Rumors swirl that UFC may have signed former Bellator star Michael Page

An unexpected sign may point to the UFC having possibly signed former Bellator star Michael Page.

Over the last five years, Bellator veteran Michael “Venom” Page (21-2) has been viewed as one of the best and most exciting welterweights outside the UFC. His unique Karate based style has long been a difficult puzzle to solve for his opponents, and many of them have been on the wrong end of some amazing highlight reel finishes.

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At the peak of his talents, Bellator was able to hold on to the gifted Englishman and keep him from joining competitors like the UFC, ONE Championship, or the Professional Fighters League. However, after 10 years with the promotion, “MVP” is planning to test his value in MMA free agency.

On a Monday edition of “The MMA Hour,” the 23-fight veteran revealed that he is “unemployed,” and that he believes it is finally “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.’”

Evidence that Michael Page has signed with the UFC?

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Credit: Lucas Noonan/Bellator MMA

The 36-year-old will surely draw a lot of interest from every major promotion in the sport. However, a weird clue has popped up that may indicate he already may be signed to the MMA world leader. Not long after his announcement, it was discovered that there is a new Michael Page fighter profile page on the UFC’s website.

The page has little information beyond a 36-year-old fighter — the same age as the Bellator veteran — that has a 0-0-0 record and debuted for the company on July 17. Obviously, there was no UFC card today and they don’t sign fighters with zero professional bouts. Furthermore, there is no other Michael Page on the roster where a glitch may have erased his information and record.

It all could be a silly mistake by the company and soon be taken down, or a purposeful swerve, or beta testing for his official addition to the athlete’s section of the site. It could even be one element that is part of a presentation for a planned meeting between the company and the fighter. It will be interesting to see how things play out in the next week or so.

Michael Page last fought in March, beating Goiti Yamauchi by technical knockout in the first round. He racked up a 17-2 record in Bellator and scored 10 knockouts during his run.

After earning his journalism degree in 2017, Jason Burgos served as a contributor to several sites, including MMA Sucka... More about Jason Burgos

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