Bellator MMA recently signed former UFC welterweight contender Rory MacDonald, adding yet another former UFC fighter into their roster. MacDonald now joins fighters Benson Henderson and Phil Davis, who also saw themselves move to the UFC’s fight promotion company’s competitor. Meanwhile, Bellator MMA standout, Michael ‘Venom’ Page, is raising the question why can’t we all be friends?
During an interview with FloCombat, Venom, who is currently undefeated (11-0) in Bellator, commended his fight promotion company for its professionalism and efficiency, comparing it to the UFC.
“I’ve been to a UFC show before, but not the seen the actual behind the scenes,” Page shared in his interview with Jim Edwards of FloCombat. “They do the same sort of thing to Bellator really. It’s another professional show and the setup is roughly the same. The people here are very nice and respectful as well, in terms of that, there’s not really any massive difference.”
It comes to no surprise then that the MMA fighter is keen on seeing a UFC-Bellator MMA cross promotion fight soon.
“Friendly competition is good, and if the UFC and Bellator could somehow work together, and do joint bouts it would be incredible,” MVP added. “It would bring me back to those WWE days (in reference to WCW vs. WWF). Man, it was immense, I remember watching those shows and that changed the game for them. If the UFC and Bellator could just shake hands and work together on a few things then it would be better for the fighters, better for the fans and better for everyone. That’s that man–I’d be down with that.”
Bellator MMA has already partnered will Glory Kickboxing and have begun hosting cross promotion events, but it may still be a longshot to see Bellator and UFC fighters go at it, for now. Although with new management, things may change sooner than we think.
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