Ever since he made his debut in Bellator in early 2013, welterweight Michael “Venom” Page has had high expectations due to his explosive style.
It would be easy for Page to buy into the buzz surrounding him, but instead he puts his faith in the people around him to make sure his growth in MMA is as steady as possible, even if that means he doesn’t fight as often as others would like.
“It’s hard because people can distract you and can get carried away with what they’ve seen before,” Page told MMAWeekly.com.
“Expectations are, because of my style, that I should be a lot further ahead than what I would expect of myself at the moment and what my coaches think. I’ve got to listen to the people that care for me, and that’s my coaches.”
Page has rewarded the hard work put in by those around him by remaining undefeated, with first round finishes in all his fights, including his most recent bout against Ricky Rainey this May in Bellator.
“I felt really good coming out and be able to show more of my skills in that fight,” said Page. “I got the win and got the knockout in the first round as well, so it all went according to plan.”
“I want to express myself in the same ways (as previous fights),” said Page. “I want to start out with strikes in the beginning and basically tame my opponent. A lot of people like to come out very aggressive, so just tame them and look for the final shot.”
A win over Burrell would further push Page up the ladder, but as he’s said before, he wants to take his career on a slow and steady path and continue to improve as a fighter as he faces tougher opposition.
“If it weren’t for (my coaches), I’d be making bad decisions,” said Page. “They kind of organize where I should go next and it’s worked out very well so far. I’m getting better opponents, but I’m also ready for them.
“At the moment, I want to keep doing what I’m doing. I’m in no rush to go anywhere. I want to take my time and build my way up. The more experience and the more fights I have, the more you will see from me, and it will just be a matter of time before I get to where I want to be.”