Michael Page is the latest Brit to be scratched from Bellator 134. | Photo: Keith Mills/Sherdog.com
Bellator MMA’s “British Invasion” today became a little less British, as injury has forced English welterweight Michael Page to withdraw from his bout with Curtis Millender.
MMAFighting.com first reported Page’s removal from Bellator 134 on Monday, and promotion officials subsequently confirmed that a cut was the cause.
The event, which takes place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., has been plagued with injuries which have nixed numerous fights, including a welterweight title bout between Douglas Lima and Paul Daley, as well as a heavyweight duel featuring James Thompson and Bobby Lashley.
Taking Page’s place on the main card will be Brennan Ward, a former middleweight contender who will drop to welterweight to face Millender. Since winning Bellator’s ninth-season middleweight tournament, Ward has suffered back-to-back losses, submitting to Alexander Shlemenko last March before falling via 21-second knockout against Tamdan McCrory in September. Millender, a wrestling convert, has compiled a perfect 7-0 record since making his professional debut 24 months ago.