After a year away from fighting due to injury, WEC bantamweight Damacio Page has a simple goal for his upcoming Nov. 11 bout with Demetrious Johnson.
“I want to make people fear me again,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve been hiding for a whole year, and people have forgotten about me, so I need to come back in and jump in that pot again.”
Having come off of back-to-back wins and elevated himself to the No. 6 bantamweight ranking, it’s understandable why Page is so eager to make a statement in his comeback fight.
“It’s very important, because you can’t get further behind,” he said. “You’ve got to build up that steam, because if you don’t, you’ll come in flat, and everybody else is going to keep going up there.
“Especially coming off of surgery and being out for a whole year, it’s very important me for to show up for this fight.”
Asked how he feels now after having surgery to repair an injured shoulder, Page replied, “I’m feeling a lot better, stronger, faster, and really good right now.
“I have some dings here and there, but that’s just consequences of a tough training camp.”
Originally slated to face Eddie Wineland, Page now goes up against Demetrious Johnson, a fighter he knows is dangerous if not handled properly.
“I’ve got to give it to him; he’s fast, very athletic, and tough,” commented Page.
“I’m not going to try to match speed with him, because if I do, I’ll probably gas myself out. He’s almost like a little jack rabbit, and in order to catch a jack rabbit, you’ve got to out-smart them. I’ve got to figure out a way to catch him and slow him down.”
Should Page be successful against Johnson, he hopes to make the transition to the UFC and go after the 135-pound title.
“I think I’m still right there in the mix,” he stated. “I would like the Eddie Wineland fight, and hopefully he’s not too badly injured and will come back around February of next year; that would be awesome.
“Whoever really they throw at me, I don’t care, as long as I get a title shot eventually. Whoever I have to take out, I’ll take out.”
A year away from the sport may diminish the fire of some fighters, but for Page, his is still burning strong and he’s ready to prove he’s back at WEC 52 on Nov. 11.
“I want to thank Tapout, my friends, family, and everybody that has been behind me this whole year; especially the fans who didn’t forget about me,” he concluded.
“Come check us out at The Pearl at The Palms, I’m going to knock someone’s head off. I’m going to make an example (of Johnson), that’s the plan, make an example.”