When Michael Venom Page finally steps out from below the new lights of the battle world for good, he plans to make the ‘natural transition’ into cinema.
Brutally unforgiving, MMA churns out an infinite conveyor belt of hopefuls and solely one of the best, and infrequently luckiest, fighters rise to the highest. Many actors may let you know an analogous story of their ascent.
One of Bellator’s largest stars, MVP can depend himself among the many lucky few who’ve efficiently mixed ability, arduous work and charisma. And the welterweight plans to take his skills into movie.
‘I’ve bought plans for after the game. I’m not trying to go away, however I really feel that is the place fighters make their largest mistake,’ MVP informed Metro.co.uk.
‘You’ve bought to have an exit plan. My large plan is to have a movie career. So I’ve bought to maintain this face intact. It’s a pure transition, I believe.
‘I’m snug on digital camera. I need to begin performing courses. I’m not in a rush to do it, as a result of a number of male actors don’t get recognised till they’re of their 40s.
‘Idris Elba’s success began late. I do know I can bounce in and simply do motion movies. But I need to be taken significantly as an actor.
‘If it doesn’t work out, I’ll fall again on strolling away slowly from explosions.’
Back to the current and MVP stands on the cusp of the defining chapter of his career. Defeat to Douglas Lima within the welterweight grand prix in his final battle was the primary of his MMA career. MVP was knocked out by the previous champion. Irishman Richard Kiely awaits the Brit in Dublin this Friday.
Page is 14-1 and believes two fast wins earlier than the top of the yr will lead him again to Lima and probably to the belt, ought to the Brazilian strip Rory MacDonald of his title within the grand prix ultimate subsequent month.
Another loss would certainly derail MVP’s career. On paper, Kiely is a transparent underdog with simply 4 professional fights. Kiely has talked a giant sport and efficiently goaded MVP into preventing him. Page has typically attracted ridicule for his type and confidence.
He went viral after one knockout for throwing a Pokemon ball at his unconscious rival. That similar opponent suffered a fractured cranium after ducking into MVP’s flying knee.
‘What do I want my legacy to be? That’s a superb query… I’m unsure,’ MVP mentioned earlier than pausing. ‘I’m doing this for egocentric causes.
‘I think I might be a fighter who is appreciated after I’ve retired. In the second, folks want to criticise.
‘I’ve been in so many fights and I imagine I’ve been hit the least of any fighter. That simply doesn’t occur.
‘Even the best shakers and movers, like Israel Adesanya, they get hit a lot. I don’t get into these type of fights.
‘My style is difficult to understand, but once I’m gone, I believe folks will realise I used to be particular. It doesn’t trouble me.
‘My aim is to go as far as I can in this sport. The goal is to get titles.’
Page loved a trophy-laden career in kickboxing earlier than he transitioned into MMA. The London-born fighter grew up in a battle household. His mom and late father inspired and nurtured his expertise.
And with one eye on his subsequent transition, Page defined how he’ll know when it’s time to maneuver on.
‘I’ve ten brothers and sisters,’ he mentioned. ‘Four of us lived in my home. All of us fought. Martial arts was like college. You needed to go to high school and do martial arts.
‘It teaches you to separate your feelings, that you shouldn’t affiliate anger with preventing.
‘So many parents think martial arts will encourage aggression, but that’s the alternative of what it does.
‘Most of the time I feel the same when I fight,’ he mentioned. ‘The only time I didn’t was for the Paul Daley battle, however that was for private causes.
‘But principally, I really feel the identical anxiousness and pleasure. I all the time must go to the bathroom simply earlier than I stroll out.
‘We get our five-minute warning and four minutes and 30 seconds later I need to pee. There’s anxiousness going into battle.
‘I don’t assume it’s worry, as a result of it’s pleasurable. The second I lose that feeling, I’m calling it.’