Bellator President Scott Coker revealed that the promotion is working on a welterweight title fight between undefeated champion, Yaroslav Amosov, and top contender Michael Page for the first quarter of 2022.
Coke spoke with MMA Junkie's Mike Bohn to talk about Bellator's plans for the new year and said the following about his thinking behind wanting to make the matchup between Amosov and Page, including targeting the challenger's hometown of London, England as the host location for the event.
“We are in the process of putting that fight together now with him and MVP to fight in London at some point early next year,” Coker said. "I know MVP was kinda back-and-forth, do I want to fight Lima again, do I want to fight Amosov, and then we said hey, just go think about it. Our opinion as a company is you want to take the next step. You want to go fight for the belt now. This is your time. If you don’t do it now, when are you gonna do it? and then you can come back and fight Lima again in the future. So to me, it’s the right fight to put together. I think it’ll happen in the second quarter. It will be in London and it will be a massive fight over there because he’s such a big star. Believe me, a lot of people are saying well Amosov is so good and he’s – yeah he is that good and that’s why his record is undefeated. But MVP has a very unique style and he’s very hard to hit, to catch and it’s gonna be interesting to see how Amosov handles that because he’s fighting like a very awkward, karate style combatant and it’s not like your normal MMA fighter that’s just very straight forward, maybe a little bit more linear. He’s doing a lot of crazy stuff and that’s why people love him, but that fight will happen at some point in 2022 for sure.”