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Bellator 200’s Michael Page talks year-long layoff, not rushing title shot

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Striking dynamo Michael ‘Venom’ Page will return to action this Friday at Bellator 200, after spending well over a year on the sidelines due to injury.

The British fan favorite says he only made things worse by rushing into training prematurely, instead of allowing for a full, 100 percent 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.”

Now that MVP is fully recovered, the London Shootfighter looks forward to taking on David Rickels (19-4) at Bellator 200, where he will hope to extend his win streak to 13-0.

“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.”

Despite competing under the Bellator banner for over four years, and notching seven straight wins in the promotion, Page is still not eyeing a weltweweight title shot and is content to take things slow.

“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.”

Bellator 200: Cro Cop vs. Nelson takes place later this Friday, May 25 at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London.

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