Michael Page has recently shared his thoughts on Paul Daley and his highlight-reel knockout at Bellator 281. Page and Daley have had a rivalry for years now, but ‘Venom’ has made things clear: he does not like Paul Daley.
“I still can’t stand him as a person. It’s hard when somebody’s disrespected you so many times…” Michael Page said on The MMA Hour. “Nah, I don’t care that he’s retired. I don’t care to see him again in the sport. I don’t respect anything he’s done in his past. The only thing I can accept is he’s a big knockout artist, and we saw it in his last fight… Outside of that, I’m just not a fan.”
Michael Page Speaks on Meeting Paul Daley in London
“I don’t say anything at all,” MVP continued, talking about seeing his arch-rival in London. “I wouldn’t be rude (if he said hello to me) because I’m a martial artist first. If he came up and said, ‘Hello,’ I’d say hello, and that’s it. But he doesn’t say anything to me, I don’t say anything to him, and I’m happy that’s the case.”
‘Venom’ would talk about the fact that he’d never face his foe again, saying: “I don’t really care (that I’ll never fight him again). Hearing his name just irritates me. I don’t care to relive anything. Nothing about that excited me in any way shape or form.”
Michael Page (20-2, 16-2 Bellator) has a history of stunning finishes himself; however, things didn’t quite go his way at Bellator 281, as he lost via split decision. Logan Storley’s grappling neutralized Page’s explosive striking, and his rival Daley would outshine him on the same night and the same fight card.
Paul Daley (44-18-2, 11-5 Bellator) is a legend in the game, with one of the most infamous reputations in combat sports. He couldn’t have ended his career on a better note, though, and while it’s sad for fans to say goodbye, they can be happy it’s not at the tail end of a series of bad knockout losses.
Do you think Paul Daley will stay retired, or could you see him returning for a boxing match? As this is the current trend for retired MMA fighters.