How To Beat Michael Venom Page

Michael Venom Page’s Fighting Style

Throughout his MMA career, Michael Venom Page has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in a sideways orthodox stance trying to get them into striking range. If he can achieve the goal, Venom would stand on the edge of the pocket and constantly change switch stances. For example, Michael would start rounds in an orthodox stance repeatedly throwing the left jab followed by an occasional straight right. However, halfway through the round Page would go to a southpaw stance to throw the right leg side kick to the body and legs. Not only will Page switch stances to throw the left jab and right leg side kick but he also would occasionally square up to throw a right flying knee. The stance switching forced opponents to stand in place for a substantial amount of time as they tried to figure out what is the best strategy to close the distance and land some strikes. For instance, Fernando González spent large chunks of the fight against Michael “Venom” Page standing in place with his hands positioned at or above the jawline. This is because González had a hard time figuring out what was the best way to close the distance and land some strikes. As a result, Page repeatedly landed the left jab or right leg side kick without much resistance.

How To Beat Michael Venom Page

However, one can argue that Michael Venom Page fighting style will be the catalyst for his first loss. This is because every time he moves forward to close the distance, Page has his hands down by his side. Due to this, Michael is continuously giving his opponents an opportunity to land punches to the body without resistance. As a result of this, when Michael “Venom” Page comes forward, his opponent should look to land a couple strikes to the exposed chest and abdomen. After this happens, the opponent should either cover up or slightly slide back to avoid much damage until Michael is done. When Page is finished with the combination, the opponent should restart the process of attacking the body. If the opponent can successfully implement the game plan for the first half of the fight, Michael should become more of a stationary target in the latter half. As a result, he should have the opportunity to stand his ground and throw more power punches.

On the other hand, the opponent could wait until Michael Venom Page squares up to throw the right flying knee. Once he starts jumping, the opponent could sidestep or slide out of range to avoid the strike. When Page is on his way down, the opponent can start the process of getting back into range. After this happens, the opponent can extend his arms in an attempt to get the process of a clinch started. If he can achieve the goal, he can transition into the single/ double leg takedown or a leg sweep to get the fight to the floor. Once they are on the floor, the opponent can hurt Michael “Venom” Page with some ground and pound.

Bellator Has Opened The Door For Jon Jones To Fight Under USADA Suspension

Over the past week, several mixed martial arts media members have expressed concern about Bellator’s decision to book Mirko Cro Cop for their 200th event. This is because Cro Cop has yet to begin serving a two-year USADA suspension for having human growth hormone in his system before UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Masvidal. Bellator’s decision to book Mirko Cro Cop despite his USADA suspension puts at risk a well known unwritten rule among most MMA promotions and commissions. The unwritten rule states that no fighter should be given a commission license or be booked by a company until he/she has completed the suspension. This rule was meant to show competitors that if they got caught cheating, the ability to earn money would be stripped away. As a result of this, media members like Ryan Harkness of MMA Mania are asking the question does Bellator want to be known as the promotion that regularly breaks the unwritten rule. For instance, he stated in a recent article on this topic that “Bellator wants to use every single star they can get their hands on. But at the same time, do they want to be known as a promotion that ignores USADA suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs?”.

However, one can argue that Bellator broke the unwritten rule because they see a small window of opportunity to potentially sign Jon Jones in the near future. Jon Jones is currently facing a two to four-year suspension for his second violation under the USADA. The USADA violations are related to Jones ingesting substances that were banned by the agency. For example, according to ESPN, Jones was suspended for a year by USADA on November 7th of 2016 (“retroactive to July 6, the date Jones was pulled from a UFC 200 pay-per-view title fight”). This is because Jones tested positive for “the banned substances clomiphene and letrozole” which can be found in male enchantment drugs. A year later, Jon Jones committed another violation after he tested positive for turinabol in a drug test leading up to UFC 214. Due to this, if USADA decides to suspend him for four years retroactive to July 29th there is a possibility that he requests his release; to continue fighting elsewhere until the suspension is complete. If the UFC grants his freedom, Bellator would have real interest in signing Jon Jones because they have already established that entertainment is more important than the health of the sport.

As a result, if  Bellator and Jon Jones agreed to a contract, he would instantly become the company’s biggest television and pay per view star. According to mmapayout.com, the worst pay per view headlined by Jones had over three hundred thousand buys which is more than both Bellator pay per views. Furthermore, Jon is still considered one of the greatest of all time thus his potential presence in the company could entice free agents to jump ship. This is because these free agents would have the opportunity to be recognized as the first fighter to beat Jon Jones.

Rampage Jackson’s Obsession With Boxing Should Lead To His Demise Vs Chael Sonnen

Throughout his MMA career, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. If Rampage is successful, he will feint or throw the left jab which forces the opponent to slide back out of range; because he wants to avoid the possibility of being hit with the punch. When the adversary moves backward, Jackson will take a couple of steps forward and restart the process of feinting or throwing the left jab until the foe is near the fence. Once this happens, he will continuously throw a lead left hook followed by the right hook or overhand right; with the intention of severely hurting and knocking out the opponent. For instance, during the first fight against King Mo, Rampage feinted or threw the left jab forcing Mo to hop or slide back out of range on numerous occasions. Eventually, King Mo surrendered so much ground due to the threat of the left jab that he was near the fence. As a result of this, Rampage began to throw the lead left hook followed by the right hook or overhand right; with an occasional uppercut when Mo would duck down for a takedown attempt. Rampage’s strategy allowed him to pick up a controversial decision victory over King Mo.

 

However, one can argue Rampage Jackson’s fighting style has been the catalyst for his losses in MMA. This is because Rampage has often developed tunnel vision in search of the knockout that he disregards the wrestling aspect of mixed martial arts. In fact, when Jackson has an opponent near the fence, he tends to throw a wide lead left hook followed by a right hook or overhand right with the intention of generating as much power as possible. Jackson’s strategy gives his foes a chance to duck beneath the punches and create an opportunity for the clinch. Once the clinch has started, the opponent will reverse Rampage and put him up against the fence. Although one would expect fighters to try to get away from the wall, that is not the case with Rampage. Quinton will attempt to create space inside the clinch to throw some right uppercuts to the head and knees to the body. After a few moments, he stops striking, and the opponent is back on top of him to stay busy and win rounds by throwing some strikes or attempting takedowns. Due to this, Rampage has repeatedly asked his promoters to book him in fights vs. foes who are willing to strike with him. For example, in March of 2012, Rampage made an appearance on HDNet’s “Inside MMA” and said that; he was upset “with the UFC and the opponents they’ve been giving me…. why you giving me wrestlers who are gonna take me down and hump me?”

 

As a result of this, Chael Sonnen can develop two plausible game plans to defeat Rampage at Bellator 192.  Chael can interrupt Rampage’s pattern of throwing the left jab to get the foe near the fence by ducking under the punch to attempt a takedown. If he is successful on the takedown attempt, Sonnen will try to land some ground and pound. However, if Rampage can stop the takedown, Chael can let Rampage put him up against the fence. If  Sonnen is up against the wall, he can duck beneath the punches and create an opportunity for the clinch. Once the clinch has started, Chael will reverse Rampage and put him up against the fence. After this happens, he can once again shoot for the takedown.

Ultimately, this strategy should help Chael Sonnen pick up a decision victory over Rampage Jackson to advance to the next round of the heavyweight grand prix.

Douglas Lima’s Fighting Style Will Lead To His Downfall Vs Rory MacDonald 

Throughout his Bellator MMA tenure, Douglas Lima has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. If Lima is successful, he will feint or throw the left jab followed by a straight/ overhand right to get the opponent to raise their hands to block the punches. When the adversary raises their hands, it gives him an opportunity to use the right leg kick without having to worry about the opponent catching the kick. For instance, during the second fight against Andrey Koreshkov, Lima feinted or threw the left jab followed by a straight/ overhand right. The strategy forced Koreshkov to elevate his hands by a couple of inches to shield his face from the punches. As a result, Lima had an open window to throw and land the right leg kick because Koreshkov’s hands were out of range to catch the kick. Eventually, the strategy helped Lima Douglas Lima pick up a knockout victory over Andrey Koreshkov.

However, Rory MacDonald has most likely been made aware of Lima’s tendencies by his coaches at TriStar and Toshido MMA. As a result,  MacDonald will look to interrupt his combination by ducking under and attempting a takedown after the jab. If he is successful, Rory will try to land some ground and pound with the right hand or elbow. On the other hand, if Rory isn’t able to complete the first couple takedowns, it will at least force Lima to start over again and possibly be hesitant to throw punches. This opens the door for Rory to throw the left jab followed by the straight/overhand right without much resistance from Douglas Lima.

Ultimately this strategy should help Rory MacDonald cruise towards a decision  victory over Douglas Lima to become the new Bellator welterweight champion.