Michael “Venom” Page is an English kickboxer,
Karateka and mixed martial artist, fighting in the welterweight division. He is recognised
in the MMA community for his unorthodox fighting style, which he has been using since he was
competing in freestyle kickboxing. Kickboxing
His father is Curtis Page, a Lau Gar Kung Fu Master, and his brothers are also Kickboxing
World Champions. Michael began training in martial arts at
the age of 3 in Lau Gar Kung Fu, and competed at his first Karate tournament at the age
of 5. Because almost everyone in his family, including his dad Curtis Page, were involved
in martial arts he felt he should follow suit. Page has won ten world championships in freestyle
kickboxing – his first being at the age of 12 – as well as being crowned British
champion a “silly amount of times” in his words. He has also trained at Cobham Martial
Arts Centre in Surrey. One notable world title win was at the W.A.K.O. World Championships
2007, where at the men’s Semi Contact division, he won the gold medal after defeating Ireland’s
Dave Heffernan by decision. He also competed at the World Combat Games 2010 in the 89 kg
semi-contact division, where he won silver, just losing out on gold to the division winner
Kristian Jaroszkievicz. He also coaches and trains others in kickboxing
when he isn’t competing. Mixed martial arts career
Background He currently trains with the London Shootfighters,
a camp with a slew of recognizable names such as James Thompson, Mostapha Al Turk, Marius
Zaromskis, Karlos Vemola, Zelg Galesic, John Hathaway and Lee Murray.
UCMMA Page made his MMA debut at UCMMA 26 against
Ben Dishman, which he won via TKO from a tornado kick. This fight had the whole MMA community
talking about Page’s striking skills, going as far as calling him ‘The UK’s Anderson Silva’.
Page next faced Miguel Bernard at UCMMA 27 in a 175 lbs catchweight bout, winning once
again in impressive fashion. After both men spent over a minute using their unorthodox
striking styles, Page slipped and fell onto his back. Bernard followed him to the ground,
prompting Page to go for a triangle choke. After managing to pull his head out, Bernard
found himself in an armbar, forcing him to tap out at 1:43 into the first round.
Page then went back to his roots as a kickboxer when he fought in a UK-1 bout at UCMMA 29.
Page was supposed to challenge UCMMA UK-1 Welterweight champion Peter Irving for the
belt. However, Irving had to pull out of the fight due to injury and was replaced by Jefferson
George after another three opponents dropped out after also being injured. Page won the
fight after knocking out George from a two punch combination in the second round.
Super Fight League On 23 June, the Super Fight League announced
that they had signed Michael Page, along with Jeff Monson, Satoshi Ishii, Rameau Thierry
Sokoudjou. Page made his debut for the Super Fight League
at SFL 7 against Haitham Tantawy, winning by doctor stoppage due to cuts.
Page returned to Super Fight League in April 2013 to face Ramdan Mohamed as the main event
at SFL 15 in India and won via submission. Bellator Fighting Championships/MMA
After winning his UK-1 fight against Jefferson George, he announced post-fight that he has
signed a contract with Bellator Fighting Championships, and that he will fight for both Bellator and
the Super Fight League under their respective contracts.
Page was expected to make his debut for the promotion at Bellator 82, however he pulled
out of the bout citing surgery for an old jaw injury.
Page eventually made his debut on 21 March 2013 at Bellator 93. He faced Ryan Sanders
and won the fight via knock out at just ten seconds into the first round.
Page was scheduled to fight at Bellator 102 but had to withdraw due to injury. A later
appearance slated for Bellator 109 was also cancelled due to injury.
Page defeated Ricky Rainey via KO in the first round at Bellator 120 on 17 May 2014.
Page is expected to face Nah-Shon Burrell at Bellator 128 on 10 October 2014.
Trivia Page listed his favorite fight, he witnessed
in person, to be a “freestyle kickboxing bout – Simon Lewis vs Matthew Winsper”.
His father is his biggest influence towards his combat sports career.
He has fought Glory fighter Raymond Daniels in numerous Karate point fighting tournaments
He is currently sponsored by Grips Athletics and Multipower Sportsfood.
Mixed martial arts record References External links
Professional MMA record for Michael Page from Sherdog