S. debut.

Borga enters the weekend with an even pro record of three wins and three losses. Her first Bellator appearance was just earlier this year, as she lost a bout to Talita Nogueira in April.

Bout 12: Douglas Lima (32-9) vs. Michael Page (19-1) (Welterweight)

In a rematch that was years in the making, Michael Page will meet Douglas Lima in a three-round main event fight.

Lima and Page first met two years ago in the semi-finals of the promotion’s welterweight grand prix. Lima became the first man to defeat Page in that bout, scoring a brutal uppercut knockout just a minute into the second round.

Lima went on defeat Rory MacDonald in the grand finals of the tournament to become the Bellator Welterweight Champion. He is entering Friday on a two-fight losing streak, as he failed to claim a middleweight belt against Gegard Mousasi last year, and dropped his 170-pound belt to Yaroslav Amosov in June.

Page has been calling out Lima frequently as of late, being vocal about wanting a second go at the former champ. He has built up a win streak since his first loss, defeating mostly lesser experienced opponents in dominant performances. He scored his fifth consecutive victory in May, stopping Derek Anderson in the first round due to a head kick that caused a broken nose.

On Friday, Page has a chance to essentially reset his record, taking back the one loss he has. On the other side, Lima finds himself desperate to get back to winning ways after two unsuccessful title bouts.

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