Douglas Lima is ready to crash Michael ‘Venom’ Page’s London homecoming at Bellator 267 as Brazilian vows to solve Brit’s ‘puzzle’ and claims his rival will be haunted by memories of his brutal knockout in 2019
- Douglas Lima is confident he can rain on Michael Page’s parade in London
- The Brazilian, 33, handed his British rival his only career defeat back in 2019
- Having lost his last two fights, Lima is looking for a kickstart in the capital
- Lima says he has Page’s ‘number’ and is ready to solve his ‘puzzle’ again
It may be a bleak Monday morning in London, but nothing can quash Douglas Lima’s spirit when he steps on the bus for a little tour around the city.
‘It’s my second time in London,’ he tells Sportsmail. ‘[The bad weather] is normal but I still like it, you guys may not like it but I do!’
Lima, 33, arrives in the capital with a serious intent to pour cold water on Michael ‘Venom’ Page’s homecoming. A hostile reception awaits the Brazilian at the SSE Arena this Friday night, but Bellator’s former welterweight king is confident he can emulate the likes of Oleksandr Usyk and Jorge Masvidal in causing an upset.
Douglas Lima is ready to crash Michael ‘Venom’ Page’s homecoming in London on Friday
‘I don’t mind it at all, I think I perform better when I fight in other people’s country,’ he insists. ‘Every time I fight outside of the States I just feel better. I enjoy myself because I like seeing new places, it’s a different vibe and it doesn’t bother me at all.
‘There’s no pressure, just go there and perform, it doesn’t matter. Thousands, millions of people yelling, I take it like they are yelling for me. I have got to take the best out of the worst situations.’
It won’t just be the 12,500 spectators inside Wembley Arena looking to unsettle Lima. The Brazilian was able to keep his cool amid Page’s showboating antics last time they met, and is confident he can see through the facade and solve the elusive Brit’s ‘puzzle’ once more.
The Brazilian (left) is relishing his status as outsider in Page’s (right) hometown this week
Back in 2019, Lima handed the showboating Brit his first, and only, defeat with a knockout
‘I think it affects everyone else he fought because they get mad and fall into that trap. He gets people to react but me? No. I will keep composed the whole fight. I don’t care what he does, I am going to do my fight.
‘That’s not going to work with me. When I’m there I don’t even see it, I am so focused on him. I am looking in his eyes the whole time. The fight is in the cage, you can curse me out but nothing changes.
‘He is a puzzle. I have solved that puzzle before, many people tried and many people didn’t, I am the only one that did it and I plan to do it again. I think I have got his number.’
It is not unfair to suggest that Lima is in need of a kickstart in London. The 33-year-old is currently on a two-fight skid, but the Brazilian’s ‘hunger’ to reclaim his 170-pound title has served as motivation heading into Bellator 267.
Lima is confident he can solve the ‘puzzle’ again, and believes Page is haunted by the loss
DOUGLAS LIMA: LAST FIVE FIGHTS
– Defeat vs Yaroslav Amosov
– Defeat vs Gegard Mousasi
– Victory vs Rory MacDonald
– Victory vs Michael Page
– Victory vs Andrey Koreshkov
‘I am always hungry, if I am not hungry I am not going to fight anymore,’ Lima says. ‘A lot of times things don’t click in the cage, especially last time [against Yaroslav Amosov]. But you just can’t keep me down.
‘If I am not motivated I’m not doing it anymore. I still have the love for it. The training is still the same, [I am] not changing anything, I am still doing my job.
‘It was more a mental thing, these losses, that is what I learned from them. But I am not cutting corners, I am doing my job. Nothing is going to faze me.’
Page enters Friday’s fight in confident mood, having won his last five fights, yet Lima believes that memories of their last match-up will linger in the Brit’s mind come fight night.
‘Honestly, when you get knocked out like that – that thing went viral, the whole world saw it – I think he still thinks about it, it’s still in the back of his head.
‘For me, it was just a fight, just a win, a nice knockout but a regular win. I don’t focus too much on that, I know I am fighting a different Michael Page now, that’s in the past and right now I have got to focus on Friday night.’
A win on Friday night puts Lima in the driving seat to fight for Amosov’s welterweight title. The Brazilian lost to his Ukrainian rival earlier this summer, and he is desperate to reclaim the belt to fulfil his ambitions of retiring as a champion.
‘I want that belt back,’ he insists. ‘I am just used to being a champion, I love it. If the belt is not the goal what am I doing here? I am not here to be another fighter, I want to retire a champion and be a legend in the sport.
Lima is determined to regain his title and knows a win on Friday will set him up for a shot
‘I want to stay busy. Who knows how much longer I have in this sport? Getting older, there’s crazy injuries that happen so a quick turnaround is fine. MVP in London? That’s fine with me, see me there. Right now, he is the guy that will get me to the title.’
Victory over Page in 2019 sent Lima into a title fight and now the 33-year-old will hope that history repeats itself this time around. As far he is concerned, there is no chance that this blockbuster rematch lasts the full three rounds.
‘There’s no way, we are both bangers, both finishers, so when you combine two styles like that it is usually finished with a knockout. Maybe second round, same as last time. Feel it out in the first and second round I finish him.’
Watch Bellator 267: Lima vs. MVP 2 live on BBC iPlayer from 5:30pm BST on Friday, October 1
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