Betting preview: Douglas Lima confident of securing repeat over MVP

Douglas Lima is looking for a repeat victory over home favourite Michael ‘Venom’ Page at Bellator 267 in London on Friday night.

The pair fought one another back in May 2019 and it was Lima who got his hand raised, knocking out MVP with a devastating kick and punch combo. In doing so, Lima inflicted the first defeat of his British opponent's career.

Lima faces MVP once again on Friday, meeting in the Wembley SSE Arena at Bellator 267.

The Brazilian comes into this fight off two straight defeats though - his most recent to Yaroslav Amosov in June this year where he lost his Bellator welterweight world championship.

Since MVP's first career defeat to Lima, the Englishman has prevailed and secured a current five fight win streak - his most recent victory against Derek Anderson in May this year was bagged via TKO.

However, despite MVP's impressive record, Lima is confident of handing Page another defeat and is not phased by his form.

"(His win streak) doesn't faze me at all, like I said I am fighting tough competition, the sport is hard, there is a lot of risk. One bad night you could lose but you get back on the horse and keep going.

"I have been doing this for like 20 years so I know what to expect, it is not an easy sport, stuff like that can keep you down. It just motivates me to go even harder. I train, I work hard, and I am ready for Friday night."

Friday's fight will be held in London at Wembley's SSE Arena, giving MVP a huge home advantage for their clash.

Last time out the fight was held a bit closer to home for Lima in Rosemont, Illinois, USA. Although it is a long trip across the Atlantic, Lima doesn't see that as a factor that could affect Friday's outcome.

"It is not the first time I have fought somebody at their home, it doesn't phase me at all. The cage is the same, it doesn't matter where you put the cage, I am fighting the guy. What I am focusing on is the guy in front of me, not who's around him.

"When I am in the arena I will be listening to my coaches. If there is boos, if there is cheers, it doesn't really get to me. As long as it is pretty loud, even if it is for him, I will be okay with that. I am happy to have the fans back."

Douglas Lima is priced at 21/20 with Planet Sport Bet for this Friday's encounter.

MVP is the slight favourite at 4/5 for this end of week fight, and we all know what 'Venom' is capable of.

MVP confident to claim revenge against Lima

MVP has the chance to make it six successive wins on Friday, while also having the opportunity to extend Lima's defeat streak to three.

With the home crowd cheering him on in the cage, we may be lucky enough to experience one of his trademark post-fight celebrations.

However, last time out against the Brazilian, he tasted the deck for the first time in his career.  Since then, MVP has been on top form and will be looking to keep it that way.

It has been over two years since the pair faced one another and MVP is confident of avenging his sole defeat.

"I am extremely confident. If I wasn't this confident I wouldn't have taken this fight. I know what I can do and I know what is about to take place on Friday, I have already seen it time and time again.

"I am very confident in my abilities and my improvements. So six out of six is coming."

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Since his first only defeat, it is clear that MVP has developed his skills and is a better fighter than the first time they met. When asked what is different this time around, the Englishman expressed the importance of his camps.

"Six camps is what's different. All the preparation to be a better version of myself than I was that day. I really am a completely different fighter; it is hard to explain. In the gyms, the guys I have been sparing with, they are all like 'right now you are on another world'.

"Pulling off some crazy stuff in the gym, successfully landing some great shots, moving better, seeing shots better. I just feel great and I know that if I can deliver on the day, which is what I normally do - he has no chance."

With home fans back in the Arena watching on from the stands, MVP is hoping to leave them delighted by the outcome.

"For the fans, all they will really care about is the W. Seeing Douglas Lima fall to the floor, and the referee wave his hands, that will be more than enough for everyone in that arena and for everyone around the world that has been supporting me."