Bellator London: MVP vs Anderson Live: MMA Fighting main card has Bellator London results for the MVP vs. Melillo event Saturday at the SSE Arena in London, England. In the main event, Michael “Venom”
Page will square off against Giovanni Melillo in a welterweight contest
Bellator MMA is heading back to London once again this year in preparation for their stacked Bellator London 2 card
MMA Fighting has Bellator London results for the MVP vs. Melillo event Saturday at the SSE Arena in London, England.
In the main event, Michael “Venom” Page will square off against Giovanni Melillo in a welterweight contest. Page is looking for his second straight victory.
Check out the Bellator London results below.
Bellator London 2: “MVP vs. Melillo” goes down this Saturday (Nov. 23, 2019) at SSE Arena in London, England. The main event sees feared Welterweight striker, Michael “Venom” Page (15-1), face off with Giovanni “The Punisher” Melillo (13-4) in a potential three-round war.
Hold up … Giovanni who? Earlier this year “The Barbaric” Derek Anderson (16-3, 1 NC) was scheduled to face “MVP” on this card, but less than a week ago Anderson pulled out for undisclosed reasons, forcing Bellator MMA to re-shuffle the deck.
As revealed by @standardsport, @Michaelpage247 has a new opponent for #BellatonLondon on Nov. 23rd following the withdrawal of Derek Anderson. https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/michael-venom-page-to-take-on-giovanni-melillo-in-bellator-london-main-event-after-derek-anderson-a4287541.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1573810594 …
Revealed: Michael ‘Venom’ Page’s new opponent for Bellator London
Michael ‘Venom’ Page will take on Giovanni Melillo in the Bellator London main event after Derek Anderson was forced to withdraw through injury. Bellator officials have scrambled to find a new
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Bellator MMA subsequently confirmed a report from the Evening Standard that Melillo would take Anderson’s place. “The Punisher” has a 3-3 record over his last six fights, but does boast a 77 percent finishing rate in his 13 wins, with eight knockouts and two submissions.
In size and stature, though, Giovanni is little match at 5’11” for the long and lanky 6’3” Page, who will undoubtedly look to add another highlight reel knockout to his long list of finishes. One could also hope he’d show a little more decorum doing so than in his last fight.
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Bellator MMA’s return to England, and final European card of 2019, went down Saturday, as Bellator: London featured Michael Page vs. Giovanni Melillo. The event, airing exclusively on the Bellator App for those in North America, featured MVP, plus prospects like Soren Bak and Fabian Edwards.
Ahead of the main card, there was plenty of action on the prelims, as names like Charlie Ward and Bellator Kickboxing champ Denise Kielholtz were in action.
The preliminary card kicks off at 11:30AM ET. Check below for the Bellator London: MVP vs Anderson Live stream, plus full results!
Bellator: “London 2” comes to SSE Arena in London, England, this weekend (Sat., Nov. 23, 2019), featuring one of the most brutal knockout artists of the Welterweight division going up against a late replacement on home soil. God save the Queen.
Let’s break it down:
170 lbs.: Michael Page (15-1) vs. Giovanni Melillo (13-4)
Even though Michael Page got humbled in the Welterweight Grand Prix, the formerly undefeated fighter quickly bounced back with a win at Bellator 227 in the most flagrant manner possible. If it seems like controversy walks hand in hand with “Venom” you’re not mistaken. It’s also the very thing that makes him a superstar amongst mere mortals, so if you expect him to stop behaving like a bad boy any time soon you’ll be disappointed.
The only way for Melillo to win this fight is to cool his jets and take Anderson every bit as seriously as he deserves. That’s a tall order given that he’s lost two of his last three fights by technical knockout and he’s taking this fight as a late replacement for “Barbaric” Derek Anderson. I wish I could say I believe that an upset is possible, but you couldn’t make me place that bet with a knife to my back.
Final prediction: Michael Page via first round knockout
185 lbs.: Fabian Edwards (8-0) vs. Michael Shipman (13-2)
Known by friends and enemies alike as “The Assassin,” Fabian Edwards has lived up to the billing by running up an unblemished record that includes three knockouts and three submissions. At 6’1” with a 79.5” reach, Edwards could easily transition to being a top Light Heavyweight if he wanted to, which is undoubtedly what makes him such a “killer” in the 185 pound class. While a win in Saturday’s main event won’t necessarily propel him to a title shot so young in his career, it could help him earn a No. 1 contender’s fight down the road.
Michael “Seabass” Shipman was in that position himself a short while ago. Having amassed a string of 13 straight wins from 2014-2018, Shipman was primed and presented to be a contender who just had to amass one or two more fights on the bigger Bellator stage to be in the mix. That started out well enough at Bellator 210, but after having his bell rung by Costello van Steenis at Bellator 223, it was van Steenis who got the contender’s bout. It is a credit to Shipman’s long winning streak that he can main event after such a damaging loss.
Shipman’s got a hard night’s work ahead of him. He’ll be giving up size to Edwards at just 5’10,” and he’ll be haunted by his loss in this same venue a few months ago in June. He’s a hell of a finisher though with eight knockouts and five submissions, more than doubling Edwards in one category and almost doing it in the other. Edwards achieved all of his wins in either Bellator or BAMMA, while Shipman put in yeoman’s work grinding his way through the regional circuit to make the big leagues. The mixture of quality opponents to also-rans in their victories “is virtually identical” as Mike Goldberg says, which makes it inevitable that the two would eventually collide in a fight like this. As another Goldberg was once told by Scott Steiner though, “SIZE MATTERS.”
Final prediction: Fabian Edwards wins via second round flying knee knockout
155 lbs.: Terry Brazier (11-2) vs. Soren Bak (12-1)
We’ve got a lot of characters with a lot of colorful nicknames on this card and “The Dominator” Terry Brazier and “The True Viking” Soren Bak are no exception. The latter likes to throw a wolf pelt around his shoulders to celebrate a win, and he’s had five straight occasions to do that leading to his first Bellator appearance. Brazier had a longer nine fight winning streak in his own right until Chris Bungard snapped it in Newcastle this February. Brazier has four knockouts and three submissions, Bak has two knockouts and six submissions. So who stands, who falls, who crowds the halls? Given that Brazier has a huge size advantage at 6’0” to 5’9” and I just said that “SIZE MATTERS” I think Richard Walters will be escorting Soren back to where the deejay calls
Bellator returns to the capital this weekend with Michael ‘Venom’ Page headlining the card in front of a hometown crowd.
After breezing past Richard Kiely with a devastating flying knee finish in Dublin in September, Page makes a swift return to the cage to take on late stand-in Giovanni Melillo..
As revealed by Standard Sport, the Italian welterweight took the fight on eight days’ notice after original opponent Derek Anderson was forced to withdraw through injury.
Elsewhere on the card, Fabian Edwards, younger brother of UFC welterweight contender Leon, meets middleweight rival Mike Shipman in a genuine grudge match in their chief support act.