And here we go again. After two previous attempts to meet one another inside the Bellator MMA cage, Welterweight superstar Michael Page will finally lock horns with Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 163 on Nov. 19 live from SAP Center in San Jose, California. Bellator announced the matchup during Bellator 160: 'Henderson vs Freire' last night (Fri., Aug. 26, 2016).
Page, 29, is fresh off a first-round knockout of mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Evangelista Santos that left the Brazilian's skull battered. It was the Englishman's fifth finish inside the Bellator cage through six appearances. Undefeated at 11-0 in his MMA career, "Venom" represents one of the best strikers in the game today.
BREAKING! British phenom @Michaelpage247 & Streaking @menifeemaniac finally square off NOV 19 live & free on @spike! pic.twitter.com/iI3ow4ojqC— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) August 26, 2016
As for Gonzalez, who has posted a 5-0 Bellator record after career stints in WEC and King of the Cage, he had to pull out of his previously scheduled Bellator 158 bout opposite Page in London, England, due to visa issues. The 32-year-old will have to overcome a nine-inch reach, six-inch height disadvantage to stun one of the fastest rising names in MMA.
Bellator 163 will mark the third time Page has fought in 2016, while seeing a grand total of four rounds of action. Another flashy finish would have to land "MVP" extremely close to a title shot at 170 pounds.
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