Michael ‘Venom’ Page On Goiti Yamauchi’s Gruesome Knee Injury: ‘It Took That Kind Of Energy Out Of Me’

"MVP" was celebrating his victory until he realized the damage his opponent suffered.

Michael Page
Michael Page - Image Credit @BellatorMMA Twitter
  • Michael Page admitted he lost some energy while celebrating his win after seeing what happened to Goiti Yamauchi’s knee
  • MVP wished he had just knocked his opponent out

Bellator’s electrifying star Michael “Venom” Page did not know how much damage he inflicted on his opponent Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 292 until he finally did. If he could redo it all over again, MVP would’ve wished he just scored a knockout or something.

A shocking moment

The fight did not even go north of 30 seconds as Page blew Yamauchi’s right knee early in the opening round with a devastating leg kick. Speaking in his post-fight presser, Page said he knew Yamauchi wasn’t getting back to his feet when he saw him grab his knee but he wasn’t aware that it actually popped.

Admittedly, MVP said it kind of took away some fun in his victory celebration.

“I still don’t quite know exactly what it is to be fair. Obviously, I saw him go down and I just thought you know I don’t know if I [hit a] nerve whatever but obviously, when I saw him grasp his leg I was like, ‘He’s not getting back up.’ I didn’t see the lump until I looked up at the screen so, I was like I’m in my celebrating element and then actually looked up to see what it was and it kind of took the it, took that kind of energy out of me,” Page told reporters.

MVP isn’t proud of it

Page knew that Yamauchi will have to be sidelined longer than usual because of the gruesome injury and it makes him feel as if he took away the man’s chance of making money in a way. And he hates it.

“I was just saying to my boy as well… I come here to win fights 100 percent but I don’t like taking money out of people’s pocket and what I mean is yes, he’s gonna get paid for this fight but because of the damage, he’s going to be out a lot longer whereas if I knocked him out or whatever, [he’d have] 90-day ban blah blah blah which is he’s not going to get a fight in between that time then he’d be back ready you know making money again, ready to fight again so, I just I just hate that for him,” Page explained.

Nevertheless, the win saw Page improving his MMA record to 21-2. It marked his return to Bellator after suffering a majority decision loss to Mike Perry at BKFC 27 in August. Prior to that, “Venom” competed for the interim welterweight title but lost via split decision to Logan Storley at Bellator 281.

As for Yamauchi, he failed to prolong his three-fight winning streak and is expected to be out of action for quite some time.

Published on March 11, 2023 at 12:22 pm
Stay up-to-date with the latest MMA news, rumors, and updates by following the RED Monster on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Also, don't forget to add MiddleEasy to your Google News feed Follow us on Google News for even more coverage.


Leave a Comment