DOUGLAS LIMA has vowed to get back to his aggressive ways in his rematch with Michael Page.
The three-time Bellator welterweight champion will renew his rivalry with Page tomorrow night in front of a packed crowd at London’s SSE Wembley Arena.
Douglas Lima and Michael Venom Page will renew their rivalry on Friday night[/caption]
Former welterweight champ Lima KO’d Page in their first meeting two years ago[/caption]
And the Brazilian is eyeing a similar result in their clash at London’s SSE Arena[/caption]
In his last two fights, defeats to Yaroslav Amosov and Gegard Mousasi, fan favourite Lima has been uncharacteristically timid – making slow starts to the five rounders.
But the Brazilian plans to erase the memory of those outings with an impressive return to form.
Bellator‘s No.1 ranked 170-pounder told SunSport: “If I keep doing it, people are gonna say that I’m a passive fighter. But that’s not my style.
“I just gotta prove them all wrong and prove to myself too.
“Because for me, it’s not about what people say. It’s about what I do. I’m critical of myself as well.
“I like to perform, I like to perform well and I like to fight aggressive and I like to finish fights.”
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Lima, 34, has done plenty of self-reflection following his consecutive losses to welterweight and middleweight champs Amosov and Mousasi.
He continued: “These last two [fights] haven’t been my style. I looked terrible. I confessed that to myself.
“‘You’ve got work to do now. You gotta get that image out of people’s heads.
“But I’ve worked on it. We’ve been working on it – a lot of mental stuff.
“But I feel really good and this fight will definitely be different than to the last two. That’s for sure.”
Despite being on a two-fight skid, Lima will be buoyed by his 2019 knockout of the enigmatic Page.
Getting a second victory over the resurgent Londoner on enemy territory, however, will be no easy task.
These last two [fights] haven’t been my style. I looked terrible. I confessed that to myself
But Lima is relishing the opportunity to put another dagger into the heart of Page’s title aspirations in his hometown.
He admitted: “I’m excited for it. It doesn’t phase me that I’ll be fighting in his backyard.
“If there is pressure, I’m sure there’s more pressure on him.
“Because he’s gotta perform in front of the whole crowd. But I feel really good.
“Like I said before, I love fighting in other countries.
“Even if I’m fighting in the guy’s homeland and I’m fighting in their backyard. It doesn’t faze me.”
An emphatic victory over Page will more than likely earn Lima a rematch with newly-crowned champ Amosov.
Lima is determined to get back to his aggressive ways against the elusive Michael Page[/caption]
And that’s exactly what The Phenom plans on delivering.
He said: “I’m planning on doing everything in my power to finish him one more time. If it’s standing up, if it’s on the ground – wherever.
“I’m just looking for the finish. I don’t like going the distance, I don’t like leaving it in the judges’ hands.
Watch Bellator 267: Lima vs. MVP 2 live on BBC iPlayer from 5:30pm BST on Friday, October 1
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