Bellator MMA 267: Lima Vs. MVP 2 Virtual London Quotes

Kicking off a mammoth month of outstanding BELLATOR MMA action, former three-time BELLATOR Welterweight Champion and current No. 1-ranked contender Douglas “The Phenom” Lima (32-9) will square off in a much-anticipated rematch against No. 2-ranked Michael “Venom” Page (19-1) in the main event of BELLATOR MMA 267: Lima vs MVP 2, Friday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m. ET live on SHOWTIME from The SSE Arena, Wembley in London.

During their initial encounter as the co-feature of BELLATOR MMA 221 nearly two-and-half years ago on May 11, 2019, in Rosemont, Ill., Lima advanced to the final of the BELLATOR Welterweight World Grand Prix by scoring a devasting knockout over MVP at 35 seconds of the second round.

SHOWTIME will televise the phenomenal five-bout BELLATOR MMA 267: Lima vs MVP 2 main card live at 4 p.m. ET. Additionally, all eight preliminary fights will stream live three hours earlier at 1 p.m. ET on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel, SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and Pluto TV.

In the fantastic featherweight co-feature, Irish phenom and No. 5 contender Leah McCourt (5-1) hopes to run her unbeaten streak to six and continue her ascension to the top of the BELLATOR rankings when she takes on hard-hitting Jessica “The Black Widow” Borga (3-3) of Lakeland, Fla.

Here is what the fighters had to say on Wednesday, Sept. 29:

DOUGLAS LIMA: No. 1-ranked BELLATOR Welterweight Contender

“I am expecting the same [as the first fight]. He (MVP) is very crafty, and he moves a lot. I expect him to stay on the outside more and not allow me to close the distance. But, at the end of the day, I see the same fighter as last time and I expect the same result.”

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“I do not agree he (MVP) was winning the [first] fight. The only thing he did was that one punch. I landed on him and was on top of him for the first round. I guess it is good for his mental [health] to convince himself he was winning, but I know how it was going, and I was winning. The same will happen Friday night.”

“This will not be the first time I fight someone on their home turf. To me, the cage is the same, and I am just focused on my opponent. Whether I get boos or cheers, the crowd never gets to me, but I am excited to fight in front of them. I have the cardio to go five rounds. This is a three rounder for the first time in a long time, which means I can push the pace more in this fight. I will be ready to go Friday night.”

MICHAEL “VENOM” PAGE: No. 2-ranked BELLATOR Welterweight Contender

“I have evolved, he (Lima) is stuck in his ways. Since we last fought, he has not done anything in his fights that shows me he is different or got better. On the other hand, I have evolved and changed my diet and training to become a completely new, faster, and better fighter.”

“I love striking and prefer that, but if I am not capable anywhere else, it takes away from my striking. If I get taken down and can’t get back up, then what does my striking do? I need to be well-rounded in order to be complete. I actually enjoy Jiu-Jitsu, though. It allows my creative personality to flourish.”

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“My personality has always been quite petty. If someone gets me with a takedown, I must get you back. If it’s a submission, I have to get you back. And, in this case a loss, then I have to get you back. I am looking forward to getting this loss back and showing how much I have improved since our last fight.”

LEAH MCCOURT: No. 5-ranked BELLATOR Women’s Featherweight Contender

“Jessica (Borga) is a tough opponent. In female MMA, the record does not always dictate how good an opponent really is. She has a lot of excellent finishes and a very similar style to me. She is going to bring the best out of me. Even though it may be a tough fight, I know I will come out on top.”

“I am always just focused on the next fight. It is inevitable that I will get the title shot, so I am making sure I am the best I can possibly be when I get that opportunity. So, until then, I am focused on being the best me every time I fight.”

“Being in London makes my fight week so much better and so much more relaxed. I was supposed to fight in London in May, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic, so this is a dream. The crowd will be crazy due to the awesome main event, and I can’t wait to put on a show for them.”

JESSICA BORGA: BELLATOR Women’s Featherweight Contender

“I have nothing to lose. Every time I fight, I try my hardest and put everything on the line. She (Leah McCourt) has posted some stuff on social media that was disrespectful, and I look forward to making her pay for that. I always respect my opponent, but I plan on defeating her Friday night.”

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“Being the underdog doesn’t faze me at all. I have been the underdog my whole career and have overcome it every time. I am used to fighting people expecting to beat me. I have actually started feeding off that. I am going to come out ready and push the pace. I plan to be fast, accurate and smart.”

BELLATOR MMA 267: LIMA VS. MVP 2 MAIN CARD:

SHOWTIME (U.S.) / BBC iPlayer (U.K.) / Virgin Media Two & Virgin Media Sport (IRELAND)

Friday, Oct. 1, 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT

Welterweight Main Event: No. 1 Douglas Lima (32-9) vs. No. 2 Michael Page (19-1)

Featherweight Bout: No. 5-ranked Contender Leah McCourt (5-1) vs. Jessica Borga (3-3)

Featherweight Bout: Robert Whiteford (16-4) vs. Andrew Fisher (18-8-1)

Light Heavyweight Bout: Luke Trainer (4-0) vs. Yannick Bahati (9-5, 1 NC)

Lightweight Bout: Yves Landu (16-8) vs. Tim Wilde (13-4)

BELLATOR MMA 267: LIMA VS. MVP 2 PRELIMINARY CARD:

BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel | SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel | Pluto TV (US)

BBC iPlayer (UK) | Virgin Media Two & Virgin Media Sport (IRELAND)

Friday, Oct. 1, 1:00 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT

 

Welterweight Bout: Lewis Long (18-6) vs. Michael Dubois (11-7)

Lightweight Bout: Kane Mousah (13-3) vs. Davy Gallon (18-7-2)  

Flyweight Bout: Elina Kallionidou (7-4) vs. Petra Castkova (4-3)

Lightweight Bout: Charlie Leary (17-11-1) vs. Benjamin Brander (13-8)

Welterweight Bout: Jack Grant (17-7) vs. Nathan Jones (13-10)

Featherweight Bout: Fabacary Diatta (7-0) vs. Nathan Rose (7-3)

Strawweight Bout: Chiara Penco (5-3) vs. Katharina Dalisda (5-2)

Bantamweight Bout: Khurshed Kakhorov (7-0) vs. Jair Junior (7-2)


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