30-Year-Old Bellator Welterweight 12-0
October 20, 2017 Michael Page News
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Page defeated Jonathan Castano via KO (punch) in Round 3 under boxing rules on Friday in London.
The Bellator welterweight became the latest MMA fighter to compete in the boxing ring. On Friday, he scored a third-round knockout over Jonathan Castano. Despite having never competed in boxing, Page came into the fight as a big favorite due mostly to the fact that Castano had lost 11 of his 14 professional bouts. Page spent most of the first two rounds keeping his distance and scoring with the occasional straight punch. In the third round, "Venom" came forward with a right hook that dropped Castano. The Spanish fighter got back to his feet before the ten count, but the referee still waived off the bout. Following the victory, Page is expected to return to his MMA roots at Bellator 191, which takes place Dec. 15 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.
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Fantasy AnalysisPage recently hurt his knee in training but the extent of his ailment isn't clear. Considering he is observedly upset to not be able to take part in what would have been the 12th fight in his undefeated MMA career, this injury might be serious if it's preventing him from competing. With this fight off the docket, the Liam McGeary vs. Linton Vassal bout was promoted to the co-main event while Dan Vinni vs. Alex Lohore moved up into the main card.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was a tough fight to watch. A fighter like Page needs to wait on his opponent to throw strikes in order to counter. Unfortunately, Gonzalez did not show very much offense in this fight. That lead to a fight with virtually no action. Page mostly bounced around on the outside and never really landed anything. It was eerily similar to some of Anderson Silva's fights against Thales Leites and Patrick Cote.
Fantasy AnalysisPage remained undefeated (11-0) following his victory over Evangelista Santos at Bellator 158 and will look to keep it that way as he faces off against Fernando Gonzales. This is the third time the two welterweights have been scheduled to fight. The first time at Bellator 151, Page pulled out due to undisclosed reasons and the second time Gonzales canceled because of visa issues. If everything goes as planned, the third time figures to be the charm and they will likely meet in the octagon on Nov. 19 in San Jose.
Fantasy AnalysisPage actually found himself in a tough spot during the first round, as Cyborg had better position after a missed switch knee that allowed him to gain side control. Page was able to hold off any additional damage, and was back to his normal, unpredictable self in the second period. As the round came to a close, Page perfectly timed a flying knee that caught Cyborg square in the head as he went straight to the mat. This fight will forever be remembered by the brutality brought on by the finish, as Cyborg suffered a fractured skull and is set to undergo surgery Sunday. Page will improve his record to 11-0 overall.
Fantasy AnalysisPage now has a new opponent for his hometown matchup following the late-May withdrawal of Fernando Gonzalez for undisclosed reasons. Santos will still be a tough test for Page, but at 38 years of age and sporting a 2-2 record in his last four bouts, the Brazilian will likely enter the fight as the underdog.
Fantasy AnalysisPage had been scheduled to fight in his home country of London, but with the withdrawal of Gonzalez, Bellator will now be in search of a new opponent for the welterweight opponent. A similar situation had occurred in the past, but it was Page who had to drop out of a fight between the two that was planned for Bellator 151. Page is 5-0 in his last five Bellator bouts, and 10-0 overall, so the 29-year-old would actually help bring some legitimacy to a card that will likely feature Kimbo Slice in the main event.
Fantasy AnalysisPage's bout with the unheralded Holloway can safely be regarded as a tune-up fight; "Venom" is slated to compete at Bellator 158 in front of his hometown crowd in London, England. While we certainly hope Page faces an evenly matched opponent at Bellator 158, CEO Scott Coker has given fans no reason to expect as much. Over the course of his recent two-year stint in Bellator, Page has achieved highlight reel finishes against decidedly lower tier competition. Given Holloway's lack of grappling prowess, it's unlikely Page will be tested in Friday's bout.
Fantasy AnalysisPage earned a stoppage in barbaric fashion, bludgeoning his bewildered opponent with elbows until referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in to end the contest. "Venom" continues to pick up highlight reel finishes, which is beneficial for promotional purposes; until he faces a quality opponent, however, MMA viewers will have no way of gauging his potential in the sport. As long as Page stockpiles victories against Opponent TBA's of the world, he won't shed his reputation as a can-crusher.
Fantasy AnalysisOne of the more hyped fighters on the Bellator roster, Page uses his kickboxing background and (often) significant reach advantage for flashy combinations and fan-pleasing fights. Bellator has yet to give him a true test of an opponent, however, as they continue to promote the Englishman. A win over the 6-3 Ontiveros will mean very little for "Venom", resulting in the bout's lopsided line. With this fight holding minimal long-term significance, fans should merely sit back and enjoy the show.