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.