UFC signs Michael 'Venom' Page to lucrative deal after Brit's Bellator exit as Dana White announces karate ace's debut | The Sun

BRIT mixed martial arts sensation Michael ‘Venom’ Page has officially signed with UFC.

Long-time fan favourite Page recently became a free agent following the expiration of his contract with Bellator.

Page, 36, had plenty of lucrative offers on the table after he entered free agency.

But the karate phenom has opted to ink a multi-fight deal with MMA's premier promotion.

UFC president Dana White announced his signing during the UFC 296 post-fight press conference.

And he revealed the Londoner will make his octagon debut against fan favourite Kevin Holland at UFC 299 on March 9.


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MMA fans were blown away by the announcement, with one writing on X: "Huge signing for the UFC."

Another said: "Holy!!!!!"

And another said: "Congrats to Mr 'Venom' Page! All the best in the UFC!"

One remarked: "Finally. Should have happened 7 years ago but ok."

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Another chimed in: "We can't wait."

Page left Bellator having competed 19 times for the North American promotion.

He revealed his free agency status in July during an appearance on The MMA Hour.

He told veteran mixed martial arts reporter Ariel Helwani: “I am currently unemployed.

“I think it’s time for me to just explore what else is out there. It doesn’t mean I’m not going to go back with Bellator.

"It just means I want to see what other people think of ‘MVP.’”

Page’s signing with the UFC paves the way for some entertaining match-ups.

Top of MMA fan’s wishlist after his debut will be a showdown with fellow karate specialist Stephen Thompson, who had spoken highly of the Brit in the past.

When asked to name his favourite Karateka’s in MMA, ‘Wonderboy’ told Shak MMA: "Definitely, I would say… the top of the list has to be MVP, Michael Page, 'Venom'.

"I think he comes from that point-fighting background, he's competed a lot against Raymond Daniels, who's one of the top point fighters and obviously best strikers out there.

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"Michael Page is definitely at the top of the list. His movement, his charisma out there; he's just very exciting to watch and he's so fast.

"So, he's definitely at the top of the list.”

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