Will Web page make British MMA historical past in London?


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Venue: Wembley Enviornment, London Date: Friday, 13 Might
Protection: Stay on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport web site and app from 18:00 BST, with the principle card additionally reside on BBC Three from 21:00

Michael ‘Venom’ Web page is an enigma – he has at all times carried out issues his method.

From early comparisons to blended martial arts legend Anderson Silva, to his flamboyant, eye-catching kickboxing type; from his elaborate ring walks, to his taunting of opponents.

On Friday, Web page will stroll out at Wembley Enviornment for arguably the largest combat of his profession when he faces Logan Storley for the interim welterweight title at Bellator 281 in London.

Ought to Web page win he’ll comply with Michael Bisping, who received UFC middleweight gold in 2016, and Liam McGeary, who grew to become Bellator light-heavyweight champion one yr prior, in turning into solely the third British MMA champion in a significant promotion.

However when the 35-year-old Briton was requested if he would tone down any features of his character with the stakes being so excessive, his reply was an emphatic “no”.

“For me, I say the stakes are the identical. The belt is the cherry on high, so why would I modify something for the cherry?” Web page advised BBC Sport.

“If the cherry drops off, the cake continues to be superb, so each time I’ve received that cake, it is primarily based on me being myself. I am at all times going to be me.”

For Web page, the cake represents his love of preventing – one thing which reminds him of his household and upbringing.

It isn’t an exaggeration in suggesting Web page was born into martial arts, as each his late father and mom are martial artists in addition to a lot of his 9 siblings.

“Oh man, I feel this is the reason I am so drawn to martial arts – I reminisce on household time. Any time I used to be doing martial arts I used to be round household,” mentioned Web page.

“I do know some households conflict heads, however we had that launch. We may spar with one another so that you at all times have a sure stage of respect for one another. We get on like a home on hearth – it is nice to have.”

Web page says the liberty to precise himself, each inside and out of doors the cage, is key to the success he has loved in a profession which entails 20 wins and only one defeat.

“For me it’s massively essential, for different individuals typically it is very important be offended,” mentioned Web page.

“Some individuals need to have a sure schedule beforehand, however I am very wayward. I will be taking part in PlayStation, DJing, taking part in music, dancing, singing after which go and combat.

“You must find out about and perceive your self, which will be troublesome. However when you establish these issues you have to create that surroundings.”

Amosov alternative Storley an ‘distinctive wrestler’

Yaroslav Amosov in Ukraine
Ukraine’s Yaroslav Amosov (centre) helps his nation defend in opposition to Russia’s invasion

The interim title bout with Storley was arrange after reigning champion Yaroslav Amosov was pressured to drag out.

Ukraine’s Amosov, who has received all 26 of his skilled fights, opted to remain at dwelling to defend his nation from the continued invasion by Russia.

America’s Storley comes into the bout on a two-fight profitable streak following defeat by Amosov in 2020.

Like Amosov, the 29-year-old has a embellished wrestling background which is in distinction to Web page’s kickboxing previous.

Regardless of the distinction in types, Web page isn’t involved.

“He’ll try to make the combat a bit slower, a bit uglier, however I can nonetheless trigger lots of injury in that point and I will nonetheless discover that win,” mentioned Web page.

“He is an distinctive wrestler. There’s sure individuals which might be one dimensional and that dimension is so good, despite the fact that you recognize what they’ll do, it is arduous to cease. Nevertheless it’s the identical with my hanging.

“I can say I do know he will shoot for my legs however he is rattling good at it so I have to be on level.”

Edwards assured and can Daley bow out with win?

Within the co-main occasion, Britain’s Fabian Edwards takes on MMA veteran Lyoto Machida at middleweight.

Edwards, 29, is trying to halt a two-fight shedding streak in opposition to Brazil’s Machida, 43, who’s a former UFC light-heavyweight champion with 37 fights to his identify.

Edwards has promised to beat Machida and says the sensation round dealing with a legend of the game like that can solely sink in afterwards.

On the undercard, Britain’s Paul Daley faces Brazilian Wendell Giacomo in what’s considered Daley’s ultimate bout.

Daley, 39, has amassed 63 fights over his 19-year profession, profitable 43 with some spectacular knockouts alongside the best way.

He has mentioned the Giacomo bout can be his ultimate outing in Bellator, however has not dominated out preventing beneath different codecs.

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