It seems like Lima is willing to give MVP a title shot, but he would like to see Page fight some contenders first.
“Fight contenders,” Lima said during the Bellator 250 media day (via Damon Martin of MMA Fighting). “I’m a champion, I’m here to fight contenders. If he wants a shot at me, go fight guys that’s going to put you next in line for a title shot. He’s been good, he’s been winning his fights but I need to fight contenders. You can’t fight people that has less than five fights and then ask for a title fight. No disrespect to anybody. No disrespect to him as well but if you want to fight the champion, you’ve got to fight fights that get you there. It’s not just talk. You’ve got to fight contenders. That’s what I’ve been doing my whole career. Every time I lost a belt, I fought the No. 1 guy next in line for it. I had to go through a tournament to get my belt the last time around. You know what to do if you’re ready. If Bellator says you’re ready, I’m here. I’m here for whoever’s next but like I said, I’m a champion and I fight contenders.”
Lima and Page met for the first time at Bellator 221 in May of 2019, with Lima earning the victory over Page by second round knockout. Page, since the loss to Lima, has reeled off victories over most undistinguished talent late Richard Kiely, Giovanni Melillo, Shinsho Anzai and Ross Houston.
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