MVP “Flirting” with UFC, But No Deal Yet

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Michael Page vs. Ross Houston Credit: Bellator MMA

Bellator star and former welterweight title challenger Michael “Venom” Page, better known simply as “MVP,” is one of the hottest free agents on the MMA market at the moment.

Despite talk of Page (21-2) making the jump to the UFC, the British star and former kickboxer has confirmed that a deal hasn’t been signed — yet.

Instead, Page referred to the process as “flirting” between himself and the promotion.

“I wish I could say for certain that we have (signed), but we haven’t,” Page said recently on “The MMA Fan Show.” “Honestly speaking, we’re not there yet. There’s still a few hurdles that we need to jump over. But like I said, we [are] flirting.”

MVP has but two losses on his professional record: he was bounced from Bellator’s welterweight grand prix by Douglas Lima in 2019, a loss he would go on to avenge roughly two years later. His other setback came against Logan Storley in a bid for an interim last year. But Page bounced back this past March, scoring a leg kick TKO against Goiti Yamauchi in just 26 seconds.

While fighting in the UFC isn’t necessarily a dream for the welterweight star, who holds 13 KO/TKO victories, he admits there are dream fights to be found there. “I think there are dream fights, and a lot of those dream fights land in the UFC. How I feel now to how I felt when I first joined MMA, the whole goal was UFC because there was no other big shows that could really do anything.”

“Over time,” added Page, “things have changed. It’s a lot more than just the name of the brand. There’s a lot more to it, but hopefully we can still get there and see those dream fights happen.”

Outside of MMA, Michael “Venom” Page also tried his hand at bareknuckle boxing, losing to Mike Perry by majority decision at BKFC 27.