Michael “Venom” Page – Knockout Artist: The Evolution of An MMA Fighter
Michael ‘Venom’ Page is the British professional MMA fighter, entrepreneur, and flagship star of Bellator.
He is known for an array of highlight-reel knockouts his unorthodox ‘hands down’ fighting style, due to his background as a karate “point fighter”.
Inside the cage, Michael Page is a natural showman, known for taunting opponents, walk-away knockouts, in-fight selfies, and post-fight Pokemon ball-rolls.
He recently defeated Richard Kiley by flying knee knockout and is next scheduled to fight Giovanni Melillo at Wembley Arena here in London.
02:42 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
03:47 Brian’s introduction.
04:32 Michael talks through his first fight loss and what it meant to him.
15:48 Relaxed, having fun, mentally agile and aware of what is going on around him in a fight.
20:19 The face off battle.
27:25 Michael praises the attitude of the Irish fans and wishes all fans would behave similarly.
31:22 Michael’s view of the UFC introduction of the Interim Belt.
33:45 Michael praises founders of London Shootfighters, Alexis Demetriades and Paul Ivens
44:22 The fear of participating in an MMA fight and the mental effect of money on a fighter.
51:00 Memorable night when Michael won the Santos fight and rolled a Pokemon ball,
1:00:07 Learning how badly his Evangelista Santos was injured.
1:03:30 Michael and social media negativity.
1:12:44 Prospect of fighting with Nate Diaz and Jorg Masvidal.
1:19:11 The Conor McGregor phenomena.
1:23:18 Keeping away from bad influencers.
1:28:05 Gaining inspiration and support from 50 Cent, Shaquille O’Neil and Chris Pratt.
1:33:57 Michael continues to train hard and fight on despite of, or because of, the hurt in his life.
1:55:15 Michael likes Bellator but thinks they could do more and the need for fighters to be better paid.
2:08:18 Drugs and the sport, is USADA making a difference?
2:11:07 What Michael does daily non-fighting related.
2:15:06 Michael’s superpower.
2:19:18 Best and worst days of his life.
2:20:55 What scares him.
2:21:57 What we would be surprised to know about Michael Page.
2:24:05 What keeps him awake at night.
2:26:41 Success secrets.
2:27:14 Possible future fights for Michael, when one millimetre can make a difference, but he’s confident.
2:35:35 Brian’s summing up.
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