One of Bellator MMA’s biggest stars is eyeing his exit to jump over to the UFC. Michael “Venom” Page (19-1) has been fighting for Bellator since 2014 and that’s where he’s blossomed into a star of the sport.
MVP is known for his funky yet elite striking that often bewilders opponents. Page has won five fights in a row and four of them have come via knockout or TKO. Whenever MVP fights, there are fans that will tune in to watch.
MVP has always been a loyal Bellator fighter, but he’s always had the UFC in mind. Page told Michael Bisping this week that the UFC was the reason he got into MMA and he believes they are the reason the majority of athletes decide to train in MMA.
While the UFC has always been Page’s inspiration, they’ve yet to be a destination for the English striker. However, Page is eyeing a potential move to the UFC once he’s finished up with some business in Bellator.
The main thing for Page is winning the Bellator welterweight title. His lone career loss came against Douglas Lima and he wants to get that back. If he can get that back and win the Bellator title, he will be ready to jump to the UFC.
MVP in the UFC?
Page told Bisping this week, “Yes, I enjoy Bellator and I enjoy where I’m at. But, I definitely feel like I need to touch the UFC at some point. There’s some great matchups to be made over there… I don’t know when, but I definitely see myself going there.”
It’s pretty clear that Page wants to make the move to the UFC once he accomplishes his goals with Bellator. MVP stated that he wants to challenge himself and seemed to clearly indicate that the biggest challenges were in the UFC.
That was one of the main deciding factors when Michael Chandler decided to make the jump last year. As of right now, I believe that MVP will be getting the winner of the Douglas Lima – Yaroslav Amosov title fight that’s in a few weeks.
If MVP grabs the Bellator title, it will just be a matter of time before we see him venture over to the UFC. To me, MVP inside the octagon is a when and not an if at this point.