Michael Page scored his fifth-straight Bellator victory on Friday night after the Briton stopped Derek Anderson after breaking his rival’s nose with a brutal leg kick in the first round.
The silky smooth Hackney-born mixed martial artist met Anderson at Bellator 258 in Uncasville, Connecticut at a catchweight of 175 pounds and all but ended the bout in the opening round after landing a perfect leg kick right on the button.
Anderson, 31, made it until the end of the round before a ringside physician stepped in to insist that the American was in no shape to continue, such was the damage done to the nose.
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Michael Venom Page inflicted a gruesome knockout on Derek Anderson at Bellator 258
The American was left with a badly broken nose after being struck by a perfect leg kick
Page’s victory moves ‘Venom’ a step closer to a rematch with Bellator’s welterweight champion Douglas Lima, the only man to inflict defeat on the Briton in his 20-fight career.
The 34-year-old is also the first person to defeat Anderson via TKO/KO and his victory on Friday saw him break the record for most knockout wins in Bellator.
‘It is a good one to come back on,’ Page said after his win. ‘Now Bellator have got going again it is a great one to start on to get me going as well and hopefully I am just active.
‘I feel great right now, as soon as I can get back in the cage I am going to be back.’
Anderson made it to the end of the first round before a physician stepped in to stop the contest
British martial artist Page moved to 19 wins, one defeat after beating his American rival
MMA fans have likened Page’s fighting style to that seen in video games, and the Briton says that he is in his ‘element’ when he is in the Octagon.
‘Fighting genuinely is my home,’ he said. ‘I genuinely feel at peace. I don’t feel stressed, I am in my absolute element when I am fighting.
‘I enjoy combat, it is more of a game for me. I don’t see the brutality in it. You can see by the way I demonstrate my martial arts that that’s what it is for me. I’m just at home.’
Fans took to Twitter to react to Page’s sensational kick, with one social media user comparing the damage sustained by Anderson to that of a crinkled can of Coke.
‘Michael Venom is scary’ one user wrote, while another fan labelled the 34-year-old ‘an absolute savage’.
MMA fans took to Twitter to laud Page after he secured his fifth successive victory