For the first time in his MMA career, we got to see Michael “Venom” Page take on a legitimate opponent (i.e., not a tomato can). He passed the test with flying colors.
But even though the win – over David Rickels at Bellator 200 – has gone a long way toward giving Page the cage credibility he’s been so desperately lacking, he still a man waffling between two worlds.
Those worlds are MMA and pro boxing.
Keep in mind that Page already has a pro boxing bout under his belt, so this isn’t some Conor McGregor-wannabe thing. Still, the dude just made serious headway in the MMA world, and could really get fans intrigued by taking on (and taking out) more legit and accomplished fighters. Why dilute that? Heck, that beef between him and Paul Daley could pay off nicely.
As per MMAFighting:
Moving forward, Page said he hopes to return to the cage “as soon as possible,” especially after sitting out all of 2017. He said that a potential fight against his rival and countryman Paul Daley is “not dead,” but after everything that’s played out between the two welterweight strikers, he wants Daley to “prove it one way or another,” either by picking up a win before they meet or by wagering his full purse on the match.
In the interim, as Bellator figures out what to do next with Page, “MVP” plans to throw back on his 10-ounce gloves for a second go of things in the boxing ring. Page is currently signed with David Haye’s Hayemaker Ringstar Promotions, and he hopes Bellator doesn’t stand in the way of him earning a quick paycheck in the pugilistic world.
“I’m actually looking at a boxing fight, just to get one in as quickly as possible, so I’m hoping that goes ahead,” Page said. “There’s still a few things we need to kind of sort out, and then straight back into MMA. I feel ridiculously fresh still, because if you saw in that fight, I didn’t get touched, and I’m not injured or anything from that fight as well. I’m good to go, man. I’m back in the gym already, I’m already working on the next moves and bettering myself, so I’m just looking forward to feeling the cage again and being in the ring again and just showing off, and showing off what I can do.”