Michael Venom Page has won another fight against somebody you’ve probably never heard of. He took on Gianni Melillo in front of a partisan crowd in London. This was always going to be an uphill task for Melillo who had taken this fight on two weeks notice. But it didn’t end well for him at all.
At the moment Page is on his quest for redemption after he was stopped by current welterweight champion Douglas Lima. The Brazilian was arguably MVP’s first truly elite opponent and put the Londoner to sleep with a stern knockout. Page rebounded with a KO victory over SBG Ireland’s Richard Kiely.
Now he has added Melillo to his highlight reel. Page will continue to try and climb back up the ladder towards contention. However, as Costa warned him, it will take bigger scalps than these men to get him another title shot. Is this the most padded record in MMA? Also, credit to Twitter page McNally for the hilarious videos.
— Simon Head (@simonhead) November 24, 2019
MVP is known for his flashy yet effective fighting style. He’s a former kickboxer and that shows in his unorthodox movement. Bouncing lightly on the balls of his feet, he moves a bit like Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson. However, unlike Thompson, Page is much more flamboyant with his attacks.
Melillo found this out the hard way. In short, he was like a deer in the headlights with MVP in front of him. First of all, he came towards Page with aggression. But that proved to be a big mistake because MVP timed a perfect right hand to melt his opponent. It was yet another highlight-reel finish for the London Shoot fighter. However, criticism cannot be avoided.
— MacMally? (@MacMallyMMA) November 23, 2019
One man who has no time for Page is his fellow Brit Paul Daley. The UFC veteran and Bellator star has no respect for the types of opponent MVP is fighting, because they’re basically not good enough. In short, he thinks that MVP has been protected for too long. To sum up, Daly thinks he’s overrated and not an elite fighter.
“This is ridiculous. You can’t continually beat these kinds of opponents. Yes, he knocks them out, but he’s expected to knock them out. What does this prove? The fact that he knocked out a guy nobody will remember? It proves nothing. It proves nothing at all. Why didn’t he do that to me? Why didn’t he do that to Douglas Lima? Because he’s not of that calibre.”
In short… ouch.
Oh shit Bellator is randomly shooting contracts into the crowd to sign MVP’s and Dillon Danis’s next opponents. https://t.co/5dAY4eVoBO
— MacMally? (@MacMallyMMA) November 24, 2019
For full results from a night of action at Bellator: London, see below.
Michael “Venom” Page def. Giovanni Melillo by KO.
Fabian Edwards def. Mike Shipman by split decision.
Søren Bak def. Terry Brazier by unanimous decision.
Denise Kielholtz def. Sabriye Sengul by submission.
Tim Wilde def. Charlie Leary by unanimous decision.
Pietro Penini def. Charlie Ward by unanimous decision.
Robert Whiteford def. Sam Sicilia by KO.
Lewis Long def. Walter Gahadza by submission.
Chris Bungard def. Benjamin Brander submission.
Kent Kauppinen def. Andy Manzolo by submission.
Alfie Davis def. Alessandro Botti by unanimous decision.
Kevin Fryer def. George Tokkos via unanimous decision.
Aiden Lee def. Damian Frankiewicz by submission.
Jeremy Petley def. Tom Mearns by unanimous decision.
Harry Hardwick def. Nathan Rose by majority decision.
Akonne Wanliss def. Tim Barnett by submission.
Raphael Uchegbu def. Shane Campbell by submission.
Charlotte McIntyre def. Josie Blaber by TKO.