Michael Page
Perfect record no more
May 12, 2019
Page lost to Douglas Lima via KO (punches) at 0:35 of Round 2 at Bellator 221 on Saturday in Rosemont, Illinois.
Page has officially been dealt his first professional loss while being knocked out of contention for the welterweight title in the process. Lima was the more patient striker in this one, as he waited for Page's explosive shots and effectively counted. A superman punch attempt in the first round resulted in Lima finishing in top position, which likely cost Page the first round. In the second, Page landed one of his leaping punches that appeared to hurt Lima, but again looked for the finishing blows too soon. While lunging forward, Lima kicked out Page's legs, and finished him with a right hand while he was attempting to stand up. Page is an exciting fighter that will still get high-profile bouts, but his quest for a title will fall short after the tournament semifinal exit. That honor will instead be up for grabs between the winner of Lima and a June 14 matchup between Rory MacDonald and Neiman Gracie.
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Advances in welterweight tourney
February 17, 2019
Page defeated Paul Daley via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) to advance to the semifinals of the Bellator Welterweight Tournament at Bellator 216 on Saturday.
What was expected to be a back-and-forth striking showcase turned into a matchup based primarily on grappling, much to the dismay of fight fans. Page was able to adjust to this game plan by Daley, and while he was taken down multiple times over the course of the bout, he ultimately landed the more powerful shots when the two were standing, including a few trademark knees. The momentum really started to turn Page's way in the fourth round, where he reversed position on one of Daley's takedowns and dealt out one of the more noteworthy beatings of the five-round affair He likely secured the victory in the fifth, when he was able to get Daley's back and go for a submission attempt while controlling position. MVP was the favorite in this fight and he cashed in for bettors, even if it was by a narrow margin. He's now ticketed for a date with Paul Daley in the tournament's semifinals.
Inks fresh deal with Bellator MMA
July 30, 2018
Page has signed a contract extension to remain with Bellator MMA, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
The specific financials of the deal were not disclosed, but the important part is that Page will now be under contract throughout the upcoming Bellator welterweight Grand Prix (and beyond). Look for the promotion to announce a fight for one of their top 170-pound contenders in the upcoming months. Page is just 31 years old, and is 13-0 as a professional. He's only fought once in the last two years, however, taking time off to participate in boxing matches. With a new deal under his belt, he should be able to shift his focus to the Bellator welterweight title.
Forces David Rickels to quit at Bellator 200
May 25, 2018
Page defeated David Rickels via Submission (punch) at 0:43 of Round 2 at Bellator 200 on Friday in London.
Page finally returned to Bellator after sitting out all of 2017. He took a step up in competition here and picked up the win impressively. After Page dominated the first round with his exotic striking, he came out looking for more in the second. Rickels tried to walk him down, but he ended up eating a hard punch that cut him. He tried to stop the fight himself and the referee agreed. Page looked impressive yet again, an fans will certainly want to see him finally take on his rival Paul Daley.
Betting favorite in Bellator return
May 24, 2018
Page is a (-335) betting favorite for his welterweight matchup against David Rickels at Bellator 200 on Friday in London.
Page has yet to record a loss in 12 professional fights, but recently took some time off to explore boxing opportunities. The last time Bellator fans saw "MVP" in the cage was back in November 2016, when he collected a lackluster split-decision win over Fernando Gonzalez. He was scheduled for a matchup against Derek Anderson at Bellator 179, but had to withdraw due to a knee injury. Now in good health, Page will look to solidify his status in the 170-pound division, with his sights likely set on a shot at current champion Rory MacDonald. He'll first have to get through Rickels, a fighter that hasn't lost since a 2015 bout Michael Chandler, who most regard as the best lightweight on the roster. Page is two years old than Rickels, but will have a four-inch height advantage. There's little reason to worry that the explosiveness that made Page so dangerous has wavered in any way.
Scores third-round knockout in professional boxing debut
October 20, 2017
Page defeated Jonathan Castano via KO (punch) in Round 3 under boxing rules on Friday in London.
The Bellator welterweight became the latest MMA fighter to compete in the boxing ring. On Friday, he scored a third-round knockout over Jonathan Castano. Despite having never competed in boxing, Page came into the fight as a big favorite due mostly to the fact that Castano had lost 11 of his 14 professional bouts. Page spent most of the first two rounds keeping his distance and scoring with the occasional straight punch. In the third round, "Venom" came forward with a right hook that dropped Castano. The Spanish fighter got back to his feet before the ten count, but the referee still waived off the bout. Following the victory, Page is expected to return to his MMA roots at Bellator 191, which takes place Dec. 15 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.