UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Bellator’s Michael Page has widely become of the sport’s most prolific athletes in just seven professional fights. Many believe Page would need to enter the UFC’s Octagon to be considered the best of the best.

But not so fast.

Page has no intentions of pursuing a career outside of the Bellator MMA promotion. At least not for the time being. 

“I’m perfectly happy with fighting under the Bellator brand,” Page told The MMA Corner. “Fedor [Emelianenko] never stepped foot inside the Octagon and he’s one of the greatest of all time.”

At just 27 years old, Page believes he may have found a permanent home under the new era of fighting that President Scott Coker has created. More importantly, Page feels immensely valued by the Bellator brand and is more than pleased with the direction the ship is sailing.

“I’m one of those guys who cares a lot about how you’re treated,” Page said. “Bellator has given me nothing but the best. I didn’t really know how it was all going to play out once Bjorn [Rebney] left. He was one of the first guys who really believed in me and believed in my potential. But Bellator now has a whole new feel to it. Everyone’s happy and everyone’s excited for our future as a company.”

The sky is indeed the limit for Page as he’s found success in all seven professional fights of his young career. Page’s massive frame allows him to tower over the majority of his opponents and compiled with the use of his kickboxing and karate background, “Venom” has been nearly flawless to date. But many would argue that true legitimacy would require a transition to a field of higher competition. A transition to deep waters of the UFC’s welterweight division.

Even still, Page has no plans of leaving the place he calls home.

“I don’t have plans of going anywhere,” Page admitted. “I think if you look elsewhere, you’ll see a lot of guys who aren’t happy. A lot of guys complain about how they’re being treated. I don’t want to be in a position where I’m not appreciated or respected as a fighter. Bellator really does take care of me. It’s at the point where we’re starting to see a lot of guys come over and represent Bellator who used to fight in the UFC.”

“You see guys like Royce Gracie and Randy Couture are coming and joining us. They’re being treated the right way here and that’s how it should be. I’m personally a huge fan of [Bill] Goldberg and now you’re seeing him come to Bellator events,” said Page. “That says a lot about the things that are going on behind the scenes here.”

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Page has every right to be treated as such as the star potential he possesses has been compared to the likes of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. His dominant striking and in-cage tactics have caught the attention of many and the comparisons mimic a young Anderson Silva. But even with the hype train following Page step-by-step, Bellator’s youthful star realizes he’s not ready for the stardom. Not yet, anyway.

Even a welterweight title shot is not as near and dear as some may think. When asked about a potential matchup with Bellator’s 170-pound champ, Douglas Lima, Page shrugged off the idea for the time being.

“I’ll be the first to admit that I have a lot of room to grow as a martial artist,” Page said. “I’m not anywhere close to reaching my full potential. I would say I’m getting there, but I’m not there yet. When I compare myself to the best welterweights in the world, I would say I’m close. In about a year or so, I’ll have grown and be at that level.”

“I’m improving everyday in order to become the fighter I dream of being,” Page said. “I would like to fight three or four times this year. I think I will be ready for a title shot at the end of this year. I’ll be ready for the opportunity. Right now it’s more of me trying to work on my mindset. I feel at this point in time, if I would fight the best welterweight in the world, whoever that may be, I would need to make sure there are no mental lapses. When you get in the cage, you can’t think out every move you’re going to make. You have to get in there and take care of business. For me to get that type of fight right now, I don’t think I would be mentally ready,” said Page. “But I’ll be ready by the end of the year.

An honest approach is rare for a man with as much talent and potential as Page. “Venom” will have the opportunity to showcase his unique skill-set once more when Bellator travels to Uncasville, Conn. on Friday, July 17, for Bellator 140. Page will meet Rudy Bears on the main card which will air live on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

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