Bellator: Michael ‘Venom’ Page talks year-long layoff, not rushing title shot

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Undefeated Bellator superstar and striking maniac Michael ‘Venom’ Page will make his much anticipated return after almost 18 months against David Rickels at Bellator 200 in London on May 25.

London’s own Page is on a 12-fight winning streak but still decided to take some time off, Page says he has only made things worse by rushing into training instead of allowing a full 100% recovery.


“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,” Page told Mick Hammond of MMA Weekly in a recent interview. “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 (worse) again. I did that a few times, which was annoying, but I had a lot of help from the coaches, fighters and (physical) therapists here.”

Despite competing under the Bellator banner for four years and stacking up a seven fight winning streak, Page is still not eyeing a welterweight title shot and is focused entirely on David Rickels to extend his winning streak to 13.

“I’ve just to use my style, make sure I’m in shape and I’m myself,” Page said. “I have to make it so (Rickels) doesn’t know where every punch is coming from, where every kick is coming from.”

“Nothing has to happen,” Page said when asked if a win over Rickels would catapult him into title contention. “I don’t care much for the belt. I only care about going out there and putting hands on people – that’s my belt.”

Page did a boxing venture during his time off. Page made his boxing debut on 20 October 2017 at Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night against Jonathan Castano as the co-main event. He won via technical knockout in the third round.

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