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SHOWMAN: Page demonstrates his kicking ability

OVER 500,000 viewers on video sharing website YouTube have witnessed Michael Page make his spectacular mixed martial arts (MMA) debut back in February when he won with a devastating tornado kick.

While the 25-year-old welterweight is new to MMA, the former kickboxing world champion has been practising martial arts “for his whole life” and his offence has left audiences in awe.

Nicknamed ‘Venom’ and ‘MVP’, Page has four wins (three K.Os, one submission) to his name and wants to convert MMA’s biggest detractors into fans of the sport.

The Londoner told the Voice of Sport: “A lot of people have quite a negative view on mixed martial arts because it’s in a cage and how brutal it can get so certain people don’t watch it. But I want those people to want to watch it.

“Hopefully I encourage people to watch it when I start doing different moves in the cage and make the whole sport more entertaining.”


PROGRESSING: The 25-year-old is making headway in MMA

Explaining the reasons why he switched from kickboxing to MMA, Page said: “There’s not enough opportunity in the kickboxing industry. It’s quite small and I did quite a lot in it anyway so I just wanted to move onto something where I could keep progressing and potentially make a living out of it as well.”

With his unorthodox style and boisterous displays of showmanship, the MMA community has compared Page to long-reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion Anderson Silva on numerous occasions, which he appreciates but also sees as a hindrance.

“I understand it and I take it as a compliment but it’s not something I actually read into at all,” said Page, who trains out of the London Shootfighters gym.

“It’s not something that I want to stick, I want to have my own presence in the MMA world but I understand where they’re coming and from watching Anderson Silva – from his record and what he’s done – that’s a massive compliment.”

Despite being a four-fight novice, Page – who comes from a family of elite fighters - has competed in the Super Fight League in India and has signed a contract with Bellator, one of the world’s leading MMA organisations.

The UFC, however, is the premier MMA company but Page is no hurry to compete on their shows.

“For me, I’m just enjoying the journey. I enjoy fighting, training and progressing to bigger and better shows. Obviously the biggest show in MMA is UFC and I would like to one day perform on that platform as well but I’m not in a rush to get there.”

Page was scheduled to make his Bellator debut last month in America but is currently sidelined after having surgery on an old jaw injury.

Nevertheless, if you have not seen Page fight before, he jovially warned: “Expect the unexpected! Expect to see something unique to what’s already out there. I want to try and bring something fresh and make it entertaining as well.

“The more eyes I have watching me, the more crazy stuff I want to pull off.”

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