Bellator contender Michael ‘Venon’ Web page shouldn’t be 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 statement that MMA fighters are underpaid – and he reckons that is why UFC alumni Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren have been tempted into their contests with Paul.
“Yeah, I am a large supporter of what he is doing there, and I utterly agree with him on that aspect. Why is it that fighters are so wanting to then soar ship? It is as a result of we’re not being paid what we ought to be paid in our factor,” Web page instructed Sky Sports activities.
“For this reason he is utterly proper. No person would entertain these form of fights, if we have been being handled the best way we ought 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 in addition to revive the popularity of long-standing skilled fighters.
“These form 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 assumed Tyron Woodley was going to right this entire loopy world that we’re residing in proper now.
“Simply to right the world, I might undoubtedly soar in and simply knock him out, shake his hand afterwards and say ‘proceed doing what you are doing.’ Yeah, I simply must 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 Area, trying to avenge his loss to the Brazilian in Might 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 ways as a result of the game-plan, up till the second spherical stoppage, have been working properly.
“It is bizarre the ways have been utterly on level. I feel I used to be doing every thing proper each step of the best way of the combat, despite the fact that we went to the bottom, he had nothing he may do. Nullified utterly. My strikes have 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 bought wanting to cross it. So after I noticed his legs go a bit bit, I used to be like, ‘OK, now I’ll apply a bit extra stress’. However he was nonetheless there. They are saying the wounded tiger remains 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 bought swept, I used to be making an attempt to once more, in that strategy of seeing that end line and let me get again up and hold the stress on him. I bought 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 imagine that ways have been utterly on level. We had him learn and I simply wanted to proceed in a extra affected person means.”
Lima has gained and misplaced the Bellator welterweight title for the reason that pair’s first assembly and involves England on a two-fight shedding streak. And after three fights abroad, MVP says it is the proper situation for him to stage the rating in London.
“It has been two years, so I am undoubtedly excited I feel it is wonderful that it is really taking place, I’ve bought it within the hometown. I really feel a variety of my supporters have been with me on this journey, Once I misplaced that combat, it harm them simply as a lot. And now they’ve the flexibility to return 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’ll be very, very direct, shall I say. And I am very harmful when direct, I’ll 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.”