Bellator London took place this past Saturday, with Michael Venom Page winning the main event. Knocking out Gianni Melillo in the first round, Page made it two in a row since his first career loss to Douglas Lima. In the co-main event, it was Fabian Edwards getting a split decision win over Michael Shipman. Starting the main card off, Soren Bak earned himself a decision win over Terry Brazier. Let’s take a look into who is next for these Bellator London winners.
Michael Venom Page
MVP’s original Bellator London opponent, Derek Anderson, fell out of the bout about a week or so before the fight, leaving Bellator scrambling to look for replacement fighters. One of the fighters they considered was Curtis Millender. Millender is looking to return to Bellator and volunteered to take the fight against Page via social media. Notably, Millender had been unexpectedly cut from the UFC a few weeks prior. Eventually, Bellator landed on Gianni Melillo to replace Anderson. Which still brings up the question, how would a fight between Millender and Page go? Unless Bellator is currently looking for Page to have a rematch with Douglas Lima, Page would be an amazing first test in Bellator for Millender.
MVP’s Next Fight: Curtis Millender
A split decision win can always be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it could mean that the fight was just that good, a fight that was hard to decide. On the pther, it leaves the door open for the losing fighter to argue that the judging was off. Which is exactly what Michael Shipman is saying following his split decision loss to Edwards this past Saturday. Bellator may be looking to set up a rematch but, if Edwards is still looking to move forward in the division he should probably look for a new rival. Maybe look in the direction of John Salter, who just got a decision win over Costello Van Steenis. Salter is a Bellator vet who is 7-1 under the Bellator banner. With an overall record of 17-4, Salter would be a huge step up for the 9-0 Edwards. Taking him one step closer to chasing down that middleweight title.
Edward’s Next Fight: John Salter
Last Saturday’s win over Terry Brazier pushed Bak’s record to 14-1. He’s undefeated in his Cage Warriors and Bellator careers. Bak holds wins over Brazier, Paddy Pimblett, and Martin Stapleton. Which from a popularity standpoint should put him close to the top of the lightweight division. Also coming off a very impressive win back in mid-November is Bellator newcomer, Sidney Outlaw. In this fight, Outlaw won a decisive decision over MMA legend Roger Huerta. Outlaw has been undefeated since 2016 when he lost a split decision to Gregor Gillespie at Ring Of Combat 55. Both of these men are up and coming stars in Bellator’s lightweight division, and should be matched with each other immediately.
Bak’s Next Fight: Sidney Outlaw
Bellator MMA is taking roughly a month off. With their next event being Bellator 235 on December 20th in Honolulu, Hawaii. They will also be hosting Bellator 236 the following day which will also be in Honolulu, Hawaii.