Superstar striker and master showboater Michael Page has been coddled by Bellator for so long, it became hard to image he could beat anything other than a tomato can.

Well, as evidenced by his co-main event turn against veteran David Rickels at Bellator 200 last night, Page was ready for the step up in competition. Ready for it in a big way.

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First, let’s address how Rickels looked in comparison to “Venom”; he looked like crap. He was lumbering like a caveman, which, sure, hasn’t really caused him much problems when taking on lesser dudes in his long Bellator career, but has cost him against the likes of Michael Chandler and Patricky Friere.

And it cost him against Page, who danced circles around him, lashing out with strikes seemingly whenever he wanted.

It was one such strike – in the form of a right hand – that wrecked Rickel’s eye, and forced Rickel’s to say “No mas.”

A TKO win over someone of Rickel’s caliber is a great notch in Page’s cap.