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Michael ‘Venom’ Page will test free agency soon but says ‘Bellator is home’ for now

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Michael Venom Page will test free agency soon but says Bellator is home for now

MMA star Michael Page only has two fights left on his Bellator contract.

Michael Venom Page, or ‘MVP’, is perhaps the biggest MMA star outside of the UFC. The British talent captivates audiences with his unorthodox striking and menacing in-cage antics and has quickly become one of the most recognizable names under the Bellator banner.

Page’s brutal flying knee knockout and Pokemon-inspired post-fight celebration at Bellator 158 went viral, and the London Shootfighter has all the makings of a superstar.

Venom, who is undefeated at 12-0, only has two fights left on his Bellator contract and will be testing free agency in the near-future. But for now, Bellator is his home.

“I honestly don’t know,” Page told Jim Edwards of Champions.co when asked what the future holds. “Obviously, it’s a tough decision and position to be in. I’ve talked to all my loved ones, and it’s difficult, man. Everyone has their different views and stuff. When the time comes, I’ll really look into making that decision. For the minute, Bellator is home, and I’m just going to get on with it. I’m going to focus on Derek Anderson and nothing else.”

“I believe I’ve just got two more. I got this one [against Anderson] and then another one. Then, we will see. We will see what happens, man. I could well be a free agent. I have to keep my focus, though. I can’t look ahead, because if I were to lose this fight badly, then that changes things in a big way. I just have to do what I do best and put people away and entertain at the same time.”

Page, who is coming off a lacklustre split decision win over Fernando Gonzalez, is focused on Derek Anderson for now and wants to put on a spectacular show for the fans at Bellator London.

“I plan to steal the show every time I step in the cage, man,” he said. “I really do love what I’m doing. I just love to fight and it’s still fun for me—it’s still like a game. That’s what makes it different for me compared to other fighters. They take it so super serious and it’s super stressful for a lot of fighters. The result means a lot to them, but to me, I’m just enjoying myself. When I first came into the sport, I had no idea how far I could go. I was just more curious to see if my style could work. It’s such a tough sport, but I’m just here to see who long I can keep the ball rolling and see how far I can push myself. I’m just enjoying myself right now.”

Bellator 179, which will feature Page vs. Anderson in the co-main event and Paul Daley vs. Rory MacDonald in the main event, takes place on May 19 at the SSE Arena in MVP’s backyard of London, England.


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