Bellator London Review

A closer look at Bellator's visit to the capital.

Bellator London is in the books, as we witnessed a stacked main card including Michael “Venom” Page and Fabian Edwards.

Kicking off the main card was a Lightweight bout between Terry Brazier and Soren Bak. Brazier held a record of 11-2 coming into this fight having won during his last outing against Alessandro Botti via submission due to an Americana. Across the cage was Soren Bak, who was making his Bellator debut after a successful 5-0 stint with Cage Warriors.

Brazier started brightly and was landing, while Bak was taking a minute to wake up. Eventually, Bak got hold of his opponent and controlled the exchanges on the side of the cage. The round ended with Bak in full mount position. Round 2 was much of the same with Bak controlling it on the floor. Brazier was having trouble staying competitive as soon as the fight hit the mat. The last five minutes was once again dominated by Bak as he neutralized Brazier for the whole fight. It was Bak who won the fight by unanimous decision to get his first Bellator win.

Next up was the highly anticipated middleweight matchup between fierce rivals Fabian Edwards and Mike Shipman. Edwards was coming off a victory over Jonathan Bosuku at Bellator 223 in June, while Shipman was coming off a defeat in his last fight. He lost to Costello van Steenis via TKO at the same event. The intensity was felt across the arena as the first round started. It was Shipman who controlled Edwards well on the cageside, but it was a round with not much significant landing.

Shipman took Fabian down early on and held the position well. Edwards was starting land with more regularity towards the end of the second and Shipman was visibly tired as we went into the third and final round. Edwards was landing at will towards the end of the fight and Mike was really hurt but he managed to see the final bell. Fabian Edwards won the fight via Unanimous decision to settle the rivalry.

The main event of the evening was then finally upon us. Michael “Venom” Page was facing late notice replacement Giovanni Melillo at Welterweight. MVP was coming off a flying knee KO of Richard Kiely at Bellator 227 in September. Across the cage was Melillo who was making his Bellator debut. He was coming off a win over UFC veteran Will Chope in May, and a win over a household name like MVP would catapult him right into some massive fights next year. From the off, MVP was his charismatic self throwing awkward shots and unsettling the Italian. Midway through the round, Page landed an almighty overhand right which instantly knocked Melillo out cold and the London crowd erupted.

Check out the full main card results below.

Michael Venom Page def Giovanni Melillo via KO (punch)  Round 1 – 1:48

Fabian Edwards def Mike Shipman via Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Soren Bak def Terry Brazier via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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