Michael Page traveled this road once before, and it did not lead where he had hoped.
“Venom” will face former Bellator MMA welterweight champion Douglas Lima for a second time in the Bellator 267 main event on Friday at the SSE Arena in London. The Atlanta-based Brazilian knocked out Page in the second round of their first encounter two-plus years ago, handing the hubris-infused Brit the only loss of his career. Lima enters their rematch on the heels of back-to-back defeats. He last competed at Bellator 260, where he surrendered the welterweight crown to Yaroslav Amosov in a five-round unanimous decision on June 11. Page, meanwhile, has rattled off five straight victories. He last fought on May 7, when he stopped Derek Anderson on a first-round technical knockout at Bellator 258.
As Lima and Page prepare for their ballyhooed sequel, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
33: Years of age for Lima, who was born in Goiania, Brazil, on Jan. 5, 1988.
16: Lima victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 50% of his career total (32). His list of Bellator victims: Page, Andrey Koreshkov, Rick Hawn, Ben Saunders (twice), Bryan Baker, Michail Tsarev, Jacob Ortiz and Chris Lozano. Lima owns 10 other victories by submission and six more by decision.
9: Consecutive wins for Lima between Oct. 10, 2009 and Nov. 12, 2011. It remains the longest such streak of his 15-year career.
1,486: Days spent by Lima as undisputed Bellator MMA welterweight champion. He has enjoyed three separate title reigns at 170 pounds.
202: Combined victories between the nine men—Amosov, Koreshkov, Gegard Mousasi, Rory MacDonald, Ben Askren, Eric Dahlberg, Charles Blanchard, Brent Weedman and Matt Brown—who have defeated Lima. They sport a cumulative winning percentage of .783 (202-52-4).
34: Years of age for Page, who was born on April 7, 1987 in London.
3: Page wins by submission, accounting for 16% of his career total (19). His methods of choice: one Achilles lock, one rear-naked choke and one armbar. Page holds 12 other wins by knockout or technical knockout and four more by decision.
12: First-round finishes to Page’s credit but only one was of the sub-minute variety. He punched out Ryan Sanders 10 seconds into their Bellator 93 pairing on March 21, 2013.
6: Countries in which Page has competed as a mixed martial artist. He has gone 9-1 in the United States, 5-0 in England, 2-0 in India, 1-0 in France, 1-0 in Japan and 1-0 in Ireland.
.739: Cumulative winning percentage between the five men—Anderson, Ross Houston, Shinsho Anzai, Giovanni Melillo and Richard Kiely—Page has beaten during his current five-fight winning streak. They boast a combined record of 51-18.