MMA pundits have said Michael Page is the future of MMA. He’s undefeated in 13 fights, 11 of those wins coming by stoppage. His electric style is one to behold, as he can finish opponents from any position inside the cage.
Page started training in Lau Gar Kung Fu at the age of 3 under the guidance of his father. At 5, Page competed in his first kickboxing tournament and went on to win 10 world kickboxing championships, winning his first in 1998, when he was only 12.
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Tired of the politics in kickboxing, Page switched to mixed martial arts in the summer of 2011. About seven months later, Page made his pro debut, defeating Ben Dishman by first-round TKO at UCMMA 26 in February 2012.
In April 2012, Page announced he signed a five-fight contract in which he would be allowed to compete in Bellator and the India-based promotion, Super Fight League.
Since Bellator 120, Page has fought exclusively for Bellator. During his time in the Viacom-owned promotion, he’s beaten former Strikeforce welterweight title challenger Evangelista Santos and former Bellator lightweight title challenger David Rickels.
Page has also dabbled in the boxing, winning both of his bouts via stoppage.
The sky is the limit for the 31-year-old. He’s a future world champion, and if he keeps it together, the future of the sport.
Let’s take a look at the last five fights of Michael Page.
Michael Page vs. David Rickels
Date: May 25, 2018
Result: Page won by second-round TKO.
Summary: Rickels had been expected to be the toughest test in Page’s career at Bellator 200. Page passed the course with ease. He showed great counter-striking and forced Rickels to react to everything he did. In the early part of the second round, Page connected on a vicious right hand, which caused the cut Rickels suffered in the first round to open, and blood started gushing out. Rickels turned his back on Page and said he was done fighting. Yet another example of the frightening potential of MVP.
Michael Page vs. Fernando Gonzalez
Date: Nov. 19, 2016
Result: Page won by split decision.
Summary: For the first time in his career, Page looked unspectacular at Bellator 165. The first two rounds saw Page and Gonzalez do next to nothing. In the third round, Gonzalez did just enough to win the round, but not the fight. Page blamed Gonzalez for not wanting to fight in the opening two rounds, but Page wasn’t doing too much to press the action himself. Plain and simple, Page underestimated Gonzalez, and it almost cost him.
Michael Page vs. Evangelista Santos
Date: July 16, 2016
Result: Page won by second-round knockout.
Summary: Page was set to face rival Paul Daley at Bellator 158. But Daley went a different route and fought Douglas Lima. Santos took the fight, and it will be a decision that he may forever regret.
Santos started off quickly by securing a takedown. But he was unable to do much with it and gave away a golden opportunity. Page cranked up the pressure in the second round, unleashing a barrage of strikes at Santos, who was clearly out of his element against the versatile striker. After Page connected on a vicious liver kick, Santos lunged forward and saw Page connect with one of the greatest flying knee finishes in the history of MMA. Santos ended up suffering a depressed frontal sinus fracture due to the blow.
At the end of 2016, Bellator showed a video of the greatest KOs in its history, and this held the No.1 spot. That one knee put the entire MMA world on notice and vaulted Page as one of the most dangerous strikers in the sport.
Michael Page vs. Jeremie Holloway
Date: April 22, 2016
Result: Page won by first-round submission.
Summary: Page let Holloway know from the opening seconds of Bellator 153 who was in control by immediately dropping him with a right hand. Holloway landed a low blow, and all that seemed to do was make Page angry. Page responded by rocking Holloway with a right hand. Holloway attempted a takedown, but Page unloaded a series of hard hammerfists. Somehow, in process of getting pounded away, Holloway tried for a leg lock, but to the shock of everyone, Page made Holloway tap out to an inverted toe hold for his third submission win in 10 fights.
Michael Page vs. Charlie Ontiveros
Date: Oct. 23, 2015
Result: Page won by first-round TKO.
Summary: Page demonstrated from the opening bell when he threw a couple side kicks that it would be a long night for Ontiveros at Bellator 144. Ontiveros tried his hardest to find an opening Page, but couldn’t figure him out. Page took the fight to the ground, and it was all over from there. He connected on a series of vicious elbows, which ended up breaking Ontiveros’ jaw. Ontiveros decided he longer wanted to absorb the punishment and verbally submitted.