If you look at Bellator‘s roster as a whole, there aren’t many fighters who have more of a superstar quality than Michael “Venom” Page (20-1). The personality along with the flashy striking style makes him someone that fans are always paying attention to.
2021 was a big year for MVP as he continued down the path towards the Bellator welterweight title. He started his year with a stoppage over Derek Anderson and then he had his highly anticipated rematch with Douglas Lima. In a razor close fight, Page was able to avenge his only career loss.
Entering 2022, there were options out there for MVP. Page is the number one contender for the Bellator welterweight title. While the title is appealing, he’s said to also be really interested in the third fight with Douglas Lima. The two are 1-1 so far in their series.
While there are options out there, Scott Coker recently laid out the plans for MVP. In speaking to MMA Junkie, Coker said that Bellator is currently working on a welterweight title fight between Page and the champion, Yaroslav Amosov (26-0).
Bellator’s Plans for MVP
According to Coker, the fight is being targeted for Q2 and will take place in London. Coker said that Page expressed interest in fighting Lima again as mentioned above. However, the promotion pitched the idea of striking while the iron is hot in terms of his title shot against Amosov.
Now we know that Page is next for the title. It’s currently unknown how many fights MVP has left on his current deal with Bellator. However, we do know that his contract is going to come to an end sooner than later. Page has made it no secret that he plans on testing free agency.
Let’s say that Page has two fights left on his current Bellator deal which could be accurate. In an ideal world, he could win the title and defend it against Douglas Lima this year. If he does that and goes 2-0, he becomes even more appealing to the UFC. MVP has said in the past that he would love to test himself in the UFC.
Right now, the UFC’s welterweight division has a champion who is starting to lap everyone in Kamaru Usman. A guy like MVP could provide fresh meat for the UFC’s champion which makes him even more appealing.
While there’s a long ways to go before reaching that point, it’s clear that this year is a massive one for MVP. This year could feature capturing a Bellator title, completing a trilogy, and hitting the open market. Exciting times if you’re an MVP fan.