Michael 'Venom' Page after boxing debut win: Who's Paul Daley?


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Bellator welterweight and newly minted professional boxer Michael Page is over Paul Daley like a bad breakup.

Asked about Daley (40-15-2 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) following a third-round knockout of Jonathan Castano in his professional boxing debut at light heavyweight, “Venom” Page (12-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) put on a very obvious act trying to pretend he didn’t know his rival.

“I don’t know who that is,” the undefeated Bellator MMA fighter told MMAjunkie backstage at the event, promoted by former boxing champ David Haye. “I’ve never heard of his name. I don’t even know who you’re talking about right now. Probably some random garbage fighter that has a big mouth.”

Apparently, Page is no longer interested in ending the bad blood. The two have all but completed a promotional reel for an eventual fight, nearly coming to blows outside the cage in May after Daley was submitted by Rory MacDonald at Bellator 179. Prior to rebounding with an upset over Lorenz Larkin, Daley scoffed at Page’s ambitions in the squared circle and said he would stay in the cage long enough to have the last word.

“The whole boxing thing is just propaganda,” Daley said. “The guy is just trying to buy his time. It’s a smart move. He just wants the big fight, which is me for the U.K. market and the world market. This boxing thing is just him treading water rather than take the risk of go in against other top contenders, strong wrestlers or strong ground guys. He’s just waiting for the big fight against another stand-up guy.”

Page counters that he’s tried to make the fight happen.

Today on “The MMA Hour,” he said Daley is the one who’s dodged a meeting on multiple occasions. Now, the only way he’ll accept is if Daley agrees to a winner-take-all fight, which likely means Bellator won’t book it.

So Page doesn’t want to hear anymore about Daley. He’s instead focused on a return to the cage, which he said could take place Dec. 15 at Bellator 191 in Newcastle.

“I’m completely fine, no injuries,” Daley said after his boxing win. “I’m not going to make any decisions on the fight, because I don’t anyway. If Bellator is excited for me to be in Newcastle, they’re going to be speaking to the right people on my team.

“They probably have spoken already, and when I get in the gym, we sit down and talk next best move. I’m an employee, and I do what I’m told. This is where they want me; I go there and do that. They gave me the opportunity to do this, and I’m massively thankful. I should go and pay them back, knock someone out in MMA.”

Page also aims to get another boxing match in by year’s end and eventually move to the super middleweight division, where the 168-pound limit is better suited to his MMA frame. He said it’s going to take time to see him in a 12-round fight, a la UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s lucrative crossover with Floyd Mayweather. But eventually he’d be ready.

In the meantime, the flashy style that’s made him an MMA star won’t be changing at all. Although the rules and conditioning might be different, Page said his way of fighting makes him a threat in any combat sport.

“I’m a combat specialist,” Page said. “I think my style suits multiple (styles of) combat. If you ask me to go to the Olympics and do some taekwondo, I’ll tell you what, I can do it.”

But if it’s against Daley, the answer is appparently no – for now.

For more on the upcoming MMA schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Primus rematch? Sure, but Michael Chandler also eyes 170 with MacDonald and Daley


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Michael Chandler hasn’t really held back when discussing the controversial ending to a title-costing affair with Brent Primus. And when another 155-pound fighter tried to crash Bellator’s title scene, the ex-champ made sure to reinsert himself in the chatter.

So you’d figure that Bellator President Scott Coker’s reassurance that a rematch with Chandler (16-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) is the next logical step for champ Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) would be met with at least some enthusiasm by the former titleholder, right?

Well, not quite.

“Honestly, I couldn’t care less at this point,” Chandler told MMAjunkie Radio. “I just – I want big fights. I’m not necessarily wanting to fight Brent Primus next. At this point, I’ve already sat out for a little while. And they’ve let (Primus) act like he can actually call some shots and decide when he wants to fight.

“I know Scott Coker said something about February, March. That’s out of the question. Because I need to fight. And I want to fight. I’ve been teasing that I would love to go up a weight class and take some challengers there. I’ve got some options.”

This is, of course, not Chandler’s first time talking about a different weight class. After the leg injury that ended his recent Bellator NYC meeting with Primus proved to be less serious than it looked, the hungry ex-champ quickly resumed his training while eyeing a return.

Seeing that welterweight Rory MacDonald was dealing with a similar case of cage itch, Chandler even issued a challenge to the former UFC title challenger (via Twitter):

Chandler may have been fighting at 155 pounds for “99 percent” of his career, but he doesn’t really see himself as a small lightweight. Nor is he intimidated by the thought of meeting long-time 170-pounders. So, though MacDonald specifically is now scheduled to meet champ Douglas Lima, Chandler said now would be as good a time as any to start taking on these challenges.

“I’m not just looking to fight; I’m looking to get big fights,” Chandler said. “You only get a small window of opportunity in this sport. Someday I’m going to look back and wonder how many fights kind of flew under the radar for me.

Paul Daley had a nice, big impressive win this past weekend (over Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 183). That’s a fight that I would like, eventually. The Rory MacDonald fight is a fight that I would like eventually.”

That is not to say that Chandler doesn’t want a chance to reclaim the 155-pound belt. But he also believes that opportunity is “always going to be there.” So with Primus’ focus currently geared toward tending to his newborn, and Chandler’s desire to get back in there soon, he simply doesn’t see a title match as his only option.

“For me, my happiness is not tied to a belt,” Chandler said. “My happiness is not tied to that gold. They’re sitting in my house, and they’re collecting dust. And they will tarnish, and they will rust, and they will kind of deteriorate.

“But my career and the big fights and the people I impacted, and the people that watch me and the people that were inspired and motivated by a guy who wasn’t afraid to take on all comers, a guy who wasn’t afraid to get outside of his comfort zone and call out bigger guys, and call out big fights – that’s really what’s going to be painted in ink on my legacy forever, after I’m done. We’ll see how it plays out.”

Having shown a a lot less than he’d like at Madison Square Garden in June against Primus, Chandler is eager to create some new cage memories. But while he’s obviously had some trouble digesting the freakish way that title meeting ended, Chandler said it only hurt Primus’ own case as the division’s legitimate champion.

Chandler says he can’t really pin his own dissatisfaction with the “unfortunate set of consequences” that led to the doctor stoppage on Primus. But at the same time, he said the “part-time fighter” champ should be the one most invested in the rematch.

“If anything, he should be chomping at the bit to beat me and legitimize himself as the champion,” Chandler said. “I would think, if you have a competitive bone in your body, I would think that’s how your brain would work.”

For more on Bellator’s upcoming schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Bellator's Douglas Lima, Paul Daley

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Douglas Lima and Paul Daley.

Lima, Bellator’s welterweight champion, will talk about his upcoming title defense against former UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald in January in Los Angeles. Daley, also a Bellator welterweight, will talk about his knockout of Lorenz Larkin this past Saturday at Bellator 183, which gave him 30 knockouts in his 40 career wins.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Lorenz Larkin congratulates Paul Daley for Bellator 183 KO, but wants rematch

Lorenz Larkin is not throwing himself a pity party after his knockout loss to Paul Daley at Bellator 183 this past Saturday, but he does want a second chance.

Larkin (18-7 MMA, 0-2 BMMA), who made no secret of his disdain for Daley (40-15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) ahead of their welterweight bout at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., encountered another setback early in his Bellator run when he succumbed to a second-round knockout loss at the hands of “Semtex.”

When two strikers the caliber of Larkin and Daley opt to trade blows, it’s a roll of the dice over who could go down first. At Bellator 183 it was Larkin, and while disappointing to lose a fight to someone he dislikes so much, “The Monsoon” is taking it in stride (via Instagram):

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Hey you win some and lose some and in this sport you can be on top of the world one minute and feel like a piece of shit the next but hey thats the fight game hat’s off to Daley hopefully you will let me run it back in the future

Regardless of Larkin’s positive attitude, it’s obvious his Bellator run has been less than ideal so far. After falling short of the welterweight title against Douglas Lima in his debut at Bellator NYC in June, Larkin came back for the bout with Daley, which did not go his way, either.

The outcome marked just the second time in Larkin’s career that he’s been stopped with strikes. And while he knows it’s unlikely for the immediate future, he hopes for the chance to eventually redeem himself in a rematch with Daley.

For complete coverage of Bellator 183, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 183 winner Paul Daley made peace with Lorenz Larkin following KO


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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Paul Daley on Saturday proved he’s still one of the best welterweights in the world when he demolished Lorenz Larkin for a second-round knockout in the Bellator 183 co-main event.

After losing a lopsided fight to Rory MacDonald earlier this year, Daley (40-15-2 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) bounced back with a stellar performance against former Bellator title challenger Larkin (18-8 MMA, 0-2 BMMA), finishing the fight with yet another highlight knockout for his lengthy sizzle-reel.

Daley’s victory, which co-headlined the Spike-televised card at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie, was easily the most significant of his Bellator career, but it certainly wasn’t surprising to him.

“People, they just underestimate the power so much,” Daley told MMAjunkie after his win. “I don’t understand why. I’ve got 40 wins and 35 knockouts. Why would you want to stand and trade with me? It’s ridiculous. But I got the win. I’m happy, and I’m looking on to the future now, getting into title contention, big names, big fights and more money.

“Every time I get a knockout I feel fantastic. Winning definitely beats losing. The last time I lost against Rory MacDonald, so, it’s fantastic. Lorenz, he was just in my changing room, he’s genuinely a nice guy. He said I got under his skin a bit, and he just wasn’t used to the whole trash-talking thing. He’s a top name. He’s beaten former UFC champions. He’s beaten some top guys. For me, it’s a massive, massive win.”

Daley’s patented left hook was certainly the most significant contributor to his win, but apparently the mental warfare prior to the contest was meaningful, as well. The Brit talked a big game ahead of Bellator 183, as he normally does before his fights, and Larkin was admittedly irked by it.

That tension spilled over to the ceremonial weigh-ins a day prior to the event, when Larkin decided to push Daley and engage in a scuffle during the staredown. Daley said the weigh-in antics somewhat got to him, but apparently not as much as Larkin, who “Semtex” had a peace-making moment with backstage after the fight.

“He came back to the changing rooms, and we spoke a little bit,” Daley revealed. “He’s a cool guy. I don’t know why everyone gets so wound up. They know what (expletive) I’m going to do; I do it every time. I talk a bit of (expletive). I wind them up at the press conference or whatever. He just bit.”

Daley’s win kept his position as one of the top 170-pound contenders in Bellator. At 34, he has said he only has a few years of fighting left, and he wants to use that time participating in the biggest fights possible.

A matchup that’s been brewing with great fan interest is against his countryman Michael Page (12-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA). There appears to be a genuine disdain between the two competitors, and Daley said it’s just a matter of time until they share the cage, even if he doesn’t see “MVP” as being on his level.

“‘MVP’s’ been talking, but with this win, I think I’ve leapt over that kind of fight,” Daley said. “But I’m open to the fight, because it’s a big fight. I’m just looking for the money and waiting for the title shot. Standup fighters like ‘MVP,’ they can’t beat me. They don’t understand I just have to touch them once, and then it’s lights out. So, it’s whatever. Whatever happens.”

For complete coverage of Bellator 183, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Twitter reacts to Paul Daley's wild knockout of Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 183


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Paul Daley claimed he wasn’t worried about anything Lorenz Larkin offered in their fight, and ultimately he backed up his words with a victory in Saturday’s Bellator 183 co-main event.

Daley (40-15-2 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) talked a big game prior to his welterweight encounter with Larkin (18-7 MMA, 0-2 BMMA). It paid off, because “Semtex” earned a second-round knockout victory in the Spike-televised co-headliner at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., to put himself back in the mix of 170-pound contenders.

Check out the top Twitter reactions to Daley’s victory over Larkin at Bellator 183.

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For complete coverage of Bellator 183, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 183 results: Paul Daley lays out Lorenz Larkin


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An inventive combination served as the last word in Paul Daley’s rivalry with Lorenz Larkin.

Daley (40-15-2 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) got Larkin (18-7 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) to duck on a spinning backfist and then nailed him with a pair of left hands to earn a TKO at the 2:40 mark of the second frame.

The welterweight bout aired on Spike as part of the Bellator 183 main card, which took place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. Prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

Afterward, Daley called out another rival, striking sensation Michael “Venom” Page.

“A little young boy called ‘MVP’ that’s been talking,” Daley said. “Get that little punk in here with me. He’s getting knocked out, as well.”

Like that bad blood, Daley and Larkin came into the fight looking to settle a score after trading barbs in the press. They nearly got into it at Friday’s ceremonial weigh-ins.

But Daley’s finish came after a tough opening round. As he tried to keep distance with kicks, Larkin made his mark by sneaking in punches as the British striker retreated.

A slip from Daley put Larkin on top late in the frame, and he closed out the round after shrugging off a rare submission attempt from his rival.

When Daley tried to get revenge early in the second, he found himself stuffed against the cage. Larkin then easily stuffed a rare takedown attempt from Daley and appeared to be setting up for something big.

But instead, he found himself the victim of a Daley combination that added another clip to the highlight reel.

Up-to-the-minute Bellator 183 results include:

  • Paul Daley def. Lorenz Larkin via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:40
  • Roy Nelson def. Jay Ayala via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Aaron Pico def. Justin Linn via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 3:45
  • Goiti Yamauchi def. Adam Piccolotti via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:19
  • Tony Johnson def. Mike Ortega via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 1:49
  • Kaytlin Neil def. Brooke Mayo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Brandon Laroco def. Gaston Bolanos via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:16
  • Jaimelene Nievera def. Corina Herrera via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-27)
  • Fernando Gonzalez def. Alex Lopez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Ricardo Vasquez def. Justin Tenedora via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:39
  • J.J. Okanovich def. Luis Jauregui via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 0:42
  • Daniel Gonzalez def. Anthony Castrejon via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:03

For complete coverage of Bellator 183, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Chaos erupts between Lorenz Larkin, Paul Daley at Bellator 183 weigh-ins


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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Lorenz Larkin has made no secret about his disdain for Paul Daley in the lead-up to their welterweight clash at Bellator 183 on Saturday. Today’s ceremonial weigh-ins for the event provided the clearest example.

In their first and last face-to-face meeting ahead of the event, which takes place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., and airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie, Larkin got heated and pushed Daley after “Semtex” got in his face.

Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA), who is no stranger to being involved with antics outside the cage, replied in kind, going after Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA). The fighters continued to pursue each other, but fortunately there was enough Bellator staff present on stage that the situation was diffused before getting completely out of hand.

The beef going into the fight is relatively one-sided, with Larkin claiming he dislikes Daley so much that simply talking about him takes “months off my life.”

Daley, however, laughs off the whole thing.

“The fact it’s getting so heated up is just comical,” he told MMAjunkie. “But I hope he brings that same intensity into the ring.”

Watch the complete weigh-in video above or below to hear what was said on stage.

For more on Bellator 183, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Bellator 183's Paul Daley: Only Nick Diaz and Douglas Lima were men of their word


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SAN JOSE, Calif. – A lot of fighters talk a big game, but Paul Daley said only Nick Diaz and Douglas Lima walked the walk after talking the talk.

Big-show vet Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) meets former UFC fighter and recent Bellator arrival Lorenz Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) on Saturday at Bellator 183.

The welterweight fight, which airs on Spike from SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., has already created some fireworks. They’ve been out of the cage, though, as Larkin has spoken openly and often about his disdain for Daley’s perceived insincere trash-talk.

But Daley?

“The fact it’s getting so heated up is just comical,” he told MMAjunkie. “But I hope he brings that same intensity into the ring.”

After all, Daley, a 33-year-old vet with 29 knockouts in 39 career wins, has faced many opponents who promised to stand and bag with the British slugger – only look to look for a reprieve once they got rattled.

There have been a few exceptions, Daley said.

“I think there are two people in my career … who felt the heat and stayed on their feet and not attempted to clinch or go for a takedown, and that’s Douglas Lima and Nick Diaz,” he said. “That’s the only two guys in over 53 fights.”

Lima picked up a unanimous-decision win over Daley in July 2016, and Diaz scored a TKO win over Daly at a 2011 Strikeforce event. They’re not Daley’s only career losses, but he said those two past opponents really stand out.

“Those are the only two guys I’ve hit and stayed up, and they haven’t tried to take me down or play a different game, and they kept coming after it,” Daley said. “I just hope Lorenz does too.”

Check out the full interview as Daley breaks down the matchup, talks about his potential retirement, what he wants his legacy to be, and whether a fight with rival Michael Page ever happens.

And for more on Bellator 183, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Bellator 183's Lorenz Larkin gives origin story of Paul Daley beef


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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Bellator welterweight Lorenz Larkin doesn’t like talking about Paul Daley.

Talking, after all, is the opposite of what he thinks their upcoming fight should be about – a collision of two prolific strikers. That’s enough. There’s no need to dress it up with a manufactured grudge.

And yet, Larkin (18-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) told MMAjunkie that’s exactly what Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) has done – or tried to do – as their fight has gone from a text message from Bellator President Scott Coker to a co-main event at Bellator 183, which takes place Saturday at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.

“I don’t do the fake stuff,” Larkin told MMAjunkie during a media day in support of the Spike-televised fight. “I get it, you’re trying to sell the fight. But we don’t need to sell the fight. It’s exciting in and of itself. So don’t do the extra (expletive).

“He’s not that guy. He’s not a talker. He doesn’t have that charisma. He just fights. If I was a promoter, I’d just be like, ‘Fight.’ Let’s not put him in front of the camera. Let’s not let people talk to him. Let’s just let them like him because he fights, not his charisma. Because he doesn’t have it.”

Up until July 4, Larkin didn’t feel this way. He thought of Daley as his next fight. There was no grudge to be had.

When Coker proposed the bout, a reboot after Larkin’s miss against welterweight champ Douglas Lima and Daley’s rout by Rory MacDonald, Larkin had asked for a few days to check with his doctor if he was healthy enough to fight. He was waiting for the go-ahead when his phone buzzed with a message from Daley.

“‘We’re waiting on you, Larkin, to sign the contract,’” Larkin remembers of Daley’s words. “‘Don’t be scared,’ or some (expletive) like that. So I’m like, scared?”

The statement struck Larkin as particularly ludicrous considering Daley’s past. Weight misses, losses blamed on takedown-savvy opponents, fights turned down – the Brit was a guy in a glass house.

So, Larkin told him as much. And that’s where the drama got started.

Larkin probably could have predicted what was coming next. Daley used the media to bash him, trying to drum up as many headlines as possible before their showdown. And Larkin would be forced to respond, because that would be the most obvious narrative heading into the fight.

That’s fine, Larkin said, but it’s annoying. If history serves as any indication, he added, footage of Daley talking trash to him will mysteriously disappear on the internet, supposedly wiping the slate clean for the next opponent that needs to be sold.

“It’s going to be funny in the years that come along,” Larkin said. “I know somebody is going to do a compilation of him talking all this mess and the repercussions of his stuff.”

After this article, maybe someone will take him up on that. But first, Larkin needs to make sure he’s not the one who ends up on a highlight reel.

He’d never hear the end of that.

For more on Bellator 183, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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