Michael Page will go from facing a veteran to a newcomer.
Bellator officials announced Friday that Giovanni Melillo (13-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will step in for Derek Anderson (16-3 MMA, 7-3 BMMA) to take on Page (15-1 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) in the Bellator Europe 6 main event.
Bellator Europe 6 takes place Nov. 23 at The SSE Arena, Wembley in London. The event will simulcast on tape delay in the U.S. on Paramount and DAZN. The Bellator Europe 6 portion of the card will stream live in the U.S. on MMA Junkie.
After Anderson was forced to withdraw due to injury, a replacement opponent was quickly found. The 34-year-old Melillo, from Italy, gets his biggest career opportunity. The Cage Warriors and ACB veteran is coming off a unanimous decision win over Will Chope at Fight Clubbing 24 in May.
Page was able to rebound from his first pro loss to current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima with a flying knee knockout win over Richard Kiely at Bellator 227.
The Bellator Europe 6 lineup now includes:
- Michael Page vs. Giovanni Melillo
- Fabian Edwards vs. Mike Shipman
- Terry Brazier vs. Soren Bak
- Denise Kielholtz vs. Sabriye Sengul
- Kent Kauppinen vs. Andy Manzolo
- Kevin Fryer vs. George Tokkos
- Charlie Leary vs. Tim Wilde
- Damian Frankiewicz vs. Aiden Lee
- Daniel Crawford vs. Robert Whiteford
- Alfie Davis vs. Myles Price
- Walter Gahadza vs. Lewis Long
- Tom Green vs. Akonne Wanliss
- ‘Super’ Shane Campbell vs. Raphael Uchegbu
- Chris Bungard vs. Mario Saeed
- Harry Hardwick vs. Nathan Rose
- Tom Mearns vs. Jeremy Petley
- Pietro Penini vs. Charlie Ward