Michael Page (UK) vs Mike Perry (USA)
Wembley Arena, London. England
On the night of August 21, the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship will take place in London, England. In the main event, Michael "MVP" Page and Mike "Platinum" Perry will fight on bare knuckles.
This will be one of the brightest events the league has ever organized. Well, absolutely - two of the brightest stars of Bellator and the UFC will meet in bare-knuckle fights. Page is making his debut in this format, and Perry has two fights in this format (both times he won).Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
Michael Page is one of Bellator's most valuable assets, but in his previous fight in the league, he lost to Logan Storley. That says nothing, as the fight and Storley's desire to dumbly lay his opponent down decided everything then. In a bare-knuckle boxing bout, things would be different, Page's territory here - he's won most of his MMA victories by knockouts. True, his excellent leg kicks will be banned, but Page's hands aren't bad either, and his footwork is simply divine.
He has yet to be crowned Bellator champion, but Scott Coker is very loyal to his fighters' performances outside of the league (unlike the UFC) and let Michael go to his homeland to earn some money.
After eighteen fights for Bellator, we let Michael Page test himself outside of our cage and wish him the best of luck before the start of another title run at Bellator.
For Page, bare knuckles are a separate, interesting story, and he's pretty serious about it.
Perry, I want to see what happens when I start beating you up and splitting your face open. I wonder what happens then. Nimble, little snake, I'm coming for you. You should start worrying, Mike. I'm a real psychopath!
Mike Perry is a UFC legend. He was there for a long time, he performed brilliantly, and his fans loved him. If he won, it was by knockouts. If he lost, it was by decisions. After a series of defeats, he left the league and had two fights in a new but comfortable for him format - by the rules of Triad Combat and by the rules of Bare Knuckle.
Even though Perry already has experience in bare-knuckle fights and has a wild fury and a desire to fight to the end, bookmakers see his opponent as the favorite.
As long as I have respect for the sport and find myself in the sport, I find that rhythm in the sport, one hundred percent, I will be a different beast in this area. There are certain things I have to fix. I don't lose sight of that. But once I get it right, it becomes a problem for anybody who gets in front of me.
Expert Betting Tips
Bare Knuckle rules prohibit kicking, which could be a problem for Michael Page. The hand-to-hand chopping is expected to be incredible, and Perry has an incredible spirit. Plus, Mike's experience, he knows what bare knuckles are and has adapted to them, and how Page hits without gloves is unknown (and the chance of getting a hand injury in the heat and from lack of familiarity is also high).
Here are three reasons for bettors to hope for an upset. Bookmakers offer odds of 2.97 on Mike Perry's win and 1.34 on Michael Page's win.