In a close, three-round affair, Michael Page managed to even the score against former champion Douglas Lima. After 15 minutes, the Bellator 267 went to the judges, two of whom gave ‘MVP’ the nod for a split decision win. On Twitter, professional fighters and media reacted to the bout.
Lima composed and fundamentally sound. Page innovative and creative. 50/50 fight. Only difference in the real world is page easily finished by pure aggression and mall. Disagree it is simple to prove. Rules change the game ♂️— Tom Watson (@TomKongWatson) October 1, 2021
They’re all doing the robes now.— james gallagher (@StrabanimalMMA) October 1, 2021
Another very tricky round. It depends on how the judges cageside saw that grazing shot by Page.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) October 1, 2021
I personally felt that Lima did more damage in the round.
Have it 20-18 Lima.
Another close round, but this time I give it to MVP. 19-19. Potential winner-take-all third round coming up.— Nick Baldwin (@NickBaldwinMMA) October 1, 2021
MVP is one of the worst things I’ve seen. It’s all about point fighting and distance scoring. I’m an old retired geezer and in a no time limit fight I would put him in the morgue. If you doubt that I’ll bet a few mil with all I’m worth at any venue ☠️— Tom Watson (@TomKongWatson) October 1, 2021
I think Lima up 2-1! What do you guys have?— Kyle Crutchmer (@KyleCrutchmer) October 1, 2021
Idk of Lima is taking that in London— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 1, 2021
I have it 30-27 Lima, but could just as easily be scored 30-27 MVP— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) October 1, 2021
It is entirely dependent on how the judges cageside gauged the damage landed by each fighter.
And before anyone accuses me of being an MVP hater, he has long been one of my favourite fighters to watch in MMA.
I’m good with Lima Vs MVP III @BellatorMMA— #Bellator267 on @shosports (@criscyborg) October 1, 2021
No way Lima lost that fight.— Jon Fitch ☠️ (@jonfitchdotnet) October 1, 2021
Hmmmmm ♂️— Brendan Loughnane (@BrendanMMA) October 1, 2021
I’m a fan but what’s right is right..— Brendan Loughnane (@BrendanMMA) October 1, 2021
MVP lost that fight but for his dedication to only doing one move and ignoring the rest of MMA he deserves to become an honorary Gracie— smoogy (@smoogymma) October 1, 2021
WTF are these judges drinking ♂️— Henri Hooft (@henrihooft) October 1, 2021