Michael Page: “There’d Be More People And Companies Willing To Invest In Me If I Wasn’t Black”
Michael Page (14-1 MMA, 11-1 BMMA) is one of the most entertaining fighters to watch in Bellator MMA, known for clowning, spinning strikes, and very quick combos. Evangelista Santos retired after the fight versus Page at Bellator 158. “Venom” hurt his skull badly with a flying knee.
Michael Page was riding on a perfect score of 14-0 before his winning streak was snapped by Douglas Lima at Bellator 221 (the punch turned the lights out). Yet, Michael believes he’d get more support if his skin color was white.
“I genuinely feel if I was a white fighter with the same talents, I would have more support and money,” Page said in an interview with Metro.
The 5th dan black belt in Kickboxing claims he has never had any racism issues with promoters. Yet, the great striker believes that the English black guy’s road to success is more difficult compared to a white fighter.
“As an English fighter, it’s hard for me to get any promotion,” Page said. “As a black English fighter it’s even harder. Culture is part of politics and politics is part of sport.”
“There’d be more companies willing to invest in me if I wasn’t black,” Page stated.
Michael Page will meet Richard Keily in the co-main event of Bellator Dublin. It is set for September 27, 2019. What are your thoughts on his controversial claims?