Bellator 165- Page vs. Gonzalez


Coming off of his skull-denting flying knee win over Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos no one saw the ending of Michael “Venom” Page’s next fight coming. The bout, a decision win for Page against Fernando Gonzalez had booing fans echoing their displeasure throughout the SAP Center.

The dancing/capoeira style of Page proved especially ineffective in the first round as he tried to using distracting movement as a set-up for his striking, as is his tendency. What resulted was nothing more than less than a handful of jabs and leg kicks from Page and primarily an overhand that tags him from Gonzalez through five minutes. All of his other efforts are just wearing him out while Page is leading this dance by keeping the distance but not by striking.

Page’s numbers increase in the middle five but Gonzalez isn’t in trouble. A side kick lands to the abdomen of Gonzalez while a second goes high but is blocked. The same can be said for another trio of jabs as two minutes more expires with both men staying outside of reach. “MVP” goes up 2-0 in the second-longest fight of his career but it’s tight. A jumping knee lands for Page just ahead of the bell.

The television commentators say that the advice of Page’s cornermen is to change nothing in the third and he doesn’t. Gonzalez attaches himself to his midsection when the Brit’s spin kick goes over his head, putting him in danger of a takedown for the first time. Page unlocks his Gonzales’s hands and escapes. Then it’s back to business as usual before this contest goes to the scorecards.

Michael Page def. Fernando Gonzalez via Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

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