Bellator president Scott Coke just confirmed that Bellator 179 would be a title eliminator in the welterweight division with the much-anticipated comeback of fan-favourite Rory MacDonald, taking on Nottingham native and Fightlab sponsored athlete Paul Semtex Daley at Wembley’s SSE Arena
Fans’ were quite disappointed at missing out on an all-British main event between Daley and rising star Michael “Venom” Page but were also had the excitement of the Red King’s long-awaited return.
MacDonald was the promotion’s marquee free agent signing in the summer, promising to secure the welterweight and middleweight championships with Coker’s resurgent Bellator.
But both Daley and Coker vowed that a fight with MVP is very much on the cards – “possibly even in 2017” according to the head honcho.
Tension between Daley and Page was clear to see during a feisty media event in London earlier today, sewing the seeds for a potential barnburner of a fight later this year or 2018 that would be held potentially in the UK.
Page, undefeated in his 12 professional MMA fights spoke of his disappointment at Daley’s decision to take the MacDonald fight over him.
“Everyone online could see what I wanted, I wanted Paul to get into the cage and step up. I think that would have been a much bigger fight for the UK." MVP said.
“Let’s get it right, It would be Mike stepping up, it wouldn’t be me stepping up. It would be him stepping up. When Michael was fighting in trousers for orange juice and sandwiches, I was getting paid the same purse he’s getting paid now.” snarled Daley in reply.
Coker stopped short of confirming a match-up between the two happening in the UK, but said: “It’s a fight that makes sense here.”