Michael Page (fighter)

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Michael Page
Michael Venom Page.png
Page in 2017
BornMichael Jerome Reece-Page
(1987-04-07) 7 April 1987 (age 32)
St Mary's Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Other namesVenom, MVP
ResidenceHackney, London, United Kingdom
NationalityBritish
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)[1]
DivisionWelterweight (MMA)
Light heavyweight (Boxing)
Reach79 in (201 cm)
StyleKickboxing, Karate
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofLondon, England
TeamLondon Shootfighters
Hayemaker HQ
Gracie Barra
TrainerAlexis Demetriades
Paul Ivens
Marios Demetriades
Andy Zajac
Arya Esfandmaz
Steve Newland
Mykola Khmelkevich
Ismael Salas
Rank5th dan black belt in Kickboxing
under Curtis Page Sr.
Brown sash in Lau Gar
under Curtis Page Sr.
Years activeBoxing: 2017–present
MMA: 2012–present
Professional boxing record
Total2
Wins2
By knockout2
Losses0
Kickboxing record
Total1
Wins1
By knockout1
Losses0
Mixed martial arts record
Total16
Wins15
By knockout9
By submission3
By decision3
Losses1
By knockout1
Other information
Notable school(s)Quintin Kynaston School
Websitemichaelvenompage.com
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Michael Jerome Reece-Page[2][3] (born 7 April 1987),[4] better known as Michael "Venom" Page, is an English kickboxer, karateka, boxer, and mixed martial artist of Trinidadian and Jamaican descent.[5][6] He is recognised in the MMA community for his unorthodox fighting style, which originated from freestyle kickboxing (points fighting) and sport karate.[7][8]

Early life[edit]

Page was born in St Mary's Hospital, London to Curtis Page Sr. and Pauline Reece, who were both Lau Gar kung fu practitioners.[9] His father, a British Telecom employee, hailed from Trinidad while his mother, a nurse, was from Jamaica.[5][6][10][11] Page is a maternal nephew of Lau Gar Master Stan Brown, who was also the instructor of his father.[12][13] He has nine siblings, three of whom are adopted.[14] Page attended Quintin Kynaston School in St John's Wood, alongside Olympian judoka Ashley McKenzie.[15][16] He grew up in NW8 near Edgware Road and Lisson Green before moving to W10 near Queen's Park in 2003.[12][15][17] Since almost everyone in his family was involved in martial arts, he felt it was natural to follow suit.[18][19]

Kickboxing career[edit]

His father, Curtis Page Sr. was his instructor.[18][20] Of his nine siblings, his sister Sefena and brothers Curtis Jr., Jamie, and Kalon are also kickboxing champions.[5][21][22]

Page began training in Lau Gar at the age of 3 and competed at his first kickboxing tournament at the age of 5.[23][24][25] By the age of 8, he began to devote himself to competition and entered his first international tournament in Germany.[13][26]

Page won 10 world championships in kickboxing – his first was at the US Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships 1998[27] in Orlando, Florida[13] when he was 12 years old[28] – and was crowned British champion over 25 times.[4] By the age of 13, Page started entering adult competitions.[13][19][29] To prepare, he would train five hours a day for five days a week.[30] During tournament days he would often fight up to 14 times due to competing in three weight classes, and at one point fought 22 times in a day across five weight classes.[31] Another world title win was at the W.A.K.O. World Championships 2007 (Coimbra) where, at the −89 kg semi-contact division, he won gold after defeating Dave Heffernan.[32][33] He also competed at the W.A.K.O. Austrian Classics Worldcup 2008 (Kufstein), winning gold in the −84 kg semi-contact division over Krisztián Jároszkievicz.[34][35] Page participated at the W.A.K.O. Irish Open 2008 (Dublin), earning silver in the −84 kg semi-contact division after falling short to Raymond Daniels.[36] Page then won gold at the W.A.K.O. Austrian Classics Worldcup 2009 (Walchsee), placing first in both the −84 kg light-contact and semi-contact divisions, defeating Bojan Miskovic and Zvonimir Gribl respectively.[37][38] Page returned to participate in the W.A.K.O. Irish Open 2009 (Dublin) but was defeated by Raymond Daniels, placing second in the −84 kg semi-contact division.[39] Page – appointed as the WKA Head Coach[40] – led a team to the WKA World Championships 2009 (Huelva), defeating James Benjamin Stewart to claim gold in the organisation's first semi-contact prize competition[41] and bronze in the −90 kg light-contact division, upon being bested by Tarek Haydar.[2][3] He then participated in the W.A.K.O. World Championships 2009 (Lignano Sabbiadoro) and finished second in the −84 kg semi-contact division, after being defeated by Krisztián Jároszkievicz.[42] On 4 September 2010, he competed at the World Combat Games 2010 (Beijing) in the −84 kg semi-contact division, where he earned silver, losing gold to Krisztián Jároszkievicz.[43][44] Page fought Raymond Daniels at the W.A.K.O. Irish Open 2011 (Dublin), securing silver in the −84 kg semi-contact division.[8]

Page was scouted by the Great Britain Taekwondo team to train and qualify for the Olympics but turned it down to pursue a professional combat sports career.[45]

When not competing Page trains others in kickboxing, primarily as an instructor at the Hands Down Martial Arts Academies throughout Surrey.[46]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Background[edit]

Dissatisfied with the lack of exposure[47] as well as the politics[48] involved in competing among various kickboxing associations, Page decided to cross over into mixed martial arts.[49][50] He initially considered going to American Top Team[51] during his transition into MMA since his older siblings live in Miami[18] but chose to start his career with London Shootfighters[52] in July 2011,[53] training with the likes of John Hathaway, Cláudio da Silva, Karlos Vemola,[54] Alex Reid,[55] Marcin Held,[56] Jim Wallhead,[57] and Marc Diakiese.[58] Page also sparred with Alexander Gustafsson,[59] James DeGale,[60] Che Mills,[61] Chris Eubank, Jr.,[60] Frank Muñoz,[62] Dereck Chisora, Muhammed Lawal,[63] Andrew Tate,[64] Darren Stewart,[65] Karl Amoussou,[66] Johnny Walker,[67] Filip Verlinden,[68] Harut Grigorian,[69] Gegard Mousasi,[62] Neil Magny,[62] and Artur Kyshenko.[70] He entertained the possibility of fighting at lightweight.[71] Page spends up to seven hours training in the gym, and does not undergo IV therapy after cutting weight.[72][73] He cross-trains Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Gracie Barra.[74] Page is represented by Paradigm Sports Management.[75][76]

UCMMA[edit]

Page made his MMA debut at UCMMA 26 against Ben Dishman on 4 February 2012 and won via technical knockout from a first round tornado kick.[77] His original opponent Sam Boo withdrew a week before the fight.[78][79] The fight went viral and comparisons were drawn between Page and Anderson Silva.[80][81][82] He was paid £200 for the bout.[83]

On 7 April 2012, Page faced Miguel Bernard at UCMMA 27 in a 176 lb catchweight bout despite weighing in at 165 lb.[84] Page won in the first round after forcing Bernard to tap out upon transitioning from a triangle choke into an armbar.[85]

Page briefly returned to kickboxing when he fought in a UK-1 bout on 18 August 2012 at UCMMA 29. Page was supposed to challenge UCMMA UK-1 welterweight champion Peter Irving for the belt.[86][87] However, Irving pulled out of the fight due to a neck injury[12] and was replaced by Jefferson George after another three opponents dropped out within a month for undisclosed reasons.[88][89] Page won after knocking out George from a two punch combination in the second round.[90]

Super Fight League[edit]

On 24 June 2012, Super Fight League announced that they signed Michael Page[91] to an exclusive year and a half, four-fight contract.[92]

Page made his promotional debut on 2 November 2012 at SFL 7 as the main event against Haitham El-Sayed, winning by technical knockout in round one via doctor stoppage due to cuts.[93]

Page returned to Super Fight League on 12 April 2013 to face Ramdan Mohamed at SFL 15 as the main event and won via rear-naked choke in the first round.[94]

Bellator MMA[edit]

2013[edit]

After winning his UK-1 fight against Jefferson George, Page announced post-fight that he signed a five-fight contract with Bellator MMA, and that he will fight for both Bellator and Super Fight League under their respective contracts.[95][96]

Page was expected to make his promotional debut at Bellator 82 but pulled out of the bout citing surgery for an old jaw injury.[97][98][99] Another potential yet unannounced debut at Bellator 90 against Sean Powers was cancelled for undisclosed reasons.[100]

Page made his debut on 21 March 2013 at Bellator 93.[101] He faced Ryan Sanders and won via knockout at 10 seconds into the first round.[102]

Page was scheduled to fight Kenny Ento at Bellator 102[103] but withdrew due to a rib cartilage injury,[104][105] an ankle injury,[106] and a knee injury.[107] A later appearance slated for Bellator 109 against Andrew Osborne was also cancelled because of lingering injuries.[108]

2014[edit]

Page was slated to fight Fight Master: Bellator MMA contestant Marcus Aurelio at Bellator 120 on 17 May 2014 but Aurelio withdrew due to injury.[54][109] Ricky Rainey was immediately sought as a replacement after his Bellator 116 victory[110] and was informed of his opponent a week later.[111] Page won via technical knockout in the first round.[112]

Page next faced Nah-Shon Burrell at Bellator 128 as the co-main event on 10 October 2014.[113] He won via unanimous decision.[114]

On 19 December 2014, Michael Page confirmed that he was no longer contracted with Super Fight League and instead signed an exclusive two year, five-fight contract extension with Bellator.[14][115]

2015[edit]

Page was expected to face Curtis Millender at Bellator 134.[116] However, Page pulled out of the fight due to a cut over his left eye which was sustained during a guard passing drill[117] and required six stitches.[118] He was replaced by Brennan Ward.[119]

Page faced Rudy Bears at Bellator 140 on 17 July 2015.[120] He won by knockout in the first round.[121]

Page fought Charlie Ontiveros at Bellator 144 on 23 October 2015 with less than three weeks' notice after four opponents – including his initial opponent Marius Žaromskis[122] and later Cristiano Souza[123] – pulled out of the fight for undisclosed reasons.[124] Page won via verbal submission due to elbows in the first round after dislocating Ontiveros' jaw.[125][126][127]

2016[edit]

He was expected to fight Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 151 as the co-main event[128] but withdrew from the bout as he was already committed to officiate at the W.A.K.O. Irish Open 2016 (Dublin)[129] as coach of the Top Ten UK team.[130] He was replaced by Gilbert Smith.[131]

Page defeated Jeremie Holloway at Bellator 153 on 22 April 2016, submitting him with an Estima lock in round one.[132][133][134]

Page's fight with Fernando Gonzalez was rescheduled[135] for Bellator 158 on 16 July 2016 but visa issues forced Gonzalez to withdraw.[136] Page accepted a contract to fight Paul Daley after Josh Koscheck withdrew but Daley chose to fight Douglas Lima instead.[137] Page fought Evangelista Santos[138] and won by knocking out Santos with a flying knee in the second round.[139] Santos underwent surgery afterwards due to a depressed frontal sinus fracture.[140] The fight went viral partly due to the Pokémon Go-inspired post-fight celebration.[141][142]

In July 2016, Bellator claimed that Page re-signed[143] with the promotion and had four fights left on his contract.[144] However, Page stated that he did not re-sign but had two fights left from existing contractual provisions.[145]

Page fought Fernando Gonzalez on 19 November 2016 at Bellator 165 as the co-main event.[146] He won the fight via split decision.[147]

2017[edit]

A proposed bout between Page and Paul Daley was targeted for Bellator 179 but negotiations fell through after Daley chose to fight Rory MacDonald instead.[148] Page was supposed to fight Derek Anderson[149] but an old knee injury[150][151] and neck injury forced him off the card.[152] Daley attempted to brawl with Page after losing his fight.[153] Another fight with Daley was proposed for September 2017 in London but was turned down by Daley, who instead opted to fight Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 183.[154][155]


Page was expected to compete at Bellator 191 but a fight was never announced.[156]

2018[edit]

Bellator attempted to match Page against Daley on 9 March 2018 but negotiations stalled when Daley refused to commit to the date.[157]

Page fought David Rickels on 25 May 2018 at Bellator 200 as the co-main event.[158] He won the fight via verbal submission due to a punch in the second round that opened a cut above Rickels' left eye.[159][160] He spent a portion of his training camp at Straight Blast Gym - Ireland in preparation for the fight.[161] He paid tribute to his cousin Helena Ramsay, a victim of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, during the open workout and post-fight interview.[162][163]

On 30 July 2018, Page confirmed signing a new six-fight contract with Bellator, three for the tournament and three as part of the champion clause.[164] The contract will let him box, subject to Bellator's approval.[165]

2019[edit]

Page faced Paul Daley in the quarter-final of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix Tournament on 16 February 2019 at Bellator 216.[166][167] He won by unanimous decision, in an uneventful fight in which neither fighter was able to mount any significant offence.[168][169] His father died prior to the fight on 26 December 2018.[170][171]

Page fought former two-time Bellator Welterweight World Champion Douglas Lima in the semi-final of the welterweight tournament on 11 May 2019 at Bellator 221.[172] Despite having some initial success, Page lost the fight via knockout in the second round.[173]

Page faced Richard Kiely at Bellator 227 as the co-main event on September 27, 2019.[174] He won the fight via knockout from a flying knee in the first round.[175]

Page is expected to headline Bellator London 2 against Derek Anderson on November 23, 2019.[176]

Boxing career[edit]

On 12 July 2017, it was announced that Page signed a three-year, fifteen-fight contract[177] with Hayemaker Ringstar, a promotional joint venture of David Haye and Richard Schaefer.[178] Page began training under the tutelage of Ismael Salas at Hayemaker HQ on 27 July 2017,[179] alongside Joe Joyce, Qais Ashfaq, and Willy Hutchinson.[180] While he still trains at London Shootfighters, he spends four days a week training at Hayemaker HQ.[181][182] Page compared the transition from MMA to boxing to a "sprinter turning into a long distance runner."[183] He did commentary for Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor in Las Vegas with Mike Costello and Steve Bunce on BBC Radio 5 Live.[184]

Page made his boxing debut on 20 October 2017 at Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night against Jonathan Castano as the co-main event.[185] He won via technical knockout in the third round.[186] He was supposed to debut on the undercard of Haye vs. Bellew but was still negotiating with Bellator at the time.[181]

Page wanted to fight at Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night 2 on 16 February 2018 but Bellator wanted an MMA fight scheduled before allowing him to commit to another boxing fight.[187][188]

He was expected to fight on the undercard of Haye vs. Bellew II but Bellator prevented him from competing due to its proximity to Bellator 200.[189][190]

Page fought at Hayemaker Ringstar Fight Night 3 against Michal Ciach on 15 June 2018.[191] He won by knockout in the second round.[192]

Fighting style[edit]

Page describes his discipline as a "hands down kickboxing style" created from a "mishmash" of taekwondo, karate, and kung fu styles competing under a points scoring ruleset.[193][194][195] As a movement-based fighter his game plan revolves around controlling distance.[196][197] He engages in histrionics while fighting to maintain focus, unnerve his opponents, and rile up the crowd.[12][198][199] Page credited Curtis Page Sr., Pauline Reece, Simon Lewis, and Marvin Francis as being the most influential in his combat sports career.[72][86]

Personal life[edit]

Page received the moniker "Venom" from fellow kickboxer Marvin Francis in homage of the film Five Deadly Venoms.[40][200]

He became a Pollo-pescetarian in August 2017.[201][202]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 15 wins 1 loss
By knockout 9 1
By submission 3 0
By decision 3 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–1 Richard Kiely KO (flying knee) Bellator 227 27 September 2019 1 2:42 Dublin, Ireland
Loss 14–1 Douglas Lima KO (punch) Bellator 221 11 May 2019 2 0:35 Rosemont, Illinois, United States Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix Semi-final bout.
Win 14–0 Paul Daley Decision (unanimous) Bellator 216 16 February 2019 5 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix Quarter-final bout.
Win 13–0 David Rickels TKO (retirement) Bellator 200 25 May 2018 2 0:43 London, United Kingdom
Win 12–0 Fernando Gonzalez Decision (split) Bellator 165 19 November 2016 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 11–0 Evangelista Santos KO (flying knee) Bellator 158 16 July 2016 2 4:31 London, United Kingdom Knockout of the Year (2016).
Win 10–0 Jeremie Holloway Submission (Estima lock) Bellator 153 22 April 2016 1 2:15 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 9–0 Charlie Ontiveros TKO (elbows) Bellator 144 23 October 2015 1 3:20 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 8–0 Rudy Bears KO (punch) Bellator 140 17 July 2015 1 1:05 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 7–0 Nah-Shon Burrell Decision (unanimous) Bellator 128 10 October 2014 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win 6–0 Ricky Rainey TKO (punch) Bellator 120 17 May 2014 1 4:29 Southaven, Mississippi, United States Return to Welterweight.
Win 5–0 Ramdan Mohamed Submission (rear-naked choke) Super Fight League 15 12 April 2013 1 3:48 Mumbai, India Middleweight bout.
Win 4–0 Ryan Sanders KO (punch) Bellator 93 21 March 2013 1 0:10 Lewiston, Maine, United States
Win 3–0 Haitham El-Sayed TKO (doctor stoppage) Super Fight League 7 2 November 2012 1 2:15 Mumbai, India
Win 2–0 Miguel Bernard Submission (armbar) UCMMA 27 7 April 2012 1 1:43 London, United Kingdom Catchweight (176 lb) bout; Bernard missed weight.
Win 1–0 Ben Dishman TKO (tornado kick) UCMMA 26: The Real Deal 4 February 2012 1 1:05 London, United Kingdom

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
2 fights 2 wins 0 losses
By knockout 2 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
2 Win 2–0 Poland Michal Ciach KO 2 (4), 0:18 15 Jun 2018 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
1 Win 1–0 Spain Jonathan Castano TKO 3 (4), 2:15 20 Oct 2017 United Kingdom indigo at The O2, London, England

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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