After the withdraw of Derek Anderson from his main event fight against Michael Page, Bellator has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to secure a new opponent.
First reported by Standard Sport in London This morning can be revealed that Bellator now has that replacement. Italian Giovanni Melillo now steps into the main event with London’s own ‘MVP’.
Giovanni Melillo has a current pro record of 13-4-0, his last fight was at Fight Clubbing 24 in Pescara, Italy where he won via Unanimous Decision back in May of this year. Melillo is not a new face around the UK having already trained and competed with some of the best the UK has to offer, even competing on Cage Warriors 83 in Wales.
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‘MVP’ told the Standard sport that
“He has nothing to lose and everything to gain. He’s going to come in all guns blazing – he is expected to lose anyway especially with the short notice but he’d be the underdog anyway even if it was a planned fight. “I don’t know Giovanni’s character or personality but I always expect the best from my opponents – I expect him not to give a s*** who is across the cage from him. He has everything to gain.”
Bellator London goes down on the card on 23 November from the SSE Arena, Wembley.
Check the full updated card below:
Michael Page vs. Giovanni Melillo
Fabian Edwards vs. Mike Shipman
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