After a ten-year run under the Bellator banner, the organization’s No. 2 welterweight, Michael Page, is ready to test the market as a free agent.
The British fighter announced this in the next issue of the MMA Hour program.
“At the moment I am officially unemployed,” Page said. “I think it’s time to explore all available options. This does not mean that I will not return to Bellator. I just want to know what other people think of me.”
According to Page, after he fought the last fight, the contract was valid for several more months, during which the management of the organization did not try to renew it, which came as a surprise to him. According to the Briton, this is due to the sale of the organization, which is already being spoken about in plain text.
“I think this is due to the sale of the organization and the transfer of rights to new owners. It seems to me that they missed something, but apparently, everything happens for a reason. Now I have the opportunity to explore the market and make a decision that suits me”
Last week it was reported that the owner of Bellator MMA, the American media conglomerate Viacom, is close to an agreement with the PFL league, which is ready to buy this asset. According to rumors, the Bellator 299 tournament, which will be held on September 23 in Dublin, may be the last event in the history of the organization.
36-year-old Michael Page had his last fight in the organization in March of this year, already at the 26th second, finishing with a technical knockout of the Japanese Goichi Yamauchi. Thus, the Briton closed the defeat from Logan Storley, whom he lost by a split decision in the fight for the interim Bellator championship belt. In 2019, MVP made an unsuccessful attempt to take the reigning title from Douglas Lima, losing to the Brazilian by knockout in the second round.