Michael Page (7-0) will put his undefeated record at stake when he meets Rudy Bears (16-13) at Bellator 140 tonight (July 17, 2015) in Uncasville, Connecticut. “Venom” made it clear to MMAFighting.com that he doesn’t intent on showing mercy to his opponent, which could be “Bad News” for Bears:
“I really do want to torture my next opponent. I want to make a statement. I actually don’t want to put him away quickly. I want him to be resilient. I want to see in his eyes during the fight, ‘Why the hell did I take this fight?’ I’ve seen that before.”
In his young mixed martial arts (MMA) career, Page has already garnered the attention of his fellow combatants. “Venom” says he lets his actions do the talking, which attracts the opposition:
“For me, my style speaks so loudly that I don’t have to talk. I’ve got people calling me out now in this industry already and I don’t even have a belt. The fact that they’re calling my name out means I must be doing something right.”
While some have grown to appreciate Page’s style, others aren’t sold on him being a legitimate threat to high level competitors. The London Shootfighters standout says he can’t wait to silence the doubters:
“I think my last hurdle is shutting the crowd up with regards to people saying, ‘he hasn’t fought anybody of a high caliber.’ I think when you see me against what people classify as bigger names and I’m still putting them away in exciting fashion and doing exactly what I’m doing now, then people will say, ‘He’s the real deal. He is exactly what he seemed to be in the beginning. It wasn’t a joke.'”
Bellator 140 will be headlined by a welterweight title bout between champion Douglas Lima (26-5) and Andrey Koreshkov (17-1). The main card will air at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV.