Michael Page returns to the UFC after nine years fighting for Bellator (Photo: Reproduction/Instagram)
Debut on March 9 against Ultimate Kevin Hollandat UFC 298In Miami (USA), English fighter Michael page He was interviewed on the North American organization's official YouTube channel, where he spoke on several topics about the United Kingdom's rise on the global MMA scene. “The MVP” revealed that when he started his career, no other fighter from the same nation was in the spotlight and saw Brazilians shine as champions at the time.
The United Kingdom has progressed in mixed martial arts over the past few years, but still lags behind other countries such as the United States and Russia, although today the UFC welterweight champion is Leon Edwards and Tom Aspinall is the interim heavyweight champion.
“I think England has definitely been progressing for a long time, that's why we have two champions at the moment. When I started in the MMA world, there were a lot of Brazilians at that time. A lot of Brazilian champions then slowly became American champions. Then we started to see a lot of fighters from Chechnya, from Dagestan. “Those who came are coming now. But England is always behind. But now they are coming slowly and you can see the progress,” declared Michael Page.
“Jimi Manuwa came and inspired the next generation. Brad Pickett and Michael Bisping showed people that it was possible to be a champion. People who would come after Leon Edwards and Tom Aspinall, all of them, even Conor McGregor (born in Ireland). For England, it shows people that it is possible. “I've really come in at an amazing time and I have this kind of energy,” the UFC fighter concluded.
Michael Page comes to the UFC after nine years of fighting in Bellator, where he competed for the interim welterweight belt but was defeated by Logan Storley, and at Ultimate, the Englishman, in addition to champions Leon Edwards and Tom Aspinall, is ranked sixth and 14th at featherweight, as are Arnold Allen and Leron Murphy. Other guys in the company include strawweight fighter Molly McCann and lightweight prospect Paddy Pimped.
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