SATURDAY NEWS DIGEST 5/20: Paul Daley vs. Michael “Venom” Page, 12 year old girl wins MMA debut, Ambrose to MMA? (w/Analysis)

By Cole Henry, MMATorch contributor

Paul Daley (photo credit Paul J. Rebilas © USA Today Sports)

Paul Daley vs. Michael “Venom” Page?

Following a rough loss to Rory MacDonald last night at Bellator 179, Paul Daley seemed to still have a little bit of fight left in him. After having a few choice words for Michael Page in his post-fight interview, the two had to be separated as they tried to brawl in the crowd. Today, Scott Coker came out and said that while he doesn’t approve of Daley’s behavior, he will give the fans what they want. It appears we can expect an MVP vs. Paul Daley fight sometime soon.

Henry’s Analysis: This will be a cool fight. We have a chance to see what MVP can do against a higher-level opponent and, of course with it being a Daley fight, we might see an epic knockout. I assume that Rory MacDonald will move on to a title shot, so this is a good fight to keep MVP and Daley busy until the division clears up a bit.

12-Year-old girl wins MMA debut

Momo, a twelve-year-old girl in Japan, made her MMA debut Friday night against an opponent nearly twice her age. The opponent, Momoko Yamazaki, tapped to a rear naked choke early in the fight. It seems that Japanese MMA has no limits.

Dean Ambrose in the UFC?

It doesn’t seem likely, but for those of you who may be interested in seeing Dean Ambrose in the UFC, he has stated his price. The current WWE pro wrestler says that for $500,000 he would be interested in stepping inside of the Octagon. He has no combat sports background, and we all know how that worked out for C.M. Punk. Still, though, stranger things have happened.

Albert Tumenov gets back on track

Albert Tumenov seemed like he had a real future in the UFC. After dropping his UFC debut, Tumenov ripped off five straight wins and seemed prime for a run towards the top of the division. Two straight submission losses later and he was out of the UFC and back to fighting in his homeland of Russia. Last night, Tumenov reminded everybody of why he was at one point held in such high regard. Fighting at Absolute Championship Berkut 61, Tumenov righted the ship when he knocked out Ismael de Jesus in 46 seconds with a couple of well-placed punches. He is an exciting fighter to watch, and it’s good to see that he is back on track.

NOW CHECK OUT YESTERDAY’S UPDATE: FRIDAY NEWS DIGEST 5/19: Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whitaker for Interim Middleweight Title possible (w/Henry’s Analysis)


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