With less than a week to go until the UFC makes its historic debut at Madison Square Garden for #UFC205, all eyes have once again found themselves on featherweight king #ConorMcGregor, who will attempt to become the UFC's first two-division champion when he takes on lightweight champion #EddieAlvarez in the main event of the evening.
Here at Champions, we've already broken down the paths to victory for both McGregor and Alvarez, taken an in-depth look at Mystic Mac's training regimen for the fight, and even imagined what he might look like as some iconic New York movie characters, but this being MMA, it would be safe to assume that not everyone shares our enthusiasm for the "Notorious" one.
One such fighter who has yet to buy into the hype is that of Bellator welterweight prospect Michael "Venom" Page. Like McGregor, Page has gained notoriety over the past few years for not only his gift of gab, but for the absolutely vicious ways in which he has been finishing his opponents. He first broke onto highlight reels across the world via his tornado kick finish of Ben Dishman in his professional debut, and most recently, shocked the MMA world by literally caving in Evangelista Cyborg's skull at #Bellator158.
Currently scheduled to take on Fernando Gonzalez in the co-main event of #Bellator165 later this month, Page spoke with King of Da Hillz TV about how he'd fare against the sport's biggest star, and somewhat expectedly, predicted that he would "put him to sleep."
“I’ll put him to sleep,” said Page. “You see the thing is with that fight, because he’s got such a big name, I would want to dominate. I wouldn’t want to put him to sleep early. I would want to show people the level that I’m at in comparison to this guy.”
“He is talented,” he added. “I’m not saying that he isn’t, he is. But I’m gonna repeat, man, it’s a different level.”
While Page vs. McGregor is a fantasy fight that will remain just that as long as the former remains under the Bellator banner, you've got to love the man's confidence in how he'd perform against McGregor. Of course, he'll need to start knocking off some higher ranked opponents (and maybe drop the whole Pokemon gimmick) if he ever wants to be taken seriously as a challenger.