Bellator 248 results: Michael ‘Venom’ Page grinds out decision over Ross Houston in Paris

The main event of Bellator 248 saw Michael Page go the distance for only the fourth time in his professional career. But the English welterweight did enough to take the victory on the scorecards, as he claimed a unanimous decision win over the debuting Ross Houston in Paris.

Former Cage Warriors welterweight champion Houston (8-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) came out looking calm, composed, and patient in the early moments of the 175-pound catchweight matchup, and appeared to make a major breakthrough when he caught a jumping knee attempt from Page (18-1 MMA, 14-1 BMMA) and took “MVP” to the mat.

However, Houston’s pursuit of an improved position on the mat meant he didn’t unload any serious ground and pound from top position as an opportunity to connect with some significant offense came and went with the sound of the bell at the end of the round,

Page came out at the start of Round 2 with his hands uncharacteristically high, and stung Houston with a rapier-like right hand. He then backed Houston against the cage and snapped the Scot’s head backward with an uppercut that Houston dismissed with a wagging finger.

Page then shrugged off Houston’s takedown attempt to send his foe to the mat, then landed some stinging ground strikes, including a big shot that connected with the back of Houston’s head that forced referee Todd Anderson to halt the action to allow Houston to recover.

When the action resumed, Houston moved in and looked to take Page to the canvas, but the Englishman turned the tables and took Houston down instead. “MVP” then moved into side control for the remaining seconds of the round.

This meant the action headed into a third and final round and, with Houston unable to find an opening and Page scoring with pot-shots from the outside, action was in short supply as the bout went all the way to the judges’ scorecards.

All three scored the fight for the Englishman, as Page polled scores of 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 to extend his win streak to four and hand Houston the first defeat of his professional career.

Oliver Enkamp continues run of finishes with Japanese necktie

Swedish welterweight Oliver Enkamp produced another impressive display to secure a first-round submission finish of France’s Emmanuel Dawa and continue his unbeaten run since joining the Bellator roster.

After a wild striking exchange to start, Dawa (9-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) took advantage of a failed judo throw from Enkamp (10-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) to put the Swedish fighter on his back. Enkamp worked his way free and, after surviving a guillotine choke attempt, picked up the Frenchman and slammed him to the mat.

With Enkamp in top position, “The Future” worked from half-guard as he connected with strikes, while constantly looking for the opportunity to improve his position. That moment eventually came as he moved into mount, before switching again to lock up a Japanese necktie to force the tap and secure his third straight first-round finish inside the Bellator cage.

Alan Omer overwhelms Ryan Scope, then calls out ‘Pitbull’ brothers

German lightweight Alan Omer scored a huge win on his Bellator debut as he overwhelmed England’s Ryan Scope with strikes to register a first-round TKO victory, before calling out the “Pitbull” brothers, Patricky and Patricio Freire, in his post-fight speech.

Omer (24-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) wasted no time in letting his hands fly as he forced Scope (10-4 MMA, 0-3 BMMA) onto the back foot early, but the Brit quickly composed himself against the cage and gained separation.

But despite returning to the center of the cage, Scope wasn’t out of danger for long, as Omer blitzed in with strikes once again and landed a succession of heavy strikes from the clinch to send the Englishman down to the canvas.

With Scope turtled up, Omer rained down a succession of unanswered shots, including a vicious knee to the body, before referee Todd Anderson waved off the action after 106 seconds.

“Who’s the champion? Pitbull?” he asked. “First of all I’ll take his brother, then him!”

Mads Burnell batters Darko Banovic in featherweight opener

The first fight of the night saw former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Mads Burnell claim a routine first-round TKO victory over Austrian-based Bosnian Darko Banovic.

Both men immediately stood in the pocket and started throwing strikes but, after a failed takedown attempt from Banovic (17-8 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), Burnell (14-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) went for a takedown of his own and very deliberately placed his man onto the canvas.

With the action on the mat, Burnell moved to side control and connected with solid ground and pound. His striking pressure forced Banovic to give up his back, and Burnell continued his assault with strikes from the back until referee Todd Anderson had seen enough and waved off the action at the 3:13 mark.

Bellator 248: Official results

  • Michael Page def. Ross Houston via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Oliver Enkamp def. Emmanuel Dawa via submission (Japanese necktie) – Round 1, 4:10
  • Alan Omer def. Ryan Scope via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:46
  • Mads Burnell def. Darko Banovic via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:13

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