Bellator contender Michael ‘Venon’ Web page is just not a fan of Youtuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul or Paul’s bouts with MMA fighters, however agrees with Paul that MMA fighters are underpaid.
As MVP prepares for his rematch with Douglas Lima in London on October 1, he’s 100 per cent in settlement with Paul’s remark that MMA fighters are underpaid – and he reckons that is why UFC alumni Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren had been tempted into their contests with Paul.
“Yeah, I am an enormous supporter of what he is doing there, and I utterly agree with him on that aspect. Why is it that fighters are so desperate to then bounce ship? It is as a result of we’re not being paid what we needs to be paid in our factor,” Web page advised Sky Sports activities.
“Because of this he is utterly proper. No one would entertain these type of fights, if we had been being handled the way in which we needs to be handled.”
That mentioned, Web page, who has boxed professionally, can be motivated to field and beat Paul, not just for the pay packet, but additionally to revive the popularity of long-standing skilled fighters.
“These type of stuff is it is annoying, I get why it is taking place. Clearly, business-wise, some huge cash that is drawn in, however, I believed Tyron Woodley was going to right this complete loopy world that we’re dwelling in proper now.
“Simply to right the world, I might positively bounce in and simply knock him out, shake his hand afterwards and say ‘proceed doing what you are doing.’ Yeah, I simply have to show to everybody that that is nonsense.”
Web page has one other extremely anticipated contest nearer at hand. He takes on Douglas Lima (32-9) at Wembley Enviornment, seeking to avenge his loss to the Brazilian in Could 2019. It stays Web page’s solely loss in 20 professional MMA contests. However MVP says he will not be making main changes to his techniques as a result of the game-plan, up till the second spherical stoppage, had been working effectively.
“It is bizarre the techniques had been utterly on level. I feel I used to be doing all the pieces proper each step of the way in which of the combat, although we went to the bottom, he had nothing he may do. Nullified utterly. My strikes had been touchdown to the purpose the place I rocked him,” Web page recalled.
However the Londoner says one lesson he’ll take into the showdown is to take his time when a gap to finish the combat presents itself.
“I noticed the end line and I acquired desperate to cross it. So after I noticed his legs go a little bit bit, I used to be like, ‘OK, now I will apply a bit extra strain’. However he was nonetheless there. They are saying the wounded tiger continues to be harmful. I ended up closing a bit an excessive amount of and was a bit extra reckless in my distance, which was my first overeager mistake.
“After which after I acquired swept, I used to be attempting to once more, in that means of seeing that end line and let me get again up and hold the strain on him. I acquired again up like an fool and clearly did not do not forget that the remainder of that second, till I got here again to, however up till that time, I genuinely consider that techniques had been utterly on level. We had him learn and I simply wanted to proceed in a extra affected person method.”
Lima has gained and misplaced the Bellator welterweight title for the reason that pair’s first assembly and involves England on a two-fight dropping streak. And after three fights abroad, MVP says it is the proper situation for him to degree the rating in London.
“It has been two years, so I am positively excited I feel it is wonderful that it is truly taking place, I’ve acquired it within the hometown. I really feel lots of my supporters had been with me on this journey, After I misplaced that combat, it harm them simply as a lot. And now they’ve the flexibility to come back and witness the redemption,” Web page mentioned.
And Web page, who’s famend for kickboxing and karate expertise, is promising an explosive efficiency come combat night time.
“I will be very, very direct, shall I say. And I am very harmful when direct, I will take him out within the first spherical or he will attempt to nullify me by holding onto me or grappling after which it will likely be the second spherical that he will get put down.”