A welterweight rebooking between polarizing striker, the #2 ranked, Michael ‘Venom’ Page, and the #6 ranked, Derek ‘The Barbaric’ Anderson has been slated for Bellator 258 on May 7th. — from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Initially set to meet at Bellator 179 in May of 2017, the pairing of Page and Anderson was shelved entirely with a neck and knee injury forcing the former to remove himself from proceedings.
Headlining Bellator 248 in Paris, France last October, kickboxing talent, Page took home a unanimous decision win over promotional debutante, former Cage Warriors welterweight champion, Ross ‘The Hitman’ Houston.
Riding a three-fight undefeated spree, Anderson last competed at Bellator 251 in November at the Mohegan Sun Arena, stopping Killys Mota with a late second-round high-kick. News of the rebooked pairing of the two was first reported by ESPN MMA reporter, Ariel Helwani.
London Shootfighters mainstay, Page has won four consecutively following his first career loss back in May of 2019 at Bellator 221 — where he dropped a huge knockout defeat to current welterweight champion, Douglas Lima in the promotion’s welterweight Grand Prix tournament semi final,
A fifteen fight veteran under the Scott Coker led banner, Page has scored recent wins over the above-mentioned, Houston, Shinsho Anzai, Giovanni Melillo, and Richard Kiely — to go with prior notable successes against Paul Daley, Fernando Gonzalez, Ricky Rainey, and a highlight-reel flying knee win over Evangelista Santos.
Set to make this twelfth walk under the Bellator MMA banner, 31-year-old San Diego native, Anderson holds an 8-3 promotional resume — with some eye-catching names littered on his win column throughout.
With six knockouts as well as six submissions stacked on his hit list, Anderson has bested the likes of Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire (x2), Brandon Girtz, Saad Awad, and Zak Bucia. Making his move to welterweight back in October of 2019 at Bellator 229, Anderson took home a unanimous decision victory over Guilherme Bomba.
Bellator 258 takes place from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on May 7th. — with a bantamweight title showdown between defending gold holder, Juan Archuleta, and challenger, Sergio Pettis slated to take main event honors. Debuting on the card, former UFC title challengers, Yoel Romero and Anthony Johnson clash in the promotion’s light heavyweight Grand Prix bracket, while the next challenger to either Archuleta or Pettis’ throne may emerge as 135-pound rivals, Patchy Mix and James Gallagher meet in an anticipated matchup.