Welterweight clash pitting undefeated Michael “Venom” Page against Rudy “Bad News” Bears added to "Bellator MMA: Lima vs. Koreshkov"

Apr 28, 2015
(PRESS RELEASE) -- SANTA MONICA, California – Michael Page (7-0) will look to keep his unbeaten streak alive when he meets 29-fight veteran Rudy Bears (16-13) in a welterweight tilt at "Bellator: Lima vs. Koreshkov," which takes place Friday, July 17, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

The July 17 event is shaping up to be a tremendous showcase of welterweight talent, already featuring previously announced bouts between Bellator MMA Welterweight World Champion Douglas Lima (26-5) and Russian knockout artist Andrey Koreshkov (17-1), as well as Chris Honeycutt (6-0), who takes on Paul Bradley (22-6).

The two 170-pounders meet on the main card of "Bellator MMA: Lima vs. Koreshkov," which airs live and free on Spike at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT.

Tickets for the event are on sale now, and are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office or Ticketmaster.com.

Page is undoubtedly one of the fastest-rising stars in all of mixed martial arts. Showcasing blazing speed and pinpoint accuracy, “Venom’s” unorthodox striking style has been built over a lifetime of study in a variety of standup disciplines. The 28-year-old already owns three Bellator MMA victories, including a decision win over Nah-Shon Burrell this past October, as well as knockout wins over Ricky Rainey and Ryan Sanders. Six of Page's seven career wins have come via first-round finish.

A 36-year-old Missouri native, Bears began his combat sports training in high school. Fighting professionally since 2007, Bears has appeared seven times previously under the Bellator MMA banner and now returns to the promotion after racking up back-to-back victories on the regional stage. Bears has competed against MMA notables the likes of Zak Cummings, Paul Daley, Jason High, Ryan Jensen, Isaac Vallie-Flagg and Tyron Woodley, amongst others.

Additional contests for "Bellator MMA: Lima vs. Koreshkov" will be announced shortly.

"Bellator MMA: Lima vs. Koreshkov" – Friday, July 17, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.

Bellator Welterweight Title Fight: Champ Douglas Lima (26-5) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (17-1)

Bellator Welterweight Feature Fight: Chris Honeycutt (6-0) vs. Paul Bradley (22-6)

Bellator Welterweight Feature Fight: Michael Page (7-0) vs. Rudy Bears (16-13)

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