Venom: Putting hands on people is my belt
Bellator welterweight Michael ‘Venom’ Page, 31, is a perfect 12-0 in MMA, but due to injury hasn’t fought since November 19, 2016. On Friday, May 25, Page fights David Rickels at Bellator 200 in front of London, England hometown crowd. His return was delayed by trying to get back to training before he had fully healed.
“It didn’t take too long to get back, but when you should be continuing to take it easy, as soon as it feels good, you want to jump back into training and do the things you were doing before,” said Page to Mick Hammond for MMAWeekly.com. “That’s a mistake and you should keep taking things easy. I’d end up pushing myself a bit too fast and then it goes again. I did that a few times, which was annoying, but I had a lot of help from the coaches, fighters and therapists here.”
“When your job is to fight and you’re not fighting, it can go very slow. It can make it very hard to want to keep pushing and inspiring yourself to train. It’s part of the journey of life, so I got through it and got back on track. I started training slightly different. I sorted my injury out, I sorted a couple of other things out, and now we’re here.”
“I’ve just to use my style, make sure I’m in shape and I’m myself. I have to make it so he doesn’t know where every punch is coming from, where every kick is coming from.”
With a win ‘Venom’ could get a title shot vs. Bellator division champ Rory MacDonald.
“Nothing has to happen,” said Page. “I don’t care much for the belt. I only care about going out there and putting hands on people – that’s my belt.”
Other contenders for MacDonald’s belt include ex-champs Andrey Koreshkov and Douglas Lima, and Lorenz Larkin.