Rory MacDonald eyes Michael Page on other side of Bellator welterweight grand prix bracket

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Jon Fitch is Rory MacDonald’s opening draw in the welterweight grand prix, but the Bellator champion already is looking across the bracket at Michael Page.

MacDonald (20-5 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) needs a change of scenery, and breakout Bellator star Page offers that.

“I would like to (fight him) because I have already fought Paul Daley and beat him. I have already fought Douglas Lima and beat him,” MacDonald told the “McDojo Show. “If there’s one guy left on the other side of the bracket that’s still in it, I would like to fight ‘MVP,’ but may the best man win.”

“The Red King” continues to wait for a date against Fitch (31-7-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) – Bellator has targeted March for the fight – and will begin his training camp shortly. Already, though, MacDonald claims he’s in a different state of mind. A stumble this past Septemberagainst middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi not only dashed any immediate hopes of holding two belts but reinforced the consequences of taking a fight lightly.

“I think my focus was off during training camp,” MacDonald said. “I just didn’t prepare myself, both physically and mentally. I just was a bit lazy, got a bit comfortable and didn’t give it the respect it deserved for that situation.

“Because I got absolutely destroyed in that fight, I’m not really thinking about middleweight anytime soon. So I’m going to focus on welterweight and see what happens after that.”

Page (13-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA) is set to meet Daley (40-16-2 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) in February at Bellator 216 in a long-anticipated meeting of rivals. Daley is by far the most experienced opponent Page has faced to date. If “Venom” gets past his fellow U.K. slugger, he’ll meet two-time welterweight champ Douglas Lima, who submitted ex-champ Andrey Koreshkov in the quarterfinals of the grand prix.

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