Michael Venom Page Can ‘See Himself’ At UFC, Wants ‘Top 5’ Or ‘Top 10’ Fighter As Debut Opponent

MVP is open to joining the UFC but wouldn't settle for a low-ranking debut opponent.

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Michael Page - Image credit @michaelvenompage Instagram
  • Michael Page thinks the UFC is one of his best landing spots as a free-agent
  • MVP insists on facing a top contender if ever he ends up joining the UFC

Michael “Venom” Page has become a free agent after spending 10 years of his pro MMA career with Bellator. Now a free agent, Page is being linked to a move to the UFC and he seems thrilled about the idea. However, “Venom” pointed out that if ever he lands at the UFC, he wouldn’t settle for anything less than a Top 10 contender.

UFC looks good for MVP

Speaking to David Adesanya on Israel’s official YouTube channel, Page admitted that he hasn’t signed with any promotion yet but he sees himself fitting in well in the UFC. The ex-Bellator star also confessed that money is one of the things he is taking into account when joining a company.

“Whoever can tick the most boxes, that’s where I’ll end up,” Page said. “Because I don’t want to be one of another guy that you know signs to another organization or stays in the same place and then complaining about money and complaining about this, so I don’t want that. I just want to be able to go to an organization and just be the best me, focus on nothing else apart from punching people in the face and doing it in a spectacular fashion because I know I’ve got some crazy skills and I’m yet to even still show people some of the moves that I do and create in the gym.”

“The UFC is a brand that I already pictured myself being in simply because when I joined MMA that was the main thing,” he added. “There was very few other shows that even really existed and even if the other shows that existed, they were very small comparatively. So, that was the goal. Obviously, times has changed there’s a lot of big shows out there now doing well and kind of competing.

“Can I see myself there? Yes,” he continued. “All the fights that can be made there that I think are exceptional? Yes. But it’s still, like I said, it’s whoever ticks the most boxes. There’s still a lot for me to kind of consider before I go over there. So, the deal’s not made yet but can I still see myself there? 100 percent!”

No need for a warm-up Fight

MVP went on and made it crystal clear that he wants to be treated like his fellow former Bellator star in case he joins the UFC. By that, Page meant that he would only agree to fight either a “Top 5” or a “Top 10” opponent in his debut as he believes he has done enough to be considered a title contender.

“I want top five, top 10, max. I don’t feel like I need to prove myself all over again,” Page pointed out. “I don’t need to do that. I just wanna go in there and, you know, we’ve seen it with the likes of Michael Chandler. He went in there, you know, he fought a, I think he was top 10 at the time, Dan Hooker, um, great first win for him that just sprung him into title contention. That is the route I see myself in. I don’t see it in any other way. I don’t need a warm-up fight. I don’t need that. It’s not like I’ve been out of the game for ages. I’m ready to go now.”

Page has been a professional fighter since 2012, boasting a 21-2 MMA record. He is coming off a brutal yet unexpected first-round TKO win over Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 292. Prior to that, Page suffered a majority decision loss to Mike Perry in his BKFC debut last year.

Published on August 23, 2023 at 1:19 pm
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