Michael “Venom” Page – Hands Down

Michael “Venom” Page, is an English kickboxer, karateka, and welterweight mixed martial artist. He is recognised in the MMA community for his unorthodox fighting style which originated from freestyle kickboxing (points fighting) and sport karate.

[7:52] Martial artist first, fighter second. Some people that train like to be fighters and thugs.
[8:20] People forget where it came from. Bowing to show respect in Lau Gar Gong Fu.
[9:34] Family influence.
[10:00] What your young career look like. Point scoring. Martial arts.
[11:00] Focusing on small details. Positions. Movements. Feeling each other out.
[11:55] 10 years ago in MMA, point fighting is not MMA it’s literally just Thai boxing, wrestling, Jiu-jitsu.
[12:50] Why people are dismissing it. I want to just blow up the hands down style. Try to impress as well as win fights.
[13:35] How many years did you do point fighting. Every weekend there was a competition.
[14:35] In Stonebridge Park West London, just next to the Roger Gracie Jiu-jitsu gym.
[16:10] Growing up in London.
[17:45] Did the lifestyle ever attracted you? Kick boxing was an excuse. Community. Barbeque.
[20:50] Movement and space. Being patience.
[21:47] How much do MMA fighters bring to the cage because of the things they have watched in the past. Doing it my way.
[23:10] Frustrated of the lack of publicity. Paying to do the championships.
[24:00] Raymond Daniels. Constant chess game. Speaking with him for an hour before our flight. How much attention other people brought to it.
[27:31] How was the transition into MMA like? Contemplating MMA, Thai boxing, and wrestling.
[30:10] Volume of accurate fights are higher.
[31:15] I’m creative, and when I see someone like Jackie Chan do something in a movie, I would like, hmmm, can I do that. I’m sure I can make that work.
[32:00] Fighting is entertainment. Staying relaxed.
[34:50] Watch me walking into the cage. Before I’m in there, I’m already in that state.
[35:16] Do you register the audience when you are fighting? Zoning into my coach, the opponent, the opponent’s coach, the cameraman and the crowd.
[40:00] Signature move of raising the hands before the fight.
[41:30] WWF’s The Rock one liners. Taking loud, trash talk.
[43:45] Congruent.
[45:00] Used to the hecticness.
[46:30] Listening to music relaxes me.
[47:20] Keeping the let’s have fun mentality.
[47:57] MVP – Michael “Venom” Page
[50:00] Sunglasses during the interviews.
[52:15] Training for the next fighter.
[54:00] My arm was broken when wrestling.
[58:38] Learning from the beginning. Putting aside what you know. Paul and Alexis.
[1:02:19] How long before the first match. Whatever you say.
[1:03:00] How much longer before championships in Bellator.
[1:06:00] What’s it like to be a fighter before the fights.
[1:07:05] Reading people’s comments.
[1:09:00] Comments disrespectful to anyone who’s trained hard to enter the competition.
[1:10:22] The first fight you had, it was a fake right?
[1:11:22] They will always want to see you fail.
[1:12:00] When are you going to fight in the UFC.
[1:15:40] The Bellator brand and the show.
[1:15:46] Conor McGregor. Movement. Spatial awareness.
[1:20:48] Ronda Rousey. The way you market yourself.
[1:24:40] I want to take MMA to the next level.
[1:25:00] When you are being flamboyant, you feed of the energy.
[1:28:00] What do you think of the Americans?
[1:30:46] They love me in Brazil. Anderson Silva.
[1:32:40] How do you keep your ego in check?
[1:33:35] Secure the team around me.
[1:35:00] What do you see in the future besides the acting?
[1:38:35] I just want to be the best Hands Down.
[1:39:53] Why do you fight with your hands down?
[1:43:27] Decide how the fight happens.
[1:44:05] I get bullied and beaten up in the gym so that I it doesn’t happen out there. Just because you guys don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not happening.
[1:46:00] In MMA, you should be able to box with the best and so he fly in the best. Sparing with Chris Eubanks Jr.
[1:46:35] This is why I love it in London Shootfight. Tailoring the training. Alexis Demetriades.
[1:49:42] Patience. OK to wait for the right time.
[1:50:30] Learning from failures.
[1:51:52] Does it ever bother you that you make a living from hurting people.
[1:54:13] Violence.
[1:55:19] The one person who understands me the most is the guy across in the ring.
[1:55:20] You have to respect every single person that goes into the cage.
[1:58:00] Paul Dailey. The British Invasion.
[2:00:10] Fighting with siblings. On the mat, he/she is not your sibling, this is the person you need to beat. After the fight you help that person up.
[2:01:40] Mayweather building up the opponent’s story.
[2:01:48] Robbie Lawler, Johny Hendrix, 170 in UFC. Getting inspiration from anything.
[2:03:15] Ido Portal’s Movement Experience. What did you learn? Body proofing. Prehabilitation.
[2:08:20] Taking different aspects of other sports.
[2:09:09] Phone call to the 20 year old Michael Page.
[2:11:00] Best advice ever received.
[2:13:00] Advice to the 20 year old out there.
[2:14:15] Guilty pleasures. Diet.
[2:25:33] Show us a bit of Hands Down.

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Why no one of these karate guys don’t mention karate when it comes to their training they always say my style is karate but then 50% of my training are boxing and 50% wrestling and than come up to the next mma fight where they doing pure karate 😀

Rono Allan
Rono Allan

M.V.P is absolutely First Class.

Ricky Scott Jr.
Ricky Scott Jr.

I already liked MVP just watching him fight but hearing this I am getting to look at Michael Page and I have so much respect for him. Keep it up

Zack Begg
Zack Begg

great stuff

Xavier Campano
Xavier Campano

F**** love his way of thinking… i kinda recognize myself into this type of “wake up and work hard” for every day of life because you only live once !


I like his humility to really start from zero and listening to the coach when learning new stuff, despite of all his previous successes and experiences.
Overall an inspiring positive attitude.

Brent Shoptaw

Love the show man the videos you post bring People into my circle that a Redneck guy From Arkansas never would get to meet and learn from!

Craig Ali

Up there with Chris Eubank with being one of my favourite guests. A humble but super talented individual with a grounded approach to life. Really inspiring guy and great interview!

Andrew David James

Very knowledgeable young man, just given me the inspiration to train again after a long lay off following an injury.wiser than his years and also made me feel that I can achieve my work/ carrier goals.

Boyan Athanassov

First thing that comes to mind when listening to Michaels interview. “I was not the best because I killed quickly. I was the best because the crowd loved me. Win the crowd and you will win your freedom.” — Proximo


Hands down a knock out interview
Has joined my MLTA list


HANDS DOWN a great show inspiring
MVP is a champion of life, family ,his art,business and himself


Emil Schouw Pedersen

Followed him for 4 years. New from the start he had something speciel. That kind of movement is rare!

Ivo-Ivan Powerlove Yamalieff

awesome episode, great guest, fully in line with the LR channel. Michael does not come across as a fighter, but rather as a performer; he has not bought into the “fighter role” where smiling is not manly enough. Very bright, very well spoken, great personality. He has very clear vision with his brand and he is going to make it big. What makes an impression is how authentic and comfortable with himself he is. It takes a lot of confidence, a lot of intelligence and a very strong connection with his “inner self” to be that different professionally and yet… Read more »

Brian Rose

“Venom” is a true martial artist, I very much enjoyed my time with him I can’t wait to watch his MMA career unfold. He is a future champion no doubt. Please comment and leave me your thoughts!

Ivo-Ivan Powerlove Yamalieff

30 min into the episode, never heard of the guy, already a fan 🙂