Last month at UCMMA 26 in the UK we were witness, via the extraordinary powers of the internet to a new MMA prospect in only his first fight. With more than 20 years experience in sport karate and kickboxing, Michael Page moved into MMA and completely devastated his opponent in his debut, giving us a glimpse of what a tornado kick to the face of a man will do to his equilibrium. With his non walk-off KO and utter disregard for any sort of defence other than moving backwards while flailing his arms in a showboating masterclass, Michael Page fights like the Anderson Silva that faced Thales Leites, if God Himself was using a Genesis controller with the Turbo switch on to control his movements. As one of the longest limbed welterweights I can remember at this moment, it only feels like a matter of time before he pulls off a genuine Dhalsim special move and celebrates by floating in the Lotus position in the centre of the cage.
Last night Page fought for the second time and demonstrated that he can take care of himself even when his tornado kick goes wrong and leaves him lying on his back. With his opponent Miguel Bernard giddy that he didn’t have to strike with Page anymore, he willingly jumped into his guard and was instantly caught in a triangle choke. Despite Bernard managing to pull his head out, Page switched instantly to an armbar and got the tap moments later, giving himself a great birthday present. You can watch all of this as it unfolds in the video below. Props to aligatorfuchouse for uploading the video.