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Michael Page to face Derek Anderson in Bellator’s return to London

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Michael "Venom" Page (12-0), who has bounced around a combat sports gym since the age of three as the son of a champion kickboxer, will face what could be his highest-caliber test in Derek Anderson (14-3) on Bellator's May 19 show in London at the SSE Wembley Arena.

The Telegraph in the U.K. first reported the news on Friday.

Anderson, who has been fighting at lightweight, will move up a division, and is coming off a loss to Derek Campos on the Jan. 21 show at the Forum in Los Angeles. He had previously won decisions over Saad Awad and Patricky "Pitbull" Freire in his previous fights.

Page, who started competing in karate tournaments at five, and held karate and kickboxing world championships before going into MMA in 2012, is best known for one of the most devastating knockouts in the sports' history when he defeated Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos with a flying knee in his last fight in London on July 16.

Page, who grew up in London, had been pushing for a fight with Paul Daley. Daley will instead headline the show in facing Rory MacDonald, in MacDonald's first match since signing with Bellator. Page had been vocal about Daley taking a fight with MacDonald over him.

Page had dominated all of his opponents since the start of his career, with 10 finishes in his first 11 fights. But he's coming off the most disappointing fight of his career, a split-decision win over Fernando Gonzalez on Nov. 19 in a fight in San Jose, Calif., that was heavily booed for its lack of action, and which many believed Page should have lost.