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Michael ‘Venom’ Page vs. Mike Perry confirmed as main event in BKFC 27

Michael Page appears to be taking his recent Bellator MMA title loss a little harder than anyone expected.

The main event of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship’s trip to London on Aug. 20 was announced on Thursday. Page will fight Mike Perry at middleweight (175 pounds) to close out the fight card at the OVO Arena Wembley.

This fight will take place over five rounds, each lasting two minutes, and will be fought under bare-knuckle boxing rules. Page has not been released or fought out of his Bellator contract, according to MMA Junkie, and this is a one-time deal.

Bellator president Scott Coker confirmed this shortly after the announcement on Twitter, saying: “Over the course of Michael Page’s 18-fight career at Bellator, we’ve allowed Michael to challenge himself outside our cage in professional boxing. We wish him luck in this match as he resets for another run at the Bellator title.”

BKFC 27 will certainly be one for the books

Page last competed in May, losing to Logan Storley in a contentious split decision, with scorecards ranging from 50-45 for Storley to 49-46 for Page among the scoring media members. In October 2021, “MVP” avenged his lone career defeat by taking a decision over Douglas Lima, ending a six-fight winning streak that included four knockouts.

Page was reportedly looking for a summer boxing match, but his promotion allowed him to join the BKFC for this show instead. Page is a 2-0 pro boxer and has one win as a kickboxer, in addition to his 22-bout MMA career.

“Platinum” Perry made his BKFC debut in February, winning a decision over Julian Lane, a competitor from “The Ultimate Fighter” Seasons 16 and 25.

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Perry competed 15 times for the Ultimate Fighting Championship before joining BKFC, finishing with a 7-8 record and four knockout victories. Perry fought once as a professional boxer before joining the UFC, losing to Kenneth McNeil in the fourth round by knockout.

When it comes to London on Aug. 20, BKFC 27 will be the bare-knuckle league’s first visit to the United Kingdom.

The OVO Arena Wembley will host a fight card that will be capped off by the Page-Perry fight, but it isn’t the only one planned for the evening. Connor Tierney of the United Kingdom takes on Joe Elmore of the United States for a shot at Elvin Brito’s welterweight title.

In the heavyweight division, Mick Terrill represents the United Kingdom against Sam Shewmaker, a former title challenger.


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