If you don’t know the name Michael Page yet, the rising prospect is hoping to change that come this evening and Bellator 120.
Page will kickoff the pay-per-view main card against Ricky Rainey from just outside of Memphis. The 27-year-old English welterweight is 5-0 in his career, with all five victories coming via stoppage.
And if he gets his choice against Rainey, finish No. 6 will be in the cards.
“I think it’s important for fighters to entertain,” said Page, during an interview with MMAjunkie.com Radio recently. “It’s part of our job. People are paying good money to see us, which allows us to get paid.
“We should be putting on a show.”
It’s really nothing new to hear a fighter say what Page is saying, but he lives by it. A quick look at his fight history shows all five bouts ending in the first round, including a 10-second knockout last year in his Bellator debut.
Page has earned a rear-naked choke and an armbar win, while delivering the previously mentioned 10-second KO of Ryan Sanders, and a tornado kick TKO in his debut in 2012. The other win came via doctor stoppage two minutes into the action.
“I think that’s what people are afraid of (playing it safe) when they’re fighting,” he said. “They don’t really put themselves out there because they’re scared of getting that loss. But for me, I’m just enjoying myself and I prefer to go out with a bang.”
And to show how much of a fan he is, earlier in the week on Twitter Page posted “Can’t believe I’m apart of such a big lineup, need to get my fight out of the way so I can watch these guys in action.”