MVP is just too much for Richard Kiely to handle…

Richard Kiely talked a good game but he couldn’t back it up in the cage against the dynamic fury of Michael ‘Venom’ Page. Kiely fights out of SBG Ireland where he trains alongside Conor McGregor. MVP was definitely the biggest fight of his career so far.

Page was coming off of the back of the first defeat of his professional career after getting knocked out by Brazil’s Douglas Lima in the Bellator welterweight grand prix semi-final. He clearly saw the fight against Kiely as a chance to remind the world what he can do. And he took that opportunity well.

Check out the highlight reel finish as Page finished off Kiely with a brutal flying knee in Dublin’s 3 Arena. Now he wants a rematch with the man who beat him. It remains to be seen just how much Page’s game has developed. Page (14-1) just won against a man who came into this with a record of 3-1. To be fair it probably shouldn’t have been sanctioned.

One-Sided

Page came out to a chorus of boos in Dublin’s 3Arena. Fighting in front of a partisan crowd, he was determined to put a dent in their night and beat Richard Kiely, the hometown hero. The pair had been going back-and-forth in press conferences, even getting physical. To be fair it definitely became one of the most anticipated fights on the card.

Too bad that it was all over in one round. The fight barely lasted five minutes as Page was just too slick and dynamic for Kiely. He landed a brutal flying knee that instantly dropped his foe and the referee waved it off. Kiely tried to get back to his feet and stumbled towards Page, but he was clearly out of it.

Showboating

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Page on the night. The referee warned him to stop showboating, but he didn’t listen. So the official docked him a point. Was that really necessary? Probably not. Anyway, Page had this to say after the fight:

“I was frustrated about the whole thing but I don’t wanna talk about that. I’m so excited to be here in Dublin. These people know me as MVP, but when I’m here I’m Michael ‘Irish’ Page. Now it’s time to fight in the UK in my hometown. I don’t care who is next, I’m chasing one person and he’s fighting next month. He took that 0 from me and I have so much respect for him, but I’m coming back.”

Big Questions

While Kiely definitely isn’t the biggest name that Page has fought, it was an important step back onto the ladder for him. Page had fought a turgid fight against Paul Daley before losing to Lima. Many fans have lost patience with the Brit. Many analysts believe that he’s got a stacked record and is style over substance against better fighters.

Beating Kiely won’t have done anything to silence those critics. Kiely hoped to earn the biggest scalp of his career, but it didn’t happen. Credit where it’s due though for making people interested. Although Kiely believed that MVP was coming into this one complacent, that wasn’t the case. Instead, Page put on a display of clinical ferocity. Now he needs to prove that he can fight with the best. Bellator can’t keep protecting him.

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